Premieres Thursday July 10 at 7.30pm AEST on Bio Channel Only on Foxtel
Directed by Award-winning actor and director Leah Purcell
Who We Are: Brave New Clan is a one hour television special following the lives of six exceptional young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, showing how they engage with their communities, history and cultures, in modern Australia.
As part of their contemporary lifestyles, these inspiring young Australians showcase music, politics, careers, histories, bush medicine, language and stories. Their unique journeys span Indigenous cultures across the country from the bustling streets of Sydney to the aquamarine vistas of the Torres Strait.
The young Australians featured are:
· James Saunders: Rugby player, with a digital PR business, 28 years old, from Brisbane, currently living in Sydney.
· Miranda Tapsell: Actress, 27 years old, from Darwin, currently living in Sydney.
· Kaylah Tyson: Rapper, 26 years old, from Brisbane.
· Joshua Toomey: Electrical linesman, 28 years old, from Dubbo, and currently living in Lakehaven, Central Coast NSW.
· Kim Isaacs: Doctor, 34 years old, from Broome.
· Harry Sabatino: Engineering student, 19 years old, from Saibai Island in the Torres Strait, and currently living in Brisbane.
This is the third instalment of the Who We Are series and was developed by Foxtel in partnership with Reconciliation Australia and CAAMA Productions(Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association). The program is directed by Leah Purcell, who has an impressive career across film, television and theatre.
Leah Purcell said, “We’re proud of the documentary we’ve created – it promotes understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, histories and cultures, while dispelling some commonly held stereotypes. Who We Are: Brave New Clan celebrates diversity across Australia and we hope it inspires audiences to find out more about Indigenous place names, people, languages and cultures in their own local area.”
“The six young people featured in the program helped us find the title “Brave New Clan”. James, Miranda, Kaylah, Josh, Kim and Harry are all incredibly “brave” having faced adversity at some stage in their lives to now be happier individuals, role models for others, and leaders in their communities. They are “new” talent, all up and comers in their chosen fields, and of course, they form an integral part of their own “clan” and communities.”
Brian Walsh, Foxtel Executive Director of Television said, "Who We Are: Brave New Clan reinforces Foxtel’s commitment to sharing stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, their excellence and success – and adds to our continuing commitment to producing Australian content. We are proud of our partnerships with Reconciliation Australia and CAAMA, and the Who We Are series is a key element of Foxtel’s Reconciliation Action Plan.”
This made for Foxtel documentary launches exclusively on Bio during NAIDOC Week 2014 on Thursday July 10 at 7.30pm.
Who We Are: Brave New Clan Credits:
Directed by Leah Purcell
Written by Ernest Hariyanto, Leah Purcell and Larissa Behrendt
Production Manager, Kim Steblina
Producer, Alice Taylor (CAAMA)
Executive Producer, Nicolas Lee (CAAMA)