Where were you in 1992? If you were like most Australians, you were either loving or loathing a ground-breaking TV series called Sylvania Waters. Reality TV, contrived docu-drama, cultural cringe-fest - call it what you want, but Sylvania Waters arguably set in motion a new trend on our screens - the viewer as voyeur. A dysfunctional family, a typical suburb, babies, boats and booze, this ABC/BBC co-production had all the hallmarks of a 'soap' - only this time it was for real. Seventeen years later, Hazelhurst Gallery is taking a 'reality check'. It has invited some of Australia's most innovative visual artists to revisit the canals of the Sutherland Shire south of Sydney and respond to the phenomenon that was Sylvania Waters.
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.
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