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Containment

Episode 2
USA: June 08, 2016
Aus: June 09, 2016
Written by Michael Miller & Jon Bell
Directed by Wayne Blain

A young boy playing soccer has his heart ripped out of his chest by something other worldly. This plays perfectly into Minister Matthews' hands, who uses this as the basis for a story about how volatile and violent Hairymen can be.

Koen, looking for answers, heads into The Zone to find Aunty Linda, the woman who raised him after his parents were both killed in a hit and run accident. As he hugs her in greeting, he gets a vision of her undergoing medical treatment for breast cancer. She, in turn, sees his one blue eye and realises he has been given the Cleverman powers — she knows how distressed this will make her son, Waruu.

Waruu, meanwhile, is in consultation with Harry, his unofficial second. Harry has surveillance photos of suspicious, unmarked semi-trailers heading into an old abandoned prison. Harry wants to raid the complex, but Waruu urges caution. And a political solution. He's going on TV — on a station owned by Jarrod Slade, no less — to debate with Minister Matthews.

Waruu starts strongly in the debate, skewering Matthews about the fact many Hairymen are disappearing without a trace, distressing families. But the interview is interrupted with a highly inflammatory report on the brutal death of Cameron Wells, the young soccer player, laying the blame squarely at the feet of Hairymen. Waruu has been outplayed, and is furious. Matthews, on the other hand, is delighted.

Djukara, the son of the Hairy family captured by the Containment Authority, is refusing to bow to the authority of the guards. His relief in discovering his father is captive in the same place is short-lived, when his father refuses to countenance any form of fighting back. Boondee's approach is to submit, knowing the Hairies will outlive their captors. But Djukara refuses to co-operate, leading to the guards torturing Boondee in front of him, and then shaving all of Djukara's hair off, as a warning to others about insubordination.

At first the Cleverman powers are a bit of a joke between Koen and his friends — if he cuts himself the wound heals in front of their eyes. But things turn serious when he is plagued by a voice in his head, calling him. The voice leads him and Blair to a mysterious laboratory, where they find a woman strapped to a table, full of tubes. They rescue her — and flee the lab — only for Koen to discover that this strange woman is something magical.

Cast:

  • 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
  • Deborah Mailman as Aunty Linda
  • Robyn Nevin as Jane O'Grady
  • Frances O'Connor as Charlotte Cleary
  • Iain Glen as Jarrod Slade
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  • Sean Hawkins as Joel
  • Jack Mars as Cameron
  • Lilly Bader as Lilly
  • Eric Grothe as CA Checkpoint Guard #1
  • Jason Stevens as CA Checkpoint Guard #2
  • Rasharyn Marr as Young Koen
  • Sean Cooper as Hairyman #1
  • Zeppelin Hamilton as Hairyman #2
  • Isaac Drandic as Harry
  • Josh McConville as Dickson
  • Waverley Stanley Jr as Kulya
  • Kamil Ellis as Mungo
  • Leeanna Walsman as Belinda
  • Elijah Valadian as Young Waruu
  • Katrina Ball as Hairywoman #1
  • Maureen Underwood as Hairywoman #2
  • Rhondda Findleton as Frankie
  • Lynette Curran as Virgil
  • Rosie Lourde as Director
  • Adam Briggs as Maliyan
  • Jerome Cosgrave as Jumbhi
  • Alexis Lane as Kora
  • Amanda Bond as Mother
  • Jeanette-Lee Tuitavake as Young Girl
  • Nancy Denis as Eve
  • Aileen Huynh as Everick