True Colours


Rarriwuy Hick plays Detective Toni Alma who is assigned to investigate a suspicious car accident in Perdar Theendar, the Aboriginal community she left as a child and has had little to do with over the years.

The beauty of Aboriginal art and the sometimes-devious practices in the global art market take Detective Toni Alma on an epic hunt for a killer.

Spanning her small Northern Territory community and art galleries across the globe, this is a murder mystery like no other, exploring culture, community and the very human pursuit of identity and belonging.


Episode guide

Episode 1

First Nations Detective Toni Alma is 35 and has her life all worked out. Living in Alice Springs, she's got a great job, a terrific female boss and mentor, who has her marked out for big things. She gets assigned to investigate a suspicious car accident in Perdar Theendar, the First Nations community she has lost touch with since she left as a child.

Episode 2

News of Mariah's death has reached the community. Mariah's family gather on the outskirts of town for Sorry Business. With Nick by her side, Toni observes the ceremony from a distance.

Episode 3

Laying on a bed in the health clinic, Brendan is being rehydrated via a drip. Bereft, Viv hovers. Nick brings the focus back to the investigation, and Brendan tells them he was with Keithy all night.

Episode 4

Samuel returns to Perdar Theendar with Keithy's body and Toni confronts Samuel. They know Keithy stole the sacred paintings and gave them to Mariah to sell, but they don't know who found out.


Rarriwuy Hick - Detective Toni Alma
Warren H. Williams - Officer Samuel
Luke Arnold - Nick
Errol Shand - Bull
Emilie de Ravin
Trisha Morton Thomas
Ben Oxenbould - Gingerbread Man
Miranda Otto - Isabelle
Rosalie Kumalie Riley - Thelma
Kurt Abbott - Brendan Alma
Isabella Turner - Vivienne Alma
Natalie Peperill - Jacinta Alma
Warren ‘Wazza’ Williams - X-Man
Grant Wallace - Broderick Jones
Janaya Kopp - Mariah Cawood
Martin McMillan
Siobhan Breaden - Fantasia
Genise Williams
Keenan Mitchell - Keithy Jones
Stella McMillan
Rosario Young - Grace
Waylon Dixon
Jane Hall - Uzma
Andrea Moor - Kirstin
Valerie Berry - Natasha Lee
Release dates
12 June 2022 - World Premiere at the Syndey Film Festival
4 July 2022 - Premiere on SBS and NITV
M - Mature

Shot on location at the Macdonnell Ranges, east of Mparntwe (Alice Springs).

In English and Arrernte with English subtitles.

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