• Rarriwuy Hick is the lead of new SBS & NITV drama, True Colours. Photography by Bradley Patrick. (NITV/SBS)Source: NITV/SBS
The devious practices in the global art market take Detective Toni Alma on an epic hunt for a killer. Spanning her small Northern Territory community and art galleries across the globe, this is a murder mystery like no other.
By
NITV Staff Writers

5 Aug 2021 - 9:01 AM  UPDATED 5 Aug 2021 - 1:29 PM

SBS and National Indigenous Television (NITV) are proud to announce the award-winning cast and creative team behind its new original fiction commission True Colours, as filming commences in the breathtakingly beautiful Yeperenye (MacDonnell Ranges), east of Mparntwe (Alice Springs).

Rarriwuy Hick (Redfern Now, Cleverman, Wentworth) spearheads a talented ensemble playing Detective Toni Alma, who is assigned to investigate a suspicious car accident in Perdar Theendar, the Indigenous community she left as a child and has had little to do with over the years.

The beauty of Indigenous art and the sometimes-devious practices in the global art market take Detective Toni Alma on an epic hunt for a killer. Spanning her small Northern Territory community and art galleries across the globe, this is a murder mystery like no other; exploring culture, community and the very human pursuit of identity and belonging in this new four-part crime drama from Bunya Productions, with the support of Screen Australia’s First Nations Department, Screen NSW, Screen Territory and International partner About Premium Content.

The series came from an original concept by Arrernte singer-songwriter Warren H. Williams and co-creator, writer and director Erica Glynn. Warren H. Williams will star alongside Luke Arnold (Never Tear Us Apart, Black Sails), Erroll Shand (Operation Buffalo, Mystery Road, Rake), Emilie de Ravin (Remember Me, Lost, Once Upon A Time), Trisha Morton Thomas (Total Control, Redfern Now, Radiance), Ben Oxenbould (The Kettering Incident, Mr InBetween, Mystery Road) and Miranda Otto (The Unusual Suspects, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Lord of the Rings).

Kumalie Riley, Kurt Abbott, Sabella Turner, Natalie Peperill, Warren ‘Wazza’ Williams, Grant Wallace, Janaya Kopp, Martin McMillan, Siobhan Breaden, Genise Williams, Keenan Mitchell, Stella McMillan, Rosario Young and Waylon Dixon will also appear, many in their first major television roles.

The creative team bringing this bold story to life are writer/directors Erica Glynn (Redfern Now, Black Comedy, She Who Must Be Loved) and Steven McGregor (Sweet Country, Mystery Road), who wrote the scripts alongside Danielle MacLean (Little J & Big Cuz, Mystery Road). Produced by the award-winning team behind Sweet Country, Mystery Road and Goldstone - Greer Simpkin, David Jowsey and Penny Smallacombe.

Co-Creator, Writer and Director, Erica Glynn said it's "an honour and a privilege" to sit beside Warren H Williams, the Amoonguna Community, and the town of Mparntwe (Alice Springs) to mark a screen space for Arrernte people, language, culture and land.

Director of Content at SBS, Marshall Heald, says this series contributes to the network's strong history of delivering exceptional drama with impactful storytelling.

"Our recent success with The Hunting, The Unusual Suspects and Hungry Ghosts demonstrates our continued commitment to telling diverse stories with a distinctive voice and purpose, to engage and entertain Australian audiences and True Colours continues that tradition," he said.

"We are thrilled to bring this compelling story of family and the complexities of the Indigenous art world to life and look forward to working with an impressive cast and the talented creative team in Bunya Productions.”

True Colours premieres on SBS & NITV in 2022.