• Handmaids took over Sydney trains this morning. (SBS)
As 'The Handmaid's Tale' launched on SBS On Demand, Handmaids were spotted travelling around Sydney...
By
Chloe Sargeant

6 Jul 2017 - 10:44 AM  UPDATED 13 Jul 2017 - 2:50 PM

The Handmaid's Tale is dropping today on SBS On Demand, and would you look at this - some Handmaids have been taking over Sydney to spread their dystopian message. 

Women dressed in the blood-red robes and white winged bonnets of the titular Handmaids from Margaret Atwood's iconic 1985 novel were scattered throughout the streets and train stations of the city this morning. 

Sydney commuters - no doubt terrified by the grim future on display - shared their images of the handmaids on their trains and buses, on the street, or in their workplaces:

Plenty of people jumped on to SBS On Demand to begin streaming the show straight away:

The Handmaid's Tale, starring Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel and Samira Wiley, tells the petrifying story of a future reality where democracy has been overthrown in favour of a totalitarian system run by Christian fundamentalists. Women have lost all bodily autonomy, and have become property of the government to be used for breeding purposes.

The 1985 book became an iconic piece of feminist literature, and the new television adaption of the book The Handmaid's Tale is streaming exclusively on SBS On Demand from today. 

Watch the first episode here:

Costumes by Millie Thomas.