First Day Makes German Debut


The Australian drama series First Day has made its debut to audiences in Germany, where it is now airing on KiKA.

First Day tells the story of Hannah, a transgender girl starting high school. Hannah experiences all the excitement and fear associated with this transition, but her first day is even more significant: it’s the first day she will wear a girl’s uniform to school and go by her chosen name rather than the boy’s name she was given at birth.

First Day is produced by Epic Films in association with KOJO Entertainment for ABC TV, with investment from Screen Australia in association with the South Australian Film Corporation, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF). ACTF distributes First Day internationally.

Broadcasters that have already acquired the series include France Télévisions (France), NHK (Japan), Hulu (U.S.), CBC (Canada), NRK (Norway), Yle (Finland), DR TV (Denmark), SVT (Sweden), HOT TV (Israel), RTE (Ireland), SABC (South Africa), NPO (Netherlands) and Canal Futura (Brazil).

The broadcast rights for the second season have recently become available through the ACTF and have already been acquired by SVT (Sweden), Yle (Finland) and Canal Futura (Brazil), with more sales to be announced soon. Season two premiered on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and on Hulu in the U.S. earlier this year.

ACTF CEO Jenny Buckland said: “First Day is a special and important story about inclusion, diversity, resilience and friendship. We are thrilled that audiences in Germany will soon get to meet Hannah and follow her journey as she navigates her first weeks at high school, which all children of the same age will be able to relate to.”