Airdate: House of Gods

New ABC drama centres around an Iraqi Australian family grappling with power and privilege when their patriarch is elected Head Cleric of their local mosque.

New six part drama series House of Gods premieres on ABC in late February, with all six episodes available on iview.

The series follows the lives of an ambitious Iraqi Australian family grappling with newfound power and privilege when their charismatic patriarch is elected Head Cleric of their local mosque. This compelling series takes audiences behind the walls of an imam’s family and the community he leads, exploring the personal cost of power and ambition.

Co-creator, writer and co-executive producer Osamah Sami (Ali’s Wedding, Savage River, Shayda), who himself grew up as the son of a Head Cleric, says the series is a celebration of his community with all its traditions and flaws.

Sami said: “Storytelling is how we all connect. It’s how we tell each other we’re not alone in this world. All the cultural and religious differences go out the door once you realise another person can experience the same feelings as you even though they’re from another part of the world, or their religion or skin colour is different. That’s our hope for House of Gods”.

Produced by Matchbox Pictures and directed by Fadia Abboud (Here Out West, Year Of, Five Bedrooms) the cast includes Kamel El Basha (Our Males and Females, Room 207 ), Maia Abbas (Savage River), Safia Arain (Bump), the late Simon Elrahi (Last King of the Cross), Priscilla Doueihy (Special Ops: Lioness, Babyteeth, Eden) and Majid Shokor (Stateless, Nowhere Boys).

Production Credit: House of Gods is a Matchbox Pictures production for the ABC. Major production investment from Screen Australia and the ABC. Financed with support from Screen NSW. International sales by NBCUniversal Global TV Distribution. Matchbox Pictures is part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group. Created by Osamah Sami and Shahin Shafaei, developed by Blake Ayshford, produced by Bree-Anne Sykes and executive produced by Sheila Jayadev, Blake Ayshford and Debbie Lee. ABC Executive Producers Sally Riley and Brett Sleigh.

Sunday 25 February at 8.30pm on ABC / All six episodes on iview

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