An insightful, thought-provoking music series looking at a number of musicians' lives, work and influences. Presented by Sarah Cawood.
Featuring American singer/songwriter Paul Simon, one half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel, with a continuing solo career; and Lorne Michaels, creator and executive producer of "Saturday Night Live".
Enough Rope With Andrew Denton presents the first of three powerful documentaries for 2008 with a journey into the world of mental illness. In Angels and Demons, Andrew discovers what it feels like to lose your mind, and get it back again! In a world that's often invisible because - in our fear - we choose to look away, Andrew starts at the 2007 Annual Mental Health Services Conference in Melbourne, where he meets people from many walks of life who have struggled with severe mental illness.
The stuff that goes with family life is always a challenge. Wendy talks to families about how they negotiate Christmas, clutter and collecting. Dr Peter Clarke, an expert on the festive season, offers a few insights into why normal consumption behaviour goes out the window at Christmas time. Also this week, we watch a de-clutterer and a Feng Shui practitioner go about their business trying to clean out family homes.
Steven Spielberg says that science fiction is the greatest exercise for the brain, it stretches the belief that anything is possible. George Lucas, Ridley Scott and James Cameron talk about how science fiction films developed from the earlier naive films to today's sophisticated sci-fi thrillers, and how they have remained popular. They analyse films from the '50s including Cold War productions dealing with the paranoia of the time regarding the atom bombs and the end of the world.
Imagine a group of men from tough backgrounds who try to make their living as labourers, miners, and security guards in post apartheid South Africa. Now imagine this same group of men donning their Pierre Cardin suits and engaging in underground fashion shows every Saturday night for prizes, and more importantly - self-respect. Danish filmmaker Jeppe Ronde's The Swenkas takes its title from the name by which these men are known.
Bushfire is a natural part of our bushland environment but can have a devastating effect on people's lives. This program shows how to assess your property's vulnerability to bushfires and how to prepare before the bushfire season. It also explains measures you can take if a fire is approaching, how you should react if caught in a bushfire and what to do once the fire has passed.
David Goldie tracks down the same street kids he spoke to seven years ago to find out what has happened in their lives since he last spoke to them
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