With a long-held love for the City of Sin, the genial Louis Theroux heads to Las Vegas to meet the people prepared to bet their bottom dollar. From the casino moguls to the slot slaves, Louis finds the people who are building the 'new' Las Vegas. He reveals the world behind the myths of casino culture and meets the gamblers, high rollers and casino men who keep this town in the middle of the desert green with money.
For more than a century, the Venice Biennale has been one of the world's largest and most prestigious arts events. Artscape enters the society of glamorous international art, celebrity parties and competitive national exhibitions. This is an investigation into the Biennale's significance in the context of the international art world and Australia's part in that.
Over the last 30 years, Jon Cattapan has established a reputation as one of Australia's most significant and prolific painters. Often described as 'the poet of the floating metropolis', much of Cattapan's work responds to the notion of what it means to be a human being in the 21st century urban environment.
Helen Morse takes the lead in Sundowner a play about a mother coping with Alzheimer's disease. Morse's own mother suffered from Alzheimer's and rehearsing this play proves both traumatic and cathartic as it examines the importance of family and memory in how we live and how we define ourselves.
Sculptures In The Scrub is a half-hour documentary that tracks an exciting new regional art project that its organisers hope will breathe new life into a once-thriving country town. The small town of Baradine is a far flung community in far western NSW. It's hoped a new sculpture trail at nearby Dandry Gorge will lure travellers off the Newell Highway into exploring the area's rich Indigenous history and truly spectacular Pilliga landscape.
Intelligence Squared, the world's premier debating forum, takes you to the heart of the issues and the arguments that matter. The motion for this debate is 'The war on terror was the right response to 9/11'.
The story of Australia's JP 'Jack' McGowan plays like a Hollywood script. An epic romance set against the birth of cinema featuring high adventure, war, fame and great love won and lost. JP was one of Hollywood's first stunt directors who, with his wife and on screen daredevil Helen Holmes, paved the way for the action adventure blockbusters we know today.
This week on Artscape, Fenella Kernebone chats to legendary Australian designer Marc Newson. Newson is one of the world's most popular industrial designers. Born in Sydney in 1963, he graduated in jewellery and sculpture at the Sydney College of the Arts back in 1984. Today, with a career spanning over 20 years, Newson has worked for studios in Sydney, Tokyo, Paris and London, and designed everything from chairs, watches and kitchen gadgets to surfboards, cars and jet aeroplanes.
Filmed with hidden cameras, Lawrence's final investigation tests the boundaries of rationality by confronting an unsuspecting individual with increasingly unbelievable experiences. Can Lawrence turn a sceptic into a believer?
The once every five years Australian census is upon us (August 9). Which means the vexed 'What is your religion?' question will raise its head. This, in turn means thousands of pranksters will write down Jedi, Matrixist or Metal Head. Over the years John Safran has heard academics claim that far from being a joke, young people were combining spirituality with popular culture. Safran wants to hunt down these spiritual innovators. "I thought I'd potter off around the world and try to find people who sincerely and unsarcastically synchronise spirituality with popular culture. Is it good, is it trivialising, is it even spiritually dangerous?"
This week, Lawrence presents a user's guide to how we are manipulated, persuaded and deceived without us knowing it. This episode features liars, cheats, poker players, undercover cops, and at long last reveals the truth about Joe the Cameraman.
Magicians are masters of deception, but how do you fool a master magician? This week, Lawrence learns the tricks of the trade from Las Vegas magicians, pickpockets and neuroscientists on a quest to create the ultimate 'magician fooler'.
From UFO hunting in Roswell New Mexico to launching his own unidentified object into the sky, this week Lawrence goes boldly where no man has gone before to make contact with aliens.
This week in the final of this series, Virginia Trioli talks with Texan supermodel and enduring icon of style, Jerry Hall. Featuring a stunning fashion photography archive, the program tracks Hall's modelling career from the mid 1970s through to her acting role as Mrs Robinson in the Australian theatre production of The Graduate.
This week, Lawrence's investigation into the spirit world takes him on a thrill ride filled with spooky castles, Scottish ghost hunters, seances, spontaneous vomit and Patrick Swayze. But will he find a ghost?
In this week's revealing interview, Trioli chats with world renowned photographer and chronicler of our times, Annie Leibovitz. Through Leibovitz's iconic imagery, the program tracks her incredible journey, from her beginnings as an art student in San Francisco during the 1960s, through her lifelong partnership with the acclaimed intellectual and writer Susan Sontag, right through to her status today as one of the most sought after celebrity portrait photographers.
The new adventures of intrepid sceptic and comic Lawrence Leung are revealed in a fascinating and fun series that investigates the unbelievable. It's Mythbusters meets Ghostbusters as Lawrence embarks on a mind bending quest to examine the irrational and the impossible.
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