Indigenous AFL comedy The Warriors to hit ABC next year

ABC TV, Screen Australia and Film Victoria have announced that filming has commenced in Melbourne on The Warriors , a provocative new Indigenous comedy drama series.

Created by Tony Briggs (The Sapphires) and Robert Connolly (Paper Planes, Barracuda), The Warriors is set in the world of Australian Rules Football. It explores the elite world of professional sport through the eyes of two new recruits – plucked from obscurity to fame and fortune – and two established players as they are thrown together in a share house in Melbourne.

“What attracted us to this project was both the concept of following four mischievous footballers experiencing the highs, lows and often funny situations of life as an elite athlete, as well as the opportunity for Indigenous creatives to partner with highly regarded practitioners and accelerate along their career trajectory” said Penny Smallacombe, Head of Indigenous at Screen Australia.

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Joining first time actor Gordan Churchill are veterans Lisa McCune, Vince Colosimo and John Howard. Comedian Ben Knight and Home & Away star Reece Milne will also play significant parts.

The Warriors is set to air on ABC in 2017.