Warriors explores the elite world of professional sport through the eyes of two new recruits – plucked from obscurity to fame and fortune – and two established players – as they are thrown together in a share house in Melbourne.
With temptation at every turn and a lot of football, there’s no guarantee these young men will run through the banner for the first game of the season.
After a nationwide casting search, 18 year old Gordon Churchill makes his acting debut as Maki, the number one draft pick. Gordon was discovered in the remote Indigenous community of Warmun in the Kimberley Region. The series also introduces WAAPA graduate Nelson Baker as Zane, the number five draft pick.
Lisa McCune is the team’s tireless communications manager; Vince Colosimo is Coach Mark ‘Spinner’ Spinotti charged with getting the wooden spooners back in finals contention. Club president, footy legend Bill Shepherd, is played by John Howard, returning to the world of Australian Rules Football after starring in the 1980’s classic The Club.
Comedian Ben Knight is Scottie who is returning from his third knee reconstruction, and Reece Milne (Home and Away) plays Doc, the seasoned team-captain charged with showing the rookies the ropes. Newcomer Tasia Zalar is Zane’s sister Ava, who joins the boys to try out for the women’s league.
Gordon Churchill as Maki Birrawuy
Reece Milne as Doc Shepherd
Ben Knight as Scottie Watson
Nelson Baker as Zane Phillips
Lisa McCune as Deb Van Exel
John Howard as Bill Shepherd
Vince Colosimo as Coach Mark “Spinner” Spinotti
Tasia Zalar as Ava Phillips
key behind the scenes crew
Tony Briggs as Creator
Robert Connolly as Creator
John Bell as Writer
Ben Morieson as Production Designer
Michael Chisholm as Costime Designer
Daniel Rankine aka Trials as Composer
12 April 2017
network and production companies
ABC – Screen Australia – Film Victoria