Amazon Prime Video and social media publisher Ladbible Australia have announced a six-episode investigative documentary series, Unheard, which will focus on victims of racial injustice in Australia.
The first documentary series produced by Ladbible Australia Originals, and featuring production funding from Screen Australia, Unheard will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in Australia, the U.S., the UK, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand on Oct. 29, with the first two episodes free to stream on primevideo.com. The docuseries is an extension of Ladbible Australia’s Unheard campaign against discrimination, which launched in February 2021.
Unheard focuses on critical issues of racial discrimination in Australia, including Indigenous deaths in custody, the targeting of Indigenous youth, attacks towards Asians during the COVID-19 pandemic, Islamophobia, the vilification of the African community and the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. The six stand-alone episodes are led by voices of personal accounts, presenting their calls for justice without a filter.
The series was written and produced by Shahn Devendran (LADbible Australia Originals), Jack Steele (Between Two Lines), Cathy Vu (SBS), Luke Cornish (Alone Out Here), Dan Mansour (The Final Word), Olivia Suleimon (Rosaline’s Untaming) and Ellen Dedes-Vallas (Nickelodeon Australia).
“The opportunity to program this compelling investigative series is significant to us,” said Tyler Bern, head of content, Amazon Prime Video Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, in a release. “Unheard is a necessary action and awareness series that is globally relevant to Prime members in Australia and makes them aware of social injustice locally. We are very proud to be involved with LADbible Australia on this production and showcasing this important documentary series.”
Added Alex West, Screen Australia’s head of documentary: “Unheard shines a light on racial injustice in Australia and, with personal insights into its devastating impact on individuals, will be vital viewing. We’re proud to support this powerful series that will reach rapidly growing new audiences in the digital space domestically and globally, and will spark crucial discussion.”