Black B*tch: trailer

ABC's 6 part drama with Rachel Griffiths and Deborah Mailman will be must-see TV.

Upcoming ABC drama Black B*tch will have its World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 6.

The series starring Rachel Griffiths and Deborah Mailman is directed by Rachel Perkins and written by Pip Karmel.

The six-part series by Blackfella Films also includes Harry Richardson, William McInnes, Aaron Pedersen, Rob Collins, Anthony Hayes, Celia Ireland, Trisha Morton-Thomas, James Sweeny, David Roberts, Luke Carroll, Adele Perovic, Huw Higginson and introducing Shantae Barnes Cowan.

Director Rachel Perkins said, “You can be so immersed in the creative process of filmmaking that you become unsure of what you have at the end of it. News of our acceptance into Toronto, particularly given our television series is one of the few chosen from the world, was therefore a high point and a huge relief. Screening at Toronto is also special on a very personal level. It marks the 20th year of my collaboration with actress Deborah Mailman. My career has been built around her prodigious talent and I look forward to following our leading lady onto the red carpet.”

It is due to screen on ABC later this year.

A local Indigenous politician (Deborah Mailman) is recruited to the senate by the Australian Prime Minister (Rachel Griffiths) after a contentious video goes viral, in Rachel Perkins’ drama about systemic injustice and the complexities of political change.

After video of a violent attack in Queensland goes viral, local Indigenous politician Alex Irving (Deborah Mailman, The Sapphires, TIFF ’12) is unexpectedly thrust into the national spotlight. It’s not long before Australian Prime Minister Rachel Anderson (Rachel Griffiths, Six Feet Under) — embattled within her own party and searching for votes ahead of the next election — takes notice and offers Alex a senate seat. Skeptical of the political PR machine, and wary of being considered the party’s “pet Aborigine,” as her left-leaning brother puts it, Alex nonetheless sees the Prime Minister’s proposal as a rare opportunity to bring about meaningful, lasting change for her community.

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