aboriginal actor

One of the coolest things about Thor: Ragnarok, for me personally, was to see Indigenous people cast in an MCU blockbuster; especially Aboriginal Australians. It was awesome to see Aboriginal actors like Richard Green and Shari Sebbens playing Asgardians, as well as comedic genius, Steven Oliver as Cousin Carlo. I was so stoked! I’ve never seen Aboriginal people in a huge Marvel film before; even if they weren’t superheroes, it was still great. Growing up as an Aboriginal girl who devoured comic books, Bishop was the only superhero who was Indigenous, namely, Australian Aboriginal, that I got see in these universes. So, seeing these actors appearing in the MCU is special to me. Thank you Taika Waititi!

National Aboriginal Day is coming up soon (June 21) and I can’t wait to see all of you on here! Here are some suggestions for what you can post on this day:

1. Selfies / Photographs of yourself, whether it’s casual or in regalia or something else (sports uniform, cosplay, graduation cap and gown, etc)

2. Photographs of family events, ceremonies, powwows, celebrations, etc.

3. Video of powwows, celebrations, etc.

4. Photosets/gifsets about your favorite Indigenous / Aboriginal actors, writers, poets, artists, etc.

5. Poems, essays, songs, stories, or personal accounts about being Indigenous / Aboriginal

6. Art, drawings, paintings, mood boards, photomanipulation, any kind of visual media that inspires you. 

And more! This is a means of celebrating who we are and where we come from.

And of course, this means ALL Indigenous and Aboriginal people. We are all in this together. Let’s show them what we’re made of!

O’my fuckin’ god,
this is just much more than I can handle at the moment.

…here’s Chris O’Dowd singing live, in his raw, powerful, yet warm and pleasant voice, with authentic feel, full of joy.. and such pure manly eroticism…..

If you’re not watching Cleverman, you really should be. It’s a fantastic Australian superhero TV series loosely based on some of the Aboriginal legends and mythology. It’s set in a not-too-distant future and the casting is wonderfully diverse with a huge pool of talented actors from Aboriginal communities. Also so many ladies! So many! Old and wise ladies, young and fierce ladies, ladies with medical expertise, ladies who run countries! In conclusion, this is an awesome show :)

I am also deeply smitten on these characters:

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So.. This is happening...

Rooney Mara is cast as Tiger Lily in the new Peter Pan movie. How much do you want to bet that it will come out in a bit that she has Native blood??! And most likely Cherokee! 

Why does Hollywood keep doing this? We have talented, beautiful Native actresses who deserve to even be up for a role like this. 

This is who I would like to see cast in this role:

Tanaya Beatty

Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs 

Shayla Stonechild

C'mon Hollywood, you know we are still here right? Right????

Another question:

What were some of the most emotional performances or scenes you’d seen in a film/TV series/game/animation by an Indigenous or Aboriginal character / actor? 

Reblog or message/ask with the name of the character and the story they’re from. If you can include a clip from the scene in question, that’s even better!

I finished Cleverman this morning and it has given me a lot of thoughts. I’ll bulletpoint:

  • cultural representation - it’s a fascinating take, combining a superhero origin story with the cultural heritage of the Aboriginal people of Australia in a way that is both respectful and embracing the heritage without crossing lines and breaking ethical rules (the creator was very specific about doing right by the Elders). It also has a billion and one metaphors for the history of violence done against the Aboriginal people, which may be missed by people unfamiliar with the brutal colonial history of the country.
  • racism - so many layers of different racism. It’s not just a black and white issue since they also have the non-human race of Hairies, who are treated much the same was as Aboriginal people were and sometimes still are. It deals with biracial kids and how they fit into a culture where they are too light for one side and too dark for the other. It deals with people changing their ethnic features to try and blend in and not get noticed. It deals with xenophobia on so many levels and there’s even a Jewish character who points out that her people have also been treated the same way as the Aboriginal people and the Hairies.
  • world-building - it’s done so subtly that you almost wouldn’t notice. It’s a little way into the future, but not so far that it would be unfamiliar. You could see this as a world that could happen, with walls being put up and zones assigned to specific groups of people. It’s kind of terrifying how familiar it feels. To say nothing of playing on the politics of fear and the spin-doctoring done by the media at present.
  • casting - such a fantastic diverse cast. I have never seen such a broad range of Aboriginal actors in one place playing such a variety of roles and it was brilliant to see it. Rarriwuy Hick is an especial stand-out performance.

I’m so excited for S2, I can’t even tell you.

Congrats to the NEW MRS UNIVERSE: Ashley Callingbull (Burnham)

Ashley Callingbull (Enoch Cree Nation) just won Mrs. Universe in Minsk, Belarus. Ashley is an actress, model and motivational speaker. Ashley truly believes that education is the basis of all her success. At the age of 16, Ashley graduated from High School and is continuing with her University studies to pursue her Bachelor of Arts degree focusing on drama and acting/television. Ashley hopes to provide inspiration to other young aboriginals.

Ashley in her pageant haute couture gown designed by Joey Galon, ATELIER. 

Stylist: Joey Galon

Hair/Makeup: Katherine Graciano

Photography: Oscar Picazo

Post Season One Thoughts

Firstly mind the spelling or grammar, this was a quick write up…

Growing up I loved my television, it was something I could get lost in or something that I could go outside and reenact after watching, but the older I got the more I started to realise that I couldn’t see myself on the screen. There wasn’t anyone I could relate to. Sure this was probably because I watched a lot of American and British television but they had at least one thing I could relate to and that was diversity.

In the late sixties and early seventies show like The Cosby Show and Sandford and Son hit American television and started to spread around the world… Black cast you say?! In leading roles?! Can it be? I see those as game changes for Black storytelling. You see, if you look passed the fact that these where successful black roles, but roles that easily could have been played by white people, bar the racial humor of course makes you see the breakthrough they had…What a Black doctor?!… Two Black men running a successful business?! And I can laugh?!

But why do we have to point out their skin colour or their cultural heritage?

Let’s jump thirty years or so from then and let’s stand on Australian soil. I still watch Australian television and find it hard to relate because diversity is limited on our screens. Sure we are getting better and yes commercial television networks are trying to brake that mold but I think we all know we can do more. It doesn’t take a genius to scroll through the channels to see we are missing something. It’s like we moved from Black and White television to Colour and forgot to bring the Black with us.

To be honest we are not far off getting the diversity we are all craving. Shows like Redfern Now, Black Comedy and Gods of Wheat Street all paved the way for Cleverman; not only for making Indigenous stories accessible to a wider audience but by simply skilling up cast and crew so that we can compete on a global scale. The fact that Cleverman has now sold to the US and the UK shows us that we can make our stories resonate in an international market.

There are a few things I wanted to see happen after Cleverman finished and some of them have already happened. The first was to give a super hero to my son that he could look up to and just last week I saw him pretending to be the Cleverman in his bedroom. The second was to get our culture on the world stage and we did that in Paris and Berlin earlier this year. But the final two are something I can’t wait to see happen and that is more Aboriginal actors on our screens across all networks and the other smart sexy genre made in this country again, shows that will draw international audience to our stories.

I don’t have the answers to how to make this happen but all I know is we can do more and maybe opening up the discussion is the best start. We have a huge pool of multicultural talent in this country and each person brings their own story. Imagine what we can make if we dive into that pool more often.