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.
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'.
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