Nakkiah Lui and a mix of passionate eccentrics take on the Apocalypse



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Nakkiah Lui (in blue): The aborigines were the first preparers of the end of the world.Credit:

By day, Nakkiah Lui is a famous playwright, actress, and screenwriter, with the relaunch of Harper’s Bazaar Australia, a blanket girl. At night, she is an avid fan of reality TV, her favorite category for everything to do with preparing for the apocalypse. This obsession, which she shares with her husband and co-writer, Gabriel Dowrick, culminated in four years with the creation of Preparers, a six-part comedy about a native-led survival community.

“The idea came from the fact that the Aboriginals were the first preparers for the end of the world,” she explains. “1788 was like the Apocalypse for the Native people. What does Revelation look like, in terms of, you lose your house, your whole world changes? What is it like to live with fear? For my culture, there was a lot of fear for a good reason, like living through the stolen generations. I come from people who have managed to create hopes and dreams despite that and are very community driven, which I also try to explore on this show.

Chaired by a shriveled elder (Jack Charles), “Eden 2”, somewhere in Sydney’s Ku-ring-gai National Park, is a haven for a “born leader” (Meyne Wyatt); a reformed hedonistic couple (Ursula Lavish and Chum Ehelepola); a Generation Z decolonizer (Aaron McGrath); and a conspiracy theorist podcaster (Eryn Jean Norvill).

Into the mix of passionate eccentrics falls Lui’s morning television host, Charlie.

“Charlie is so different from me in so many ways,” Lui says. “She created this golden cage around her. She ticks all the boxes of what a “good” Aboriginal person should be, and she has lost track of who she is. To figure this out, she almost destroys the cage.

Charlie’s retirement from the world comes after a private crisis involving his partner and studio boss (Grant Denyer), and a similar public meltdown delivered by Him and Miranda Tapsell as satirical versions of themselves, when they spoke out against racism on Kate McLennan and Kate’s McCartney Morning TV Show, Get Krack! N.

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