Cleverman is a smart, sexy and startlingly original drama that sees a group of non-humans battling for survival in a world where humans feel increasingly inferior to them and want to silence, exploit and kill them.

Cleverman tells the story of two indigenous half-brothers who join forces to battle an ancient mythological monster. In this not-too-distant dystopian future, an ancient species known as Hairypeople fight for survival on the fringes of society.

Series two sees Koen, still learning to truly harness his powers as the Cleverman, as the only one who can stop the bloodshed between human and Hairy. Ranged against him is the full force of the government, spearheaded by his brother Waruu, who is now empowered by Hairy strength within him, and who has found the one thing which can negate Koen’s powers, and render him mortal.

Season 1 – 6×1 hour (In Market)
Season 2 – 6×1 hour (In Market)
Drama – Near Fi
Live action with animated creatures
Co-production with Goalpost Pictures
Weta Workshop contributed creature design, specialty hair work and makeup effects
Park Road Post Production provided picture, visual effects and sound post production services


Cleverman is an epic new genre drama produced by Goalpost Pictures Australia and 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 is distributing the drama series worldwide. Oscar®-winning and world-renowned Weta Workshop (Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy, King Kong Avatar, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Godzilla) through their association with Pukeko Pictures, together with Jacob Nash (Bangarra Dance Company) are providing the creature design. Park Road Post Production (The Hobbit trilogy) is providing picture, visual effects and sound post production services.

The recommission announcement for a second series came just as Season One of the series launched internationally and Goalpost Pictures and Pukeko Pictures have started production on the second series.


Series One debuted on SundanceTV in the USA and in Australia on ABC, after which it was quickly picked up by the BBC in the UK and TVNZ in New Zealand.

The Second Series is now airing internationally


The television series has spun into a Comic book launched by Gestalt. The first comic was written by Ryan Griffen and Wolfgang Bylsma with art by Emily K Smith. CLEVERMAN #1 sold out of its initial print.


Cleverman is based on an original concept by Ryan Griffen. Michael Miller is Script Producer and Writers are Michael Miller, Jon Bell and Jane Allen. Producers are Rosemary Blight and Lauren Edwards for Goalpost Pictures, Ryan Griffen and for Pukeko Pictures, Angela Littlejohn with Executive Producers Sally Riley, Kylie du Fresne, Ben Grant, Martin Baynton, Adam Fratto, Jan David Frouman and Amelie Kienlin.

Wayne Blair, Director of the Australian box office hit The Sapphires and upcoming film Septembers of Shiraz is Lead Director with acclaimed Director, Writer, Actress and Performer Leah Purcell also directing. Featuring a superb ensemble cast led by Scottish actor, Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Golden Globe® nominee, Frances O’Connor (The Missing), Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires), Hunter Page-Lochard (The Sapphires), Rob Collins (The Lion King) and Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games).

Wayne Blair and Leah Purcell return to direct season 2, along with cast including; Hunter Page-Lochard, Rob Collins, Iain Glen, Frnaces O’connor, Deborah Mailman, Tasma Walton. The cast is joined in series two by Rachael Blake, Clarence Ryan and Taylor Ferguson. Jane Allen is Script Producer and Writer on this series, along with Stuart Page, Justine Gillmer, Jada Alberts and show creator Ryan Griffen. Producers are ROsemary Blight for Goalpost Pictures, Ryan Griffen and for Pukeko Pictures Sharon Lark with Executive Producers Sally Riley, Kelrick Martin, Ben Grant, Kylie du Fresne, Angela Littlejohn, Lisa Chatfield, Amelie Kielin, Jan David Frouman, Irina Ignatiew, Adam Fratto, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Jude Troy.


Cleverman Season One made its international premiere at the Berlinale Special program at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and was selected to screen at the 2016 Series Mania TV festival in Paris.

Nominated for the AWGIE awards, the Australian Writers Guild awards, for Best Original Miniseries, which will take place later in 2016 in Sydney.

Winner of a Screen Producers Award for Best Drama Series of the year 2016.

Nominated for two 2016 APDG Awards: Mac Cosmetics Award for Make-Up, Hair and Prosthetic Make-up Design and ACS Award for Production Design for a Television Drama.

Finalist in the prestigious 76th Peabody Awards 2017.

Nomination for five 2017 TV Logie Awards including Best Outstanding Drama, Best Actress (Deborah Mailman – Aunty Linda) Best New Talent & Most Outstanding Newcomer – Graham Kennedy Breakthrough Star of Tomorrow (Rob Collins – Waruu) and finally another, Most Outstanding Newcomer – Graham Kennedy Breakthrough Star of Tomorrow (Hunter Page-Lochard – Koen).

In 2017, Cleverman Season Two  Premiered at the Sydney Film Festival

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