The Gods Of Wheat Street | New Indigenous Drama Debuts On ABC101.04.2014
The six-part series was created, written and co-produced by Jon Bell, a Wiradjuri and Bundjalung man from Casino, and is Australia’s first long form drama series created and written by an Indigenous screenwriter.
Filmed on location in Coraki, Casino and Lismore, The Gods of Wheat Street was produced by Lois Randall, with Executive Producers Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger. It features 43 artworks and a large mural in the sets for the series which are all original works by Aboriginal artists from Jambama Art Gallery in Casino, including Jai Walker, Charlie Caldwell, Tania Walker, Babe Williams, Cheryl Walker and Hannel Duncan.
“The series is a journey into the lives and hearts of a modern Aboriginal family. Each episode spans a few hectic days with enough magic and deadpan humour to help our characters rise above obstacles that would bring mere mortals to their knees – and get on with the important matters of love, family and football,” said Jon Bell.
With an imaginative dose of magic realism, woven into its naturalistic family drama, the series depicts beautiful snapshots of the NSW north coast’s regional landscape, some deadpan humour and a bluegrass soundtrack.
Debuting in the prime- time slot of 8:30pm Saturdays, from April 12th on ABC1, The Gods of Wheat Street was produced with assistance of the ABC’s Indigenous Unit, The Indigenous Department of Screen Australia, Screen NSW’s Regional Filming Fund and Trade & Investment NSW.