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Note: In collaboration with British screenwriter Jimmy McGovern. Note: Adrian Wills is credited as Adrian Russell Wills.
Issue Details: First known date: 2012 2012
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Redfern Now is 'the first contemporary TV drama series written, directed and produced by Indigenous Australians.'

Source: ABC Television website.

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form y Pretty Boy Blue Steven McGregor , Australia : ABC Television Blackfella Films , 2012 6037468 2012 single work film/TV

'Aaron Davis is a proud Indigenous policeman: proud of the community in which he works, and very proud of his daughter Robyn and his three-year-old granddaughter Donna.

'It's early morning, and Aaron does his usual boxing training with local kids, and the only thing to mar the day is that he is being taunted by young troublemaker Lenny.

'Late that day as Aaron is finishing up at the station Lenny is brought in yelling abuse. Lenny's been in a bad fight and Aaron is about to call for a doctor. But he stops when Lenny's taunting pushes him too far, and so when Lenny calls out from the cell in pain, Aaron ignores him.

'But Lenny's cries suddenly stop and Aaron realises that something is terribly wrong. He rushes to help, but it's too late — Lenny is dead. And so Aaron's nightmare begins.

'As word of the death spreads, Lenny's brother tries to cause trouble but he and his young friends are held back, talked around by family and community. Lenny's mother, Aunty Mona, asks Aaron whether her boy suffered. Aaron lies and tells her no.

'But when Lenny's family is shown the cell surveillance tapes, Aaron has to find the courage to go and tell Aunty Mona the truth.'

Source: Australian Television Information Archive. (Sighted: 11/6/2013)

Australia : ABC Television Blackfella Films , 2012

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— Appears in: The Conversation , 9 June 2016;
'One of the things I love about my culture is the sense of magic within it. Everything was created from some greater power, and I can see why elders worry that our young people are losing that sense of magic, of wonder, within the oldest living culture in the world. ...'
Elite Indigenous Masculinity in Textual Representations of Aboriginal Service in the Vietnam War Noah Riseman , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , February vol. 40 no. 1 2016; (p. 32-44)

'This article analyses three texts that feature Aboriginal soldiers or veterans of the Vietnam War as protagonists: the novel Not Quite Men, No Longer Boys (1999), the play Seems Like Yesterday (2001) and the Redfern Now television episode “The Dogs of War” (2013). In all three texts, military service in Vietnam inculcates among the protagonists sentiments constitutive of what Brendan Hokowhitu refers to as elite Indigenous masculinity—the mimicry and appropriation of white hegemonic masculinity. Constructing themselves as elite Indigenous males allows the Aboriginal soldiers/veterans to position themselves as superior to “other” Aboriginal males. Through the course of the texts, though, the protagonists come to realise that elite Indigenous masculinity is a myth because civilian (white) Australia will continue to judge them the same as other Aboriginal men. Through encounters with other Aboriginal men, the Aboriginal soldiers/veterans are able to reconceptualise their own masculinities and to accept the legitimacy of multiple Aboriginal masculinities.'

Source: Abstract.

Putting Our Students in the Picture Penelope Debelle , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 16 May 2015; (p. 50)
New Wave Rising : The Stunning Success of Indigenous Australian Film and Television Rochelle Siemienowicz , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings , January no. 16 2014;

'When Deborah Mailman and Shari Sebbens, stars of the hit 2012 Australian film The Sapphires, made the statements above they were speaking breathlessly to the media after the 2nd Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTA). Standing alongside golden-voiced songbird, Jessica Mauboy, Mailman and Sebbens were glowing with fierce pride, not just for The Sapphires' accomplishments - eleven AACTA Awards in total, along with critical success, standout local box office of A$15 million, and a global distribution deal with the Weinstein Company - but also for the nomination of ABC telemovie Mabo and the two awards won by acclaimed Indigenous ABC TV drama series, Redfern Now, which happened to be the first Australian drama series written, directed and produced by Indigenous Australians, and was watched by more than 700, 000 viewers.' (Publisher's summary)

Another Logie for Redfern Now 2014 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 7 May no. 575 2014; (p. 3)

'For the second consecutive year, Redfern Now has taken out Most Outstanding Drama at the annual Australian TV industry awards, the Logies.'

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— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 215 2014; (p. 30-36)
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— Appears in: Daily Review , 16 December 2014;
Black to Front Susan Johnson , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25-26 May 2013; (p. 12-16)
' Across the cultural spectrum, a new wave of indigenous artists is finding mainstream success.'
Mailman Delivers Debbie Schipp , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 27 October 2013; (p. 3)
Redfern Now is Returning Soon 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 23 October no. 562 2013; (p. 4)
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— Appears in: Studies in Australasian Cinema , October vol. 7 no. 2-3 2013; (p. 215-225)
'Redfern Now has been acclaimed as the first Indigenous television drama series to be produced in Australia. With the support of Indigenous executive producers, Sally Riley at ABC Television and Erica Glynn at Screen Australia, the anthology series was produced by Blackfella Films and featured Indigenous writers, directors and actors in leading roles. This article argues that the decolonizing lens of Redfern Now is evident not only in Indigenous creative control but also in the immersive aesthetic and ethical dilemmas that invite the viewer to experience Redfern from an Aboriginal vantage point. This hospitable invitation offers a mode of assimilative spectatorship that redresses the paradox of Aboriginal erasure/visibility in the settler colonial nation.' (Author's abstract)
Redfern Now Is a Television Triumph Marc Daley , 2013 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 20 November no. 564 2013; (p. 23)
You Slice'n'Dice the Couch Potatoes Craig Mathieson , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 19 December 2013; (p. 8)
Emotion and Grit Set Tone and Style Kathryn Kernohan , 2013 single work
— Appears in: The Age , 24 October 2013; (p. 6)

— Review of Redfern Now Jon Bell Adrian Wills Steven McGregor Danielle Maclean Michelle Blanchard Wayne Blair 2012 series - publisher film/TV
Ordinary People Graeme Blundell , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 October 2013; (p. 26)

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Stunning Opening for Redfern Melinda Houston , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 October 2013; (p. 27)

— Review of Redfern Now Jon Bell Adrian Wills Steven McGregor Danielle Maclean Michelle Blanchard Wayne Blair 2012 series - publisher film/TV
Redfern Holds Viewer in Tight Grip Tony Squires , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 31 October 2013; (p. 38) The Sydney Morning Herald , 31 October 2013; (p. 36)

— Review of Redfern Now Jon Bell Adrian Wills Steven McGregor Danielle Maclean Michelle Blanchard Wayne Blair 2012 series - publisher film/TV
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— Appears in: Melbourne Community Voice , 20 November no. 672 2013; (p. 22)

— Review of Redfern Now Jon Bell Adrian Wills Steven McGregor Danielle Maclean Michelle Blanchard Wayne Blair 2012 series - publisher film/TV
Untitled Melinda Houston , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 28 October 2012; (p. 27)

— Review of Redfern Now Jon Bell Adrian Wills Steven McGregor Danielle Maclean Michelle Blanchard Wayne Blair 2012 series - publisher film/TV
Untitled Melinda Houston , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 28 October 2012; (p. 24)

— Review of Redfern Now Jon Bell Adrian Wills Steven McGregor Danielle Maclean Michelle Blanchard Wayne Blair 2012 series - publisher film/TV
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— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 27 - 28 October 2012; (p. 26-27)

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Indigenous Talent Rises to the Challenge Holly Byrnes , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 31 October 2012; (p. 5)

— Review of Redfern Now Jon Bell Adrian Wills Steven McGregor Danielle Maclean Michelle Blanchard Wayne Blair 2012 series - publisher film/TV
A Singular Look at Emotional Diversity Graeme Blundell , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 31 October 2012; (p. 19)

— Review of Redfern Now Jon Bell Adrian Wills Steven McGregor Danielle Maclean Michelle Blanchard Wayne Blair 2012 series - publisher film/TV
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— Appears in: Indigenous Times , 17 October no. 286 2012; (p. 24)

— Review of Redfern Now Jon Bell Adrian Wills Steven McGregor Danielle Maclean Michelle Blanchard Wayne Blair 2012 series - publisher film/TV
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— Appears in: The Australian , 15 November 2012; (p. 19)

— Review of Redfern Now Jon Bell Adrian Wills Steven McGregor Danielle Maclean Michelle Blanchard Wayne Blair 2012 series - publisher film/TV
Advance Australia Fare Ruth Ritchie , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 November 2012; (p. 18)

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— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December 2012 - January 2013 no. 347 2012; (p. 51)

— Review of Redfern Now Jon Bell Adrian Wills Steven McGregor Danielle Maclean Michelle Blanchard Wayne Blair 2012 series - publisher film/TV
Emotion and Grit Set Tone and Style Kathryn Kernohan , 2013 single work
— Appears in: The Age , 24 October 2013; (p. 6)

— Review of Redfern Now Jon Bell Adrian Wills Steven McGregor Danielle Maclean Michelle Blanchard Wayne Blair 2012 series - publisher film/TV
Ordinary People Graeme Blundell , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 October 2013; (p. 26)

— Review of Redfern Now Jon Bell Adrian Wills Steven McGregor Danielle Maclean Michelle Blanchard Wayne Blair 2012 series - publisher film/TV ; Ja'mie : Private School Girl Chris Lilley 2013 single work film/TV
Stunning Opening for Redfern Melinda Houston , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 October 2013; (p. 27)

— Review of Redfern Now Jon Bell Adrian Wills Steven McGregor Danielle Maclean Michelle Blanchard Wayne Blair 2012 series - publisher film/TV
Redfern Holds Viewer in Tight Grip Tony Squires , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 31 October 2013; (p. 38) The Sydney Morning Herald , 31 October 2013; (p. 36)

— Review of Redfern Now Jon Bell Adrian Wills Steven McGregor Danielle Maclean Michelle Blanchard Wayne Blair 2012 series - publisher film/TV
Redfern - Wow! Will Lowes , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Melbourne Community Voice , 20 November no. 672 2013; (p. 22)

— Review of Redfern Now Jon Bell Adrian Wills Steven McGregor Danielle Maclean Michelle Blanchard Wayne Blair 2012 series - publisher film/TV
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— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 14 November 2013;

— Review of Redfern Now Jon Bell Adrian Wills Steven McGregor Danielle Maclean Michelle Blanchard Wayne Blair 2012 series - publisher film/TV
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— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15 December 2010; (p. 5)
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— Appears in: The Australian , 23 September 2010; (p. 4)
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— Appears in: The Australian , 11 June 2012; (p. 26)
Cameras Roll on Redfern Now 2012 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 6 June no. 267 2012; (p. 40)
Reel Time Michael Bodey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 20 June 2012; (p. 17)
Dream Time to Act Out Elissa Blake , 2012 single work criticism
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— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 28 October 2012; (p. 22)
Ten Questions : Leah Purcell Nick Leys , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 29 October 2012; (p. 31)
Home Truths Davis Guy , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 29 October 2012; (p. 4-5)
The Cab Wasn't Worth Following Dianne Butler , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 31 October 2012; (p. 3)
Jimi Bani Hits the Street in Breakthrough TV Show Matt Garrick , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Torres News , 29 October - 4 November no. 1039 2012; (p. 10)
Television Comes to the Block, But for a Different Drama Jonathan Swan , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 November 2012; (p. 2)
Series Focus on Redfern Margaret Smith , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 17 October no. 537 2012; (p. 29)
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Redfern Now 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 7th November 2012; (p. 44)
Indigenous Drama Gets Second Season Ashleigh Wilson , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 13 November 2012; (p. 3)
Redfern Now on ABC Rhonda Hagan , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 31 October no. 288 2012; (p. 12)
Next Big Things John Bailey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 2 December 2012; (p. 8-9)
Gongs Galore 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 December 2012; (p. 3-5)
Boxing Daze Graeme Blundell , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22-23 December 2012; (p. 18-19)
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— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 21 November no. 291 2012; (p. 6)
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