Allan Martin committed seven armed bank robberies in his youth and was locked up in Melbourne's Pentridge Prison for 20 years - sharing the rock-breaking yards with the likes of Chopper Read. Amazingly enough, out of this world of violence emerged a poet.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats to one of the world's highest selling singers, Tina Arena. Her sales status may come as a surprise to many Australians who remember her as Tiny Tina, the child star of Young Talent Time (YTT). In the decades since, she's reinvented herself as a smouldering chanteuse and enjoyed amazing success, especially in France.
At 57, Elizabeth Burton still strips in Sydney's Kings Cross and affirms the three m's of her personal philosophy: meditation, mastication and masturbation. Her 23-year-old daughter Libity works in a shoe shop and tells people her mother is a cleaner.
Mark Holden has been a 'boy candy' pop-star, music producer, Australian Idol judge and now a barrister. But his bare-chested appearance on Countdown in 1976 clutching a carnation is the unforgettable image of this Talking Heads.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson has an intimate chat with Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter. A singer/songwriter team of extraordinary spirit, their powerful music, straight from the heart, has taken them around the world. Both members of the stolen generations, Ruby was eight years old when she was taken from her family in South Australia, while Archie was three and then living in Victoria.
Peter Thompson talks to ex-Managing Director of the ABC, David Hill.
Getting married in the 21st century is a highly commercialised, expensive exercise. With the average cost of an Australian wedding now $33,000, the wedding industry is worth $3.5 billion dollars annually - and there are plenty who want a piece of the (wedding) cake. The Wedding Makers goes behind the scenes of this highly competitive, often glamorous, sometimes garish industry and examines how it shapes and influences today's bride.
*Coarse Language*China is in the midst of an automotive revolution that has not been witnessed since the halcyon days of Henry F
This is a rare and fascinating glimpse into the world of live-action role-playing ('LARPing'), a real-life version of the videogame phenomenon World of Warcraft. The idea of live-action role-playing (LARPing) is so strange to most people that the participants often become outcasts. Monster Camp: The Story of Nero Seattle is an award-winning documentary about the world that LARPers inhabit for fun, where gamer stereotypes are simultaneously shattered and confirmed. At the end of the game, participants may be just as sane/insane as everyone else.
China is in the midst of an automotive revolution that has not been witnessed since the halcyon days of Henry Ford. Cars are now the ultimate symbol of status and prosperity in a country that is well on its way to becoming the biggest economy in the world. But car culture is also bringing about volatile class divisions, the world's worst air pollution, and fierce global competition for limited resources. And it's only just begun.
David Pescud's crew of disabled sailors take on the deadly Sydney to Hobart, but will drama on the start line, a major problem with one of the sails and an ocean storm threaten their chances? Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
Living with MS
Enough rope discussion
Enough rope discussion
Living with MS
Andrew talks with cartoonist Michael Leunig and controversial singer Pink. In Show and Tell Andrew speaks with Tana Macqueen about living with Multiple Sclerosis.
Peter Thompson, one of this country's most respected interviewers, invites along some of the most fascinating people in the country and records their conversation in the stunning Brisbane Powerhouse.
This one-hour film, by Liz Mermin, tracks a unique development project that began in the summer of 2004 when a group of volunteer American hairstylists, financed by the beauty industry, arrived in Afghanistan to open a beauty school.
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