Direct from the US and launching on March 1 is SBS On Demand’s brand new epic drama series When We Rise. Written and created by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk), When We Rise chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today.
The ABC Studios’ dramatic four episode (two hours each) event series features two of Australia’s most prominent actors, Guy Pearceas LGBT activist Cleve Jones and Rachel Griffithswho stars as social justice activist, Diane.
The highly anticipated mini-series also features Mary-Louise Parker as women's rights leader Roma Guy, The Wire’s Michael K Williams as community organizer Ken Jones and Ivory Aquino as transgender-activist Cecilia Chung. Guest cast includes Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Dylan Walsh, David Hyde Pierce and Kevin McHale.
When We Rise is executive produced by Dustin Lance Black (Milk, Big Love, J. Edgar), Gus Van Sant (Milk, Elephant, Good Will Hunting) Laurence Mark (Julie & Julia, Dreamgirls, I, Robot, Jerry Maguire), and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Milk, Silver Linings Playbook). Van Sant directs the two-hour premiere of the eight hour mini-series event.
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When We Rise is a part of SBS’s 2017 Mardi Gras season and will be available on SBS On Demand from March 1. The series will then make its TV premiere on Saturday 11 March at 8.30pm on SBS.