“In Our Blood” is coming soon to the ABC.
The four-part musical drama series was inspired by Australia’s radical response to AIDS in the early 1980s, and comes as the country prepares for both Sydney World Pride and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
“In Our Blood” will star Tim Draxl (“A Place to Call Home” and “Summer Love”), Matt Day (“Rake” and “Harrow”), Jada Alberts (“Mystery Road” and “The Stranger”), Nicholas Brown (“A Perfect Pairing” and “Christmas on the Farm”), Anna McGahan (“Spirited” and “House Husbands”) and Oscar Leal (“Bump” and “Black Snow”).
It was written by Adriano Cappelleta, Jane Allen and Jonathan Gavin and produced by Hoodlum Entertainment. Fremantle is handling global distribution for the series.
Major production investment came from Screen Australia and the ABC, with financial support from Screen Queensland.
Grainne Brunsdon, Screen Australia’s head of content, said: “Series creator and writer Adriano Cappelletta alongside writers Jane Allen and Jonathan Gavin have created a moving story of hope and how individuals have the power to make systemic change. With Hoodlum Entertainment producing, this original and compelling story about a seminal moment in Australian history is set to inspire and resonate with audiences when it premieres on ABC.”
Sally Riley, ABC’s head of drama, entertainment and Indigenous, added: “We are thrilled to be presenting this genre-defying take on an important and inspiring story. Produced by Hoodlum Entertainment and lead by an exciting ensemble cast including the superb Tim Draxl, Matt Day and Jada Alberts, we look forward to sharing this captivating series with ABC audiences off the back of our World Pride programming.”
Nathan Mayfield, Hoodlum Entertainment’s COO and series executive producer, said: “We are so excited to bring this ambitious and compelling musical drama to life. Based on Adriano Cappelletta’s play and set against the backdrop of the anthemic songs of the time, “In Our Blood” is inspired by those in government, the LGBTQIA+ community, and benevolent supporters who together led the world in their response to AIDS in the ’80s.”