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‘Cleverman’ comes to Orange Regional Museum

By August 10, 2021Museum, News

An exhibition exploring the making of the TV drama series Cleverman is on display at Orange Regional Museum.

Cleverman stormed onto ABC TV in 2016 as a dystopian sci-fi with a difference. With predominantly Indigenous cast and senior crew, the series explores a series of Aboriginal origin stories in a contemporary context, with political nuance touching on themes of class, racism and power.

Exploring First Nations storytelling, language and creativity in production design, costumes and props, this free exhibition invites you to listen-first and immerse yourself in a powerful and contemporary expression of origin stories.

BEHIND THE SCENES: The exhibition includes props, costumes and make-up from the series, designs by Weta Workshop and artwork from the original comic book series. Photo ©Michael Jalaru Torres

Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said the free exhibition would be at the museum until 24 October and encouraged everyone to take the opportunity to visit the impressive display.

“This is a great opportunity to go behind the scenes of the production and see how all the different aspects came together to create this great Australian drama series,” Cr Kidd said.

The touring exhibition has been created by ACMI, the museum of screen culture, located in Melbourne. It includes props, costumes and make-up from the series, designs by Weta Workshop and artwork from the original comic book series.

ACMI Director and CEO Katrina Sedgwick OAM said ACMI has been curating and touring exhibitions across Australia for the past decade, celebrating extraordinary Australian screen practice and practitioners.

“The ground-breaking series Cleverman presents Dreaming stories in a stunningly designed sci-fi near-future, laced with political themes that ring true today,” Ms Sedgwick said.

“We jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with series creator Ryan Griffen to create an exhibition that takes people behind the scenes to explore the storytelling and superb screen craft that delivered this remarkable Indigenous Australian TV series.”

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

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