Rarriwuy Hick

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Rarriwuy Hick
Born 1990/1991 (age 27–28)[1]
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Actress, dancer

Rarriwuy Hick (born 1990/1991[1]) is an Australian actress, known for her roles in the television series Redfern Now and Cleverman.


Hick was born in Sydney, Australia. She grew up in both the suburb of Lilyfield, and in Dhalinybuy, an Aboriginal community in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.[2][3] She was raised speaking Yolŋu Matha and other Indigenous languages before learning English, and speaks seven dialects.[4][1] Her mother, Janet Munyarryun, a Yolngu woman, was a founding member of Bangarra Dance Theatre.[3] Her father is Paul Hick who was born in England.[citation needed]

Throughout her education, Hick was inspired by her mother to pursue dance and the arts. She attended a Catholic girls high school and showed sufficient interest in dance to establish a troupe.[4] In 2009, she commenced studies at the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College,[5]. She was asked to audition for the Aboriginal-produced play Wrong Skin, and was successful, performing on the tour while studying.[6]

Hick was living in Arnhem Land at the time of the 2007 Northern Territory National Emergency Response. She later remarked that the intervention was not having an effect on child abuse like intended and instead that her family's lives and finances were being "completely controlled by the government".[7]

She established the dance group Yapa Mala and led its choreography.[8][9] In 2011, she starred in the theatre play Bloodland.[10][11]

In May 2013, Hick and other actors from theatre production The Shadow King in Melbourne were refused taxi rides by several drivers who reportedly drove off after observing that the group members were of Indigenous appearance.[12][1]

In 2016, Hick starred in a revival of the Louis Nowra play The Golden Age by the Sydney Theatre Company and her performance and dance received praise.[13][14]

In 2018, Hick started a social media campaign using the hashtag #ourkidsbelongwithfamilies, which became a "rallying cry" of Indigenous Australians fighting to maintain their families together against removals and resettlement of children by authorities.[15][16]

Personal life

Hick's partner is Meyne Wyatt, a Western Australian actor and Redfern Now co-star.[15]


Year Medium Film Role Notes
2012[17] TV Move It Mob Style Herself Episode 4[18]
2012 Film She Say Short film[19]
2012 Film Scar Short film[20][8]
2012–2013 TV Redfern Now Robyn Davis
2013 Television film The Broken Shore Suzie Pascoe
2013 Television film The Outlaw Michael Howe Mary
2013 Film The Hunter Short film[21][8]
2014 Film One Short Day Short film[22]
2014 TV The Gods of Wheat Street Electra Freeburn[23][24]
2014–2016 TV Black Comedy Various
2015 Television film Redfern Now: Promise Me Robyn Davis
2015 Film Wurinyan Short film[25]
2016– TV Cleverman Latani[1]
2018– TV Wentworth Ruby Mitchell
2018– TV Black Comedy Various Characters


Year Production Role Notes
2010 Wrong Skin Ngurrumilmaramiriwu[26]
2012 Bloodland [10][27]
2013 The Shadow King Cordelia[28]
2014 Brothers Wreck Adele[29][30]
2016 The Golden Age Betsheb[31]


Year Award Category Film Result
2011 Deadly Awards Female Actor of the Year Wrong Skin Nominated[32]
2012 Deadly Awards Female Actor of the Year Bloodland Nominated[33][5]
2015 AACTA Awards Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama Redfern Now Nominated[34]
2016 Logie Awards Most Outstanding Supporting Actress "Promise Me", Redfern Now Nominated[35]
2016 Equity Ensemble Awards Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries The Outlaw Michael Howe Nominated[36]


  1. ^ a b c d e Molloy, Shannon (27 August 2017). "Rarriwuy Hick on identity, her Cleverman role and 'escaping' to Arnhem Land roots". Stellar. News Limited. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Rarriwuy Hick". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b Smallhorn, Tamara (23 September 2010). "Promising pathway ahead for local | Altmedia". AltMedia. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b Prendergast, Samantha (2 February 2015). "Home is home" (PDF). Frankie (64). Morrison Media. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b Hallowell, Marjo (1–7 August 2012). "Three Deadly finalists from Arnhem Land". Arafura Times (900). Regional & Remote Newspapers. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  6. ^ "RARRIWUY and the CHOOKY BOYS" (PDF). NAISDA News. Naisda.com.au. March 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  7. ^ Pemberton, Ash (17 July 2010). "'My family's lives are controlled by the government'". Green Left Weekly (845). Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Episode 6 - Robyn - Characters - Redfern Now - ABC TV". www.abc.net.au. ABC TV. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Six extraordinary stories one unmissable series" (PDF). Blackfulla Films. Press release. November 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Best of Both Worlds". Deadly Vibe. Vibe Australia. 3 September 2012.
  11. ^ Blake, Jason (9 October 2011). "Collaborative work allows glimpse into Arnhem Land's soul". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  12. ^ Griffin, Michelle; Cooke, Dewi (1 May 2013). "Taxi drivers bar Aboriginal actors". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  13. ^ McCallum, John (21 January 2016). "Worlds collide and wilderness rules in revival of a genuine classic". The Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  14. ^ Blake, Jason (20 January 2016). "The Golden Age review: A brilliant and complex interrogation of Australian culture". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  15. ^ a b Brennan, Bridget (23 March 2018). "Our Kids Belong With Family: Indigenous actress finds support for social media campaign". ABC News. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  16. ^ "'Cleverman's Rarriwuy Hick takes on Sunrise and Minister Gillespie's suggestion for a second Stolen Generation". Kinderling Kids Radio. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Rarriwuy Hick - Deadly Vibe". Deadly Vibe. Vibe Australia. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Move It Mob Style". ABC TV. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  19. ^ "She. Say". The Screen Guide. Screen Australia. 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Scar". The Screen Guide. Screen Australia. 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  21. ^ "THE HUNTER - Short". Adelaide Film Festival. 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  22. ^ Wynne, Emma (7 July 2014). "Perth filmmaker chronicles husband's transplant wait". ABC News. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  23. ^ "The Gods of Wheat Street: episode 1.01". www.australiantelevision.net. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  24. ^ Reiha, Amy (30 March 2014). "The Gods of Wheat Street - ABC1's new indigenous drama". First Nations Telegraph. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  25. ^ "Mark Coles Smith heads to Cannes in Genna Chanelle Hayes short Wurinyan". IF Magazine. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  26. ^ Woodhead, Cameron (21 March 2010). "Wrong Skin". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  27. ^ Verghis, Sharon (18 June 2011). "Bangarra's main man Stephen Page celebrates 20 year at helm". The Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  28. ^ Woodhead, Cameron (17 October 2013). "Theatre review: The Shadow King". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  29. ^ Blake, Elissa (30 January 2014). "Just the ticket". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  30. ^ Jackson, Kevin (19 June 2014). "Brothers Wreck". www.kjtheatrediary.com. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  31. ^ Simmonds, Diana (20 January 2016). "The Golden Age | Stage Noise - Diana Simmonds". www.stagenoise.com. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  32. ^ "Who's Deadly? The Countdown Begins! DEADLYS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – VOTE NOW!" (PDF). Deadly Awards. Vibe Australia. Press release. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  33. ^ "FEMALE ACTOR OF THE YEAR - Deadly Vibe". Deadly Vibe. Vibe Australia. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  34. ^ Maddox, Garry (28 October 2015). "5th AACTA Awards: the full list of nominees". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  35. ^ Knox, David (3 April 2016). "Logie Awards 2016: nominations". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  36. ^ "7th Annual Equity Ensemble Awards". www.equityfoundation.org.au. Retrieved 25 March 2018.

External links

  • Rarriwuy Hick on IMDb
  • Rarriwuy Hick on Twitter
  • Black Cockatwo (Rarriwuy Hick and Corey Webster) on YouTube, July 2011
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