Exclusive Cleverman Featurette: Creating the Hairies


Episode 1.04 of SundanceTV’s “Cleverman” airs tonight, and along with the synopsis, several stills, and a sneak peek of the ep, entitled “Sun and Moon,” we have an exclusive featurette to share that details in an intimate way what went into creating the Hairypeople, featuring New Zealand’s world-renowned Weta Workshop (The Hobbit, among many others).

Set in the very near future, the series follows a group of extraordinary beings who battle for survival in a world where humans feel increasingly threatened by them. These creatures from ancient mythology, known as “Hairypeople,” have recently made themselves known and have extraordinary strength, speed, and longevity; but they are cast as social misfits and seek refuge in The Zone: a fragile community that finds strength in the brotherhood between Hairy and human.

Central to the story is a pair of estranged Indigenous brothers, one of whom assumes the power of the “Cleverman,” who acts as the conduit between the worlds of the Dreaming and the present. The brothers, Koen and Waruu West, are forced together to fight for their own survival.

The six-episode series stars Golden Globe nominee Frances O’Connor (“The Missing”), Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones”), Hunter Page-Lochard (The Sapphires), and Rob Collins (The Lion King).

“Cleverman” is based on an original concept by Ryan Griffen. Wayne Blair (The Sapphires, Septembers of Shiraz) is lead director, with acclaimed director, writer, actress, and performer Leah Purcell also directing. The series is produced by Goalpost Pictures Australia and New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures for ABC TV Australia in co-production with SundanceTV and Red Arrow International, with the assistance of Screen Australia, Screen NSW, and the New Zealand Screen Production Grant. Red Arrow International distributes “Cleverman” worldwide.

“Cleverman” Episode 1.04 – “Sun and Moon” (airs 6/22/16; 10PM on SundanceTV)
The Hairies continue to be blamed as more people are brutally murdered. As tensions mount, Waruu demands Koen use his Cleverman powers to halt the murders.




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