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First Contact

Episode 1
USA: June 01, 2016 (SundanceTV)
Aus: June 02, 2016 (ABC)
Aus Ratings: 452,000 viewers
Written by Michael Miller & Jon Bell
Directed by Wayne Blair

In the very near future, creatures from ancient mythology have suddenly emerged and must coexist with humans. Known as 'Hairypeople' for the matted hair covering their bodies, they have extraordinary strength, speed and longevity but are cast as social misfits and seek refuge in The Zone: a fragile community that finds strength in the brotherhood between Hairy and human.

When a series of violent, unexplained murders terrifies the city, blame for the bloodshed is pointed firmly in the direction of the Hairies. Raids mandated by the Containment Authority — a government-funded body established to capture runaway Hairypeople — threaten the already tenuous peace within The Zone. But other mythical creatures exist in this world, terrifying creatures that can rip a person's heart out.

There is one chosen being — the Cleverman — who has the power to bring these two worlds back together and can see exactly what evil truly lies behind the attacks.

Following the mysterious death of his uncle, Koen West (Hunter Page-Lochard) becomes the new Cleverman — a young man in denial of his culture and estranged from his family — who is far from the model hero that the Hairies and people of The Zone so desperately need.

Koen's half-brother, Waruu (Rob Collins), is his antithesis. A man of culture and spirituality, Waruu battles tirelessly against the oppressive Containment Authority and his own demons. Believing himself to be the protector of his people and the natural heir to the Cleverman powers, the realisation that his heedless younger brother has been chosen threatens to destroy him.

In a world ruled by fear, hate and greed, can civilisation — and the power of the Cleverman — restore balance against known and unknown threats that stand to terrorize every species on Earth?


  • Hunter Page-Lochard as Koen West
  • Rob Collins as Waruu West
  • Ryan Corr as Blair Finch
  • Tasma Walton as Araluen
  • Tony Briggs as Boondee
  • Stef Dawson as Ash Kerry
  • Jada Alberts as Nerida
  • Tamala Shelton as Alinta
  • Rarriwuy Hick as Latani
  • Tysan Towney as Djukara
  • Andrew McFarlane as Geoff Matthews
  • Marcus Graham as McIntyre
  • Deborah Mailman as Aunty Linda
  • Frances O'Connor as Charlotte Cleary
  • Iain Glen as Jarrod Slade
  • Dylan Young as Nick
  • Rahel Romahn as Ludo
  • Sam Parsonson as Taki
  • Miranda Tapsell as Lena
  • Leeanna Walsman as Belinda
  • Val Weldon as Jirra
  • Mansoor Noor as McIntyre's 2IC
  • Eric Grothe as CA Checkpoint Guard #1
  • Jason Stevens as CA Checkpoint Guard #2
  • Jeremy Ambrum as Jake
  • Benson Jake Anthony as Gub
  • Nancy Denis as Eve
  • Mathew Wilkinson as Kennedy
  • Lynette Curran as Virgil
  • Isaac Drandic as Harry
  • Jack Charles as Uncle Jimmy
  • Adam Briggs as Maliyan
  • Trevor Jamieson as Uncle Max
  • Alexis Lane as Kora
  • Waverley Stanley Jr as Kulya
  • Kamil Ellis as Mungo
  • Josh McConville as Dickson
  • Elijah Valadian as Young Waruu