ABC TV’s new arts show to feature Trent Dalton and Patricia Piccinini

Australian screen luminaries Warwick Thornton and Marta Dusseldorp are among the six creatives interviewed on the new ABC arts show.

The ABC has announced the guest lineup for its new Arts program, Creative Types with Virginia Trioli, which premieres in early April.

The new six-part series sees award-winning broadcaster, journalist and ‘unabashed arts fanatic’ Virginia Trioli exploring the essence of creativity with six creative Australians at the top of their game, telling the story of their roads to triumph and occasional disasters along the way.

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As per the media release, the guests are ‘ingenious creatives Virginia has a fascination with and wants to get to know’.

The guests are: Trent Dalton, the writer who turned his complex family history into an Australian epic; Rafael Bonachela, the Spanish born artistic director of the Sydney Dance Company; Marta Dusseldorp – award-winning stage and screen actor and producer; Warwick Thornton, Kaytetye man and one of Australia’s great filmmakers; Tom Gleeson, comedian and Gold Logie winner; and visual artist Patricia Piccinini, mother of Skywhale and creator of strange creatures at the intersection of nature and science.

Trioli is quoted as saying: ‘I’m thrilled to be celebrating the art of making and the many brilliant creative types we have in this country. From writers to artists to actors and musicians there is a distinct energy and expansiveness about creative Australians and this program tells the story of the hills they’ve climbed, their stumbles and their triumphs and what drives them to tell their stories to the world.’ 

Kath Earle, ABC Head Arts, Music and Events, said: ‘I’m so proud of this delightful and inspiring new ABC Arts series which encourages audiences to reflect on creativity and the vital role it plays, not only in the lives of the artists featured, but in all our lives.’

Creative Types with Virginia Trioli is an ABC production. Executive producer is Jaya Balendra and director is Stamatia Maroupas, best known for her work on Kitchen Cabinet and Ms Represented with Annabel Crabb.

The six-part series premieres on Tuesday, 9 April, 9pm on ABC TV and ABC iview

Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She is a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk