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Faboriginal
the game show

jpg Hosted by Steven Oliver

jpg Adjudicated by the Taboriginal

jpg Elaine Crombie leads one team

jpg Daniel Browning leads the other team

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The deadly mix of fun, facts, chat and laughs is now a television series

Faboriginal is an Indigenous art quiz show hosted by the hilarious and sexy Steven Oliver (actor, writer, comedian and series co-creator) and adjudicated by the Art Gallery of NSW’s curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Coby Edgar (aka the Taboriginal).

In each of the eight half-hour episodes, team captains Elaine Crombie and Daniel Browning and a changing panel of celebrities – Christine Anu, Brendon Boney, Emma Donovan, Ben Graetz, Leila Gurruwiwi, Leah Flanagan, Leon Filewood, Matt Ford, Shari Sebbens, Bjorn Stewart, Dion Williams, Meyne Wyatt, Ursula Yovich and Ian Zaro – battle it out to answer tricky questions on a different theme.

The quiz takes it cues from the art and artists in the Gallery’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection.

The artworks by episode


Behind the scenes

The series was filmed in August 2019 at the Art Gallery of NSW in front of a live audience, with our Yiribana Gallery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art temporarily transformed into a TV recording studio.

Faboriginal was initially developed as a live show by the Art Gallery of NSW and Steven Oliver, and staged twice as part of Art After Hours in 2018. The courageous contestants included Luke Carroll, Madeleine Madden, Kodie Bedford, Elaine Crombie, Andy Saunders, Bjorn Stewart, Casey Donovan and Blak Douglas (Adam Hill).

An earlier incarnation of the show, Koori kwiz, was conceived and staged over two weeks in 2015 by the Gallery. Hosted by Ngarrindjeri actor Russell Smith, the celebrity panellists included Nakkiah Lui, Ursula Yovich, Bjorn Stewart, Fenella Kernebone, Brendan Boney and Shari Sebbens.

Click on one of the small images below for a look at how it all came to be.

	2019Steven Oliver during filming of the TV series, in front of Jakayu Biljabu’s 2008 painting Minyi Puru from the Art Gallery of NSW collection.

	Photo courtesy of Noble Savage Pictures. Artwork © Jakayu Biljabu. Licensed by Copyright Agency
  • 	2019Steven Oliver during filming of the TV series, in front of Jakayu Biljabu’s 2008 painting Minyi Puru from the Art Gallery of NSW collection.

	Photo courtesy of Noble Savage Pictures. Artwork © Jakayu Biljabu. Licensed by Copyright Agency
  • 	2019Coby Edgar, as the Taboriginal, on the set with Daniel Browning, Shari Sebbens and Christine Anu.

	Photo courtesy of Noble Savage Pictures.
  • 	2019Team leader Daniel Browning with panellists Meyne Wyatt, Brendon Boney and Christine Anu.

	Photo courtesy of Noble Savage Pictures.
  • 	2019Panellists Meyne Wyatt and Christine Anu with team leader Elaine Crombie.

	Photo courtesy of Noble Savage Pictures.
  • 	2019The view from the Taboriginal’s chair.
  • 	2019Coby Edgar as the Taboriginal, in front of Ian Abdulla’s 1995 painting Swimming before school from the Art Gallery of NSW’s collection

	Artwork © Estate of Ian W Abdulla. Licensed by Copyright Agency
  • 	2019Bjorn Stewart, Elaine Crombie, Steven Oliver, Daniel Browning and Ian Zaro are filmed in front of a live audience at the Gallery.
  • 	2019A break in filming, which took place over four days in August.
  • 	2019The autocue operator at work. The episodes are a mix of scripted questions and improvisation.
  • 	2019The show was filmed on multiple cameras, capturing several views simultaneously.
  • 	2019The Yirbana Gallery was transformed with large amounts of TV gear bumped in for the shoot.
  • 	2019Waiting for action… cameras take up the space usually reserved solely for art.
  • 	2019Coby Edgar and Elaine Crombie in hair and make up before the shoot.
  • 	2018Coby Edgar, Casey Donovan, Luke Carroll, Steven Oliver, Madeleine Madden, Elaine Crombie and Andy Sauders together for the Faboriginal live stage show with Uta Uta Tjangala’s 1979 painting Untitled (Jupiter Well to Tjukula) from the Art Gallery of NSW collection.

	Artwork © Estate of Uta Uta Tjangala. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd.
  • 	2018Madeleine Madden, Bjorn Stewart, Luke Carrol and Coby Edgar during the Faboriginal live stage show.
  • 	2015Bjorn Stewart with Koori kwiz host Russell Smith.
  • 	2015Brendon Boney and Nakkiah Lui as contestants in Koori kwiz.

Images at top of page include Jakayu Biljabu’s 2008 painting Minyi Puru, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Jakayu Biljabu. Licensed by Copyright Agency. For information about artworks by episode, click on each episode.

A co-production with NITV, Noble Savage Pictures and the Art Gallery of NSW, Faboriginal will be televised weekly from 13 February 2020 on NITV then available through SBS On Demand