NERVE is a film about London-based Australian photographer, Paul Knight, and his ambitious project, Proposition. Knight has built his artistic career on pushing the boundaries of sexual representation.
Imagine wearing a leather jacket that was grown in a lab. The artwork Victimless Leather is cultivated in just this way using the tools of biotechnology and a procedure known as Tissue Culture.
Anatomy is a multi-award winning series of documentaries which explore the ways in which artists and performers deal with the subject of sex and the human body. The third series consists of three unique documentaries linked thematically yet individual within themselves. Each week a different filmmaker tells a story that is variously funny, playful, confronting and in the end, illuminative in the role of sexuality and life in the creative process.
Life Architecturally follows internationally acclaimed husband and wife team, architect Robert McBride and interior designer Debbie Ryan, to discover what inspires their groundbreaking architectural concepts and designs.
Ochre And Ink tells the extraordinary story of artist Zhou Xiaoping and his inspiring 23-year collaboration with Aboriginal artists in outback Australia. With elements of humour, controversy and tragedy, this film follows Xiaoping as he develops from an enthusiastic but naive young man into an engaging and passionate character who has established genuine friendships with many Aboriginal people.
In Paris, August 1886, the world's first media interview occurred when the great photographer Nadar interviewed the famous scientist and sceptic Chevreul on his 100th birthday. The meeting was recorded by Nadar's son Paul as photographer and a stenographer using shorthand.
William Shatner investigates three astonishing ancient mysteries: A 900-year-old skeleton found in a Mexican cave may be evidence that aliens once walked our planet; a Peruvian doctor discovers stone carvings that suggest that dinosaurs lived alongside humans; and a 2000-year-old wooden model reveals an incredible secret - did the ancient Egyptians invent the aeroplane?
William Shatner investigates three mysterious freaks of nature: On the East Coast of Canada, a small community is devastated by an earth-shattering 'boom'; swallowing ships and planes, a paranormal fog haunts Lake Michigan; and a blinding double flash of light over the Indian Ocean sends a nation into panic.
Virginia Trioli talks to Tracey Emin, one of the leaders of the Young British Artists better known as the YBAs, the contemporary movement supported and collected by Charles Saatchi. In this revealing interview, Emin discusses the confronting, deeply personal nature of her art which commands huge prices. The challenging nature of her work is matched by her outlandish behaviour including a drunken appearance on British television.
William Shatner investigates three incredible stories that could spell the end of human life on Earth: decoding ancient Mayan texts, a physicist predicts a deadly super-volcano lurking beneath Yellowstone National Park will destroy the world in 2012; a NASA scientist makes an incredible alien discovery and believes a solar storm could destroy the planet; and one of the world's greatest minds makes a startling prediction about a sinister robot takeover - man and machine will merge by 2050.
William Shatner investigates three bizarre stories about monsters: a west Virginia town is terrorised by the 'mothman', a seven-foot winged demon with glowing red eyes; in Newfoundland, a fisherman discovers the remains of an unidentified sea creature on a local beach; and there's panic in the streets of New Delhi when thousands report being attacked by the 'monkey man', a sinister hairy creature with metallic claws!
William Shatner investigates three curious stories that suggest there is indeed life after death. An emotional visit to a Civil War battlefield leads a Connecticut man to believe he is the reincarnation of a dead general. Hoping to communicate with spirits and uncover genuine proof of the afterlife, scientists in England conduct a series of groundbreaking seances. In Haiti, a man dies after a sudden and mysterious illness but returns from the grave 20 years later.
This week, Artists At Work visits the world of Lindy Lee, one of Australia's leading contemporary artists. Lee's defining mark is not made with paint, but with the chaotic splat of hot black wax. Born in Brisbane to Chinese immigrant parents, Lee's work over the last 30 years has explored personal issues of diaspora and identity: how she fits into Australia, the art world - and the universe. As an artist who is also a Zen Buddhist, the questions: 'Who am I?' and 'Why am I here?' are all in her day's work.
Lesson Plan, a favourite on the film festival circuit, is a documentary about the 1967 Third Wave experiment in fascism that took place at Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, California. The charismatic teacher, Ron Jones, created a classroom setting wherein students subjugated personal freedom for the good of the community. Broadcast as part of ABC's Sunday Best.
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