Filming is now underway on upcoming ABC drama Black B*tch (working title) starring Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths,
The six-part series by Blackfella Films shoots in Sydney, Canberra, and central Queensland, as a story of high stakes ambition, betrayal and treachery.
The cast also includes Harry Richardson (Poldark, Dr Thorne), William McInnes (Deep Water, Rake), Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road, Jack Irish), Rob Collins (Secret City: Under The Eagle, Cleverman), Anthony Hayes (The Light Between Oceans, The Slap), Celia Ireland (Wentworth), Trisha Morton-Thomas (Redfern Now, 8MMM), James Sweeny (The Secret Daughter, Brock), David Roberts (Offspring, Please Like Me), Luke Carroll (Black Comedy, Upright), Adele Perovic (The Code), Huw Higginson (Secret City, Janet King) and introducing Shantae Barnes Cowan.
ABC Head of Indigenous Kelrick Martin says “Deborah Mailman is a national treasure, and we couldn’t be prouder to be providing her with her first lead role in a TV series – it’s a long overdue opportunity for her. Along with the rest of this incredible cast, we also want to give a huge cheer to the team at Blackfella Films, who are once again working incredibly hard to achieve this landmark show for ABC.”
Darren Dale and Miranda Dear from Blackfella Films said, “It is testament to the power and relevance of this story that it has attracted such a stellar line-up of extraordinary actors. We are thrilled that Deborah Mailman has her first starring role in a major drama series and the chemistry between her and the inimitable Rachel Griffiths will be electrifying.”
Penny Smallacombe, Head of Indigenous at Screen Australia says “The complex issues faced by the headstrong Indigenous female lead in Black B*tch (W/T) will push audiences to grapple with the harsh realities of both federal and community politics in Australia. With director Rachel Perkins and the renowned production team of Darren Dale and Miranda Dear at the helm, and Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths leading this high-profile cast I’m sure this series will resonate when it premieres on ABC later this year.”
It will air later this year.
Production Credit: Blackfella Films production for the ABC. Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the ABC. Financed with support from Create NSW with Screen Queensland and Screen Canberra. Director Rachel Perkins. Producers Darren Dale and Miranda Dear. Executive Producer Rachel Griffiths. Script Producer Stuart Page. ABC Executive Producers Kelrick Martin and Sally Riley. International Distributor is Keshet International, working alongside Endeavor Content in the US.