Stellar cast join Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths for Black B*tch (W/T) filming

March 6, 2019

ABC drama Black B*tch starts filming with first class cast on board.

Stellar cast join Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths for Black B*tch (W/T) filming

ABC drama Black B*tch starts filming with first class cast on board.

ABC, Screen Australia and Keshet International (KI) are excited to announce filming is underway on the hotly anticipated drama series Black B*tch (Working Title). Made by Blackfella Films (Redfern Now) and starring two of Australia’s favourite actors Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths, the six-part series is a story of high stakes ambition, betrayal and treachery, playing out in the nation’s capital.

Also starring in Black B*tch (W/T) is an impressive line-up of stars including: Harry Richardson (Poldark, Dr Thorne), William McInnes (Deep Water, Rake), Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road, Jack Irish), Rob Collins (Secret City: Under The Eagle, Cleverman), Anthony Hayes (The Light Between Oceans, The Slap), Celia Ireland (Wentworth), Trisha Morton-Thomas (Redfern Now, 8MMM), James Sweeny (The Secret Daughter, Brock), David Roberts (Offspring, Please Like Me), Luke Carroll (Black Comedy, Upright), Adele Perovic (The Code), English actor Huw Higginson (Secret City, Janet King) and introducing Shantae Barnes Cowan.

Black B*tch (W/T) will film on location and in studio in Sydney, Canberra, and central Queensland over the coming months and will screen on ABC later in the year, before being taken to market by Keshet International.

ABC Head of Indigenous Kelrick Martin says “Deborah Mailman is a national treasure, and we couldn’t be prouder to be providing her with her first lead role in a TV series – it’s a long overdue opportunity for her. Along with the rest of this incredible cast, we also want to give a huge cheer to the team at Blackfella Films, who are once again working incredibly hard to achieve this landmark show for ABC.”

Darren Dale and Miranda Dear from Blackfella Films “It is testament to the power and relevance of this story that it has attracted such a stellar line-up of extraordinary actors. We are thrilled that Deborah Mailman has her first starring role in a major drama series and the chemistry between her and the inimitable Rachel Griffiths will be electrifying.”

Penny Smallacombe, Head of Indigenous at Screen Australia says “The complex issues faced by the headstrong Indigenous female lead in Black B*tch (W/T) will push audiences to grapple with the harsh realities of both federal and community politics in Australia. With director Rachel Perkins and the renowned production team of Darren Dale and Miranda Dear at the helm, and Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths leading this high-profile cast I’m sure this series will resonate when it premieres on ABC later this year.”

Atar Dekel, KI’s VP Global Drama says, “Black B*tch (W/T) is already a strong local story and this diverse roster of high calibre acting talent will really help us connect this series with audiences around the world. We are loving working collaboratively with the teams at Blackfella Films and ABC and are really happy that we chose to support Black B*tch (W/T) with the KI Content Fund.”

Production Credit: Blackfella Films production for the ABC. Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the ABC. Financed with support from Create NSW with Screen Queensland and Screen Canberra.  Director Rachel Perkins.  Producers Darren Dale and Miranda Dear. Executive Producer Rachel Griffiths.  Script Producer Stuart Page.  ABC Executive Producers Kelrick Martin and Sally Riley.   International Distributor is Keshet International, working alongside Endeavor Content in the US.


When Alex Irving (Deborah Mailman), a charismatic and contradictory Indigenous woman, is thrust into the national limelight after a horrific event, Australia’s embattled Prime Minister Rachel Anderson (Rachel Griffiths), sees a publicity goldmine for her party. In a bold power play, she handpicks Alex for the Senate. But Alex wants to be more than just a political stunt: she wants to make a difference. So, when the Prime Minister’s cynical calculations betray her, Alex sets out for revenge that will send the political establishment into meltdown.


Black B*tch (W/T) is the second title to benefit from financial support from the KI Content Fund, following its first investment in Ecosse Films’ six part series, The Trial Of Christine Keeler, for BBC ONE. Launched in 2018 by Keshet International with several of Israel’s largest holding and asset management companies, KI’s five-year content fund aims to bring high-profile projects with global appeal to a wider audience by also utilising KI’s worldwide distribution prowess.