In Our Blood, it still runs

In light of the new ABC series 'In Our Blood', we take a closer look at the history of HIV in Australia and what it means today.

COVID-19 has shaken the modern world to its core. Yet for the queer and HIV+ communities this has not been our first rodeo. Even for those who aren’t old enough to have lived through the AIDS crisis themselves, then the horror and despair of that time have most certainly been passed down to us, through stories and art.

In this powerful tradition, comes the new ABC series In Our Blood. It was originally written for stage by Adriano Cappelletta as Never Let Me Go, which premiered at Griffin Theatre in 2019. Now, in the wake of a more recent pandemic, this four-episode television adaptation is exceptional and important storytelling. 

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Jessi Ryan (they/them) has been creating performance and exhibitions for the past 20 years, both locally, nationally and abroad- in this time collaborating with a huge number of artists from a broad cross section of cultural backgrounds. As a journalist they have written for and been published by some of Australia’s leading arts and news editorial across the last 10 years-and was recognised as a finalist for Globe Community Media Award in 2021. Ryan has also taken photos for a number of print and online publications.