Australian free-to-air broadcaster National Indigenous Television (NITV) has ordered a new coming-of-age children’s drama called Barrumbi Kids from local studios Tamarind Tree Pictures and Ambience Entertainment.
Set to premiere in 2022, the 10 x 30-minute live-actioner stars two kids growing up in a remote community who learn what it means to live in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures through their everyday adventures.
Barrumbi Kids is based on a same-name tween-skewing book series by Australian author Leonie Norrington. Tamarind’s Danielle MacLean (Grace Beside Me), Ambience’s Monica O’Brien (Drop Dead Weird) and freelance creator Julia Morris (Kundirri The Life) are producing the series together, with Grant Brown, Deb Brown and Ismail Khan (pictured left to right) on board as directors.
Government agencies Screen Australia and Screen Territory are investing in the production, with additional financing from nonprofit distributor Australian Children’s Television Foundation, which will manege international sales.
Barrumbi Kids joins a lineup of Indigenous-focused kids fare on NITV that already includes animated series Little J & Big Cuz and live-actioner Rewired.