The opening episode of First Contact aired on SBS and NITV last night, with the series trending on social media.
Episode One saw six celebrities begin an immersive journey through Indigenous Australia.
The series features One Nation co-founder David Oldfield, singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia, TV personality Ian “Dicko” Dickson, former Miss Universe Renae Ayris, comedian Tom Ballard, and actor Nicki Wendt.
Six out of 10 Australians have had little to no contact with an Indigenous person – a premise First Contact aims to explore.
In episode one, the cast visited communities ravaged by alcohol and suicide in Kununurra, as well as the Burarrwanga family who continue to live on ancestral lands in North East Arnhem Land.
David Oldfield’s criticism of Indigenous culture drew a strong response from viewers:
As did his refusal to participate in some cultural activities:
Ian Dickson’s comments on wanting to celebrate Indigenous culture as Australian heritage resonated with some viewers:
Others found the cast’s attitudes cringe-worthy:
The concept for the show itself drew both criticism and praise:
Which drew this response from SBS Channel Manager Ben Nguyen:
Episode two of First Contact airs tonight on SBS and NITV at 8:30 pm, with episode three to air on Thursday.
Catch up with episode one here: