Why you need to check out BBC Three's underrated sci-fi drama Cleverman
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Looking for something to watch in between lectures? Already devoured everything Netflix has to offer? If you don’t feel like re-watching Narcos for the second time, there’s a new show on BBC Three that is definitely worth a watch. Cleverman is a supernatural, dystopian drama that raises questions about identity, migration and internment and racial politics, while providing plenty of intrigue and action to keep your attention. Set in a near-future Australia, the show imagines a world where a species of sub-human known as ‘Hairies’ are imprisoned and scapegoated by the general public; only permitted to live with humans - the majority of who are Aboriginal Australian - in a section of Sydney known as ‘the Zone’. Taking inspiration from the Aboriginal Australian stories of the Cleverman, the narrative follows Koen West, who is unexpectedly passed on the mantle of Cleverman over his older half-brother Waruu, the unofficial human leader of the Zone. Morally complex and sometimes downright nasty, very few of the characters can be placed in a box labelled ‘good’ or ‘evil’. Protagonist Koen (Hunter Page-Lochard) could almost be seen as an anti-hero at the beginning, using the capture of Hairies for his own financial gain and completely uninterested in fulfilling his role as the Cleverman. Through his own discoveries into the deep conspiracies and the thawing of his relationship with Waruu (Rob Collins), he comes to understand what it means to be the Cleverman.
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