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Cleverman: First Contact

Humans discover the "Hairies" live among them, and seek to imprison and marginalize them. Meanwhile, half-brothers Koen and Waruu West discover that one of them is chosen as the Cleverman: the link between the Dreaming and the real world.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Wednesday June 01st, 2016
Special Runtime: 65 Minutes

Guest Stars
Rahel Romahn
As Ludo (Ludo Abbiati)
Miranda TapsellMiranda Tapsell
As Lena (as Miranda Tapsall)
Leeanna WalsmanLeeanna Walsman
As Belinda (Belinda Frosche)
Val Weldon
As Jyra
Mansoor NoorMansoor Noor
As McIntyre's 2IC
Eric GrotheEric Grothe
As CA Checkpoint Guard #1
Jason Stevens (2)Jason Stevens (2)
As CA Checkpoint Guard #2
Jack Charles
As Uncle Jimmy
Adam Briggs
As Maliyan
Trevor Jamieson
As Uncle Max
Kamil EllisKamil Ellis
As Mungo
Josh McConvilleJosh McConville
As Dickson
Elijah ValadianElijah Valadian
As Young Waruu
Main Cast
Rob Collins
As Waruu West
Ryan CorrRyan Corr
As Blair
Tasma WaltonTasma Walton
As Araluen
Tony Briggs
As Boondee
Jada Alberts
As Nerida West
Tamala Shelton
As Alinta West
Rarriwuy Hick
As Latani
Tysan Towney
As Djukara
Andrew McFarlane (2)Andrew McFarlane (2)
As Minister Geoff Matthews
Marcus GrahamMarcus Graham
As McIntyre
Deborah MailmanDeborah Mailman
As Aunty Linda
Frances OFrances O'Connor
As Charlotte Slade
Iain GlenIain Glen
As Jarrod Slade


The Aboriginal people of Australia are the longest surviving culture on earth with over 60,000 years of stories known as The Dreaming. The Dreaming is the spiritual realm that bind the past, present and future together. It is inhabited by incredible creatures and spirits. At the head of this realm is the Cleverman, a powerful man who is the conduct between The Dreaming and the real world...

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Episode Quotes
Blair: We should have guns.
Koen: Since when do you know how to use a gun?
Blair: I know how to hold one.

Koen: Listen, Bundy.
Boondee: Boondee.
Koen: Boondee. Boondee.

Jarrod: Get Belinda reporting. Tell her I want a human angle. Irony always comes included, you know that.

Matthews: You're about to run a snuff movie. You know what embargo means?
Jarrod: I understand the headache it's gonna cause you, but the story happened and it makes great TV. And I run a TV network.

Jarrod: Thing about coffee, it's always coffee. Drink it black, it's coffee. Add a splash of milk, it's coffee. Add a lot of milk, it still tastes like coffee.
Matthews: I'm a flat white kind of guy myself.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperJono Gavin  |  Drew Proffitt  |  Ryan Griffen  |  Jon Bell  |  Michael Miller (4)
Executive ProducerIrina Ignatiew  |  Adam Fratto  |  Martin Baynton  |  Kylie Du Fresne  |  Ben Grant  |  Wayne Blair  |  Amelie Kienlin  |  Jan David Frouman  |  Sally Riley
ProducerAngela Littlejohn  |  Rosemary Blight  |  Lauren Edwards  |  Ryan Griffen
Production DesignerJo Ford  |  Jacob Nash
CastingAnousha Zarkesh  |  Mele Nagler
Line ProducerLouisa Kors
Costume DesignerEmily Seresin
CinematographerMark Wareham
Visual Effects ProducerSharon Lark
ComposerDave Whitehead (1)
Hair & Make - Up DesignerKath Brown
Based On An Original IdeaRyan Griffen
Picture EditorSimon Price
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