This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats with Tetsuya Wakuda, the chef whose Sydney restaurant consistently rates in the world's top ten. Talking Heads follows the journey of this extraordinary man who went from being a fish boner to an internationally acclaimed 'master of cuisine' in little more than a decade.
The Brits arrive in Kalimantan, Indonesia to live and work alongside the workers in the prawn industry. Instead of fishing for prawns in the ocean, the Brits find themselves waist deep in mud working on a prawn farm
From the English county of Cheshire, the three Manifold brothers packed their bags in the 1820s to try their luck in the colonies. In 1838, the gamble paid off. The brothers were amongst the first pioneers to ride into the rich pastoral country of the western district of Victoria. They immediately laid claim to all they could see, bringing the family unparalleled wealth and status.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats to charismatic lawyer, Geoffrey Robertson QC. Robertson has had a glittering career in international human rights law and as a television host. Yet, in a remarkably candid interview he reveals that he would rather have been a historian.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson is speaking to the author and artist responsible for some of the most imaginative children's books ever published.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson's guest is Judy Steel, a retired Australian nurse who has created a second life for herself working in Africa. Known as 'Mama Jude' to a community of impoverished Ugandans, she has made it her mission to improve their quality of health care and their life in general.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson's guest is Professor Jennie Brand-Miller, the Australian nutritionist who ignored the early sceptics and showed there is a link between weight control and the Glycemic Index.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats with footy and fishing afficionado Rex Hunt. A former policeman and Victorian Football League (VFL) player, these days he is a highly successful businessman, passionate environmentalist and media personality.
Biker tattooist Tony Cohen reckons he is more of a psychiatrist than a tattoo artist. For over 20 years he's seen the good, the bad, and the ugly walk through the doors of his infamous tattoo parlour, The Illustrated Man, near Sydney's Central Station. Tony began marking his son Brett's skin when he was just four. As soon as he was old enough, Brett learned to tattoo his dad and has been helping his dad run the business for the last 15 years.
Andrew Denton talks to actor David Wenham, author Lee Stringer and Beaconsfield paramedic, Paul Featherstone.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson barely manages to contain the enthusiasm of scientist Professor Harry Messel. Professor Messel developed one of the world's leading university physics departments, pioneered the introduction of computers into this country and changed the way science is taught in Australia.
Mohsen was an asylum seeker going mad in detention until Suzanne Tsannes took his case all the way to the High Court. Suzanne, 62, is a psychotherapist who is married with two adult children. Mohsen, 33, is an Iranian poet who two years ago was granted refugee status after four years in detention. Suzanne met Mohsen at Villawood Detention Centre in 2001 and theirs is the story of one person's crusade for another's freedom, justice and sanity.
Six young fast food junkies travel to South East Asia to see just what's involved in producing the food they take for granted. They must catch, harvest and process food products that are eaten every day in the UK.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson talks to renowned actor John Wood. Wood's been described as having the mind of an artist and the body of a labourer. He is excellent at playing the laconic Aussie, but is the sort of bloke who reads Shakespeare and Chaucer to relax.
Brothers Ray and Peter Mickelberg, former abalone fishermen, were fitted up for Australia's biggest gold heist: $650,000 dollars worth of gold bullion - or 68 kilograms of gold - from the Perth mint in 1982. They were framed by a corrupt cop, bashed, wrongfully imprisoned for almost a decade, and financially destroyed. They never stopped fighting to get out and, now acquitted, seek compensation from the WA government.
Art has always been a risky business and, for John Olsen, it's more precarious than most. Every time he picks up a paintbrush he has no idea where it will lead him. And he's lived his life exactly as he paints. This film joins the Olsen family as they reflect on the tumultuous and unpredictable consequences of their father's artistic impulse. Today, the risks seem to have paid off. John has realised his artistic fortunes and the family is back together again and counting its blessings. Here is a rare and intimate portrait of one family where passion, risk and art go hand-in-hand with a fortunate life.
Meet the Natives comes to a poignant end as Chief Yapa, Joel, Posen, Jimmy Joseph conclude their tour of the UK with a look at the English 'upper class'.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats with a guest who has an absolutely captivating lightness of spirit, Jan Ruff O'Herne. She was just 21 years old when taken prisoner in Java in 1942 and forced into a Japanese military brothel. It was an experience she kept hidden for 50 years until launching into a journey of truth and healing late in life.
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