13 October 2021

The South Australian -made TV series First Day was last night announced as a winner in the ‘Kids: Live Action’ category at the International Emmy Awards!

On the eve of her high school debut, Hannah Bradford (model and activist Evie Macdonald) is anxious about the usual stuff: what does her uniform look like? Who will she sit with at lunch? Hannah is also trans, and with her identity comes a unique set of worries, skills and strengths, portrayed here with maturity and authenticity by 12-year-old Macdonald – the first transgender actor to lead an Australian TV series. While First Day always centres Hannah’s experience, the warm-hearted four-parter also paints a broader picture of gender, family and friendship. From sleepovers to periods, every kid in Hannah’s class is facing their own unknown first in this nuanced look at girlhood. Co-winner of the 2021 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming.

First Day first debuted on Australian screens in late 2019, with a second series now in production. The series was also featured in the AFF Youth 2021 program as part of the ‘Report Card‘ series, in which students could hear from, and speak directly with, the content makers on what they want from the films and TV being made for and about them

Congratulations to all involved in this groundbreaking series. We can’t wait to see the next installment in Hannah’s journey!

Watch First Day on ABC’s iView platform.

See all the winners in the ‘kids’ category at the International Emmy Awards