Movie directors Jocelyn Moorhouse and PJ Hogan talk candidly about the challenges, heartbreak and unexpected joys of living with two severely autistic children.
Kiah's Tourette's syndrome creates barriers due to his uncontrollable swearing. Jake, who has epilepsy, looks for a job utilising his mechanical skills. Short-statured Sarah takes her first steps into the world of employment.
Health law professor, writer and debunker-extraordinaire, Timothy Caulfield, dives deep into the science, and the social issues behind today's cutting-edge health trends in order to separate the truly good advice from the excess of high-priced placebos. What does it take to flush all the bad stuff from your body after a week-long bender? Or after several years of eating junk food? Detoxing isn't actually a thing, but it's a fixation of the Western world. Stemming from the guilty pleasures of overindulgence and under-exercising, a belief has emerged that we must regularly rid our bodies of toxins via detoxifying diets, fasts, technologies, and more. The evidence - or the lack thereof - behind this popular trend is uncovered. The science, the risks, and the underlying beliefs and fears are explored. Original title: A User's Guide to Cheating Death.
This documentary follows Brianna Lee, a 26-year-old school teacher and Calisthenics lover, and her lifelong dream to finally win Calisthenics' most prestigious title, the Most Graceful Girl competition. After placing second three years in a row, and being controversially stripped of the State Title, she knows this year is her last chance to win. With the help of uncompromising, legendary coach Diane Synnott, the grande Dame of the re-birthed Regent Calisthenics Club, she struggles to perfect her routine, lay all her ghosts to rest and produce the best performance of her life.
Jocelyn Moorhouse and PJ Hogan are two of this country’s most celebrated movie directors. The success of their debut films had Hollywood calling and they have since worked with some of the biggest names in film. They are also the parents of four children, two of whom have severe autism. And the experience of raising those children has shaped their personalities and careers. Jocelyn gave up her career to concentrate on her son and daughter’s therapy. She didn't expect to direct again. But in 2015, 18 years after making her last film, she made a triumphant return with The Dressmaker. In this intimate portrait, the family speaks candidly about the challenges, heartbreak and unexpected joys of living with two severely autistic children. Introduced by Cate Blanchett
Despite communication challenges caused by his cerebral palsy, Eric fronts up to employers and asks for a chance. Kathleen's neuro-psych testing breaks down autism stereotypes. Paul pushes forward in the face of rejection.
The Seekers were the trailblazers of Australian music in the 1960s, knocking heavy hitters such as the Beatles off the top of the charts in the UK and taking the US by storm. Best known for their unique blend of harmonies and the voice of Judith Durham, the band were unlike anything of their time. Now, fresh off the back of a record deal featuring their final tour, The Seekers are taking part in the first television documentary since their split 50 years ago. All four band members Athol Guy, Bruce Woodley, Judith Durham and Keith Potger discuss their music, the impact of sudden fame and the painful fallout from their famous parting. Introduced by Myf Warhurst.
A documentary about the cultural evolution of the Sydney beachside suburb of Maroubra and the social struggle faced by its youth - the notorious surf gang known as the Bra Boys. Narrated by Russell Crowe.
The extraordinary story of Behrouz Boochani, the man who won Australia’s richest literary award but remains unable to set foot in this country. The stateless refugee, who is in detention on Manus Island, smuggled out his entire book text by text on a smuggled mobile phone. In January, No Friend But the Mountains won the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature, Born during the Iran-Iraq war and suffering persecution as a Kurd in his homeland, Boochani fled Iran, seeking refuge in Australia. Arriving on Christmas Island four days after the government toughened its stance on refugees arriving by boat, he was taken to Manus Island where he has remained for five years. This is the story of determination to celebrate life, even when virtually all hope of escaping a hellish situation has been dashed. Introduced by writer Anna Funder.
School students are asked to explain how they see themselves and believe others see them. But their belief in how they are perceived is put to the test when classmates are asked to describe them in a NSW Department of Education video.
Writer and comedian Rosie Waterland has made a successful career out of seeing the funny side of her traumatic childhood. Whether it’s growing up with alcoholic parents, hiding from welfare workers as a "houso" kid or finding her father’s 'dead’ body', the darker things got in Rosie’s life, the funnier she became. But as Rosie's star was rising, the trauma of her childhood caught up with her. It's been her three sisters, torn apart as children when the family disintegrated, who’ve been the ones helping her back to wholeness.
This week’s Australian Story takes viewers behind the scenes of the Australian effort to separate Bhutanese conjoined twins Nima and Dawa. It took a village of medicos, health workers and volunteers to bring them to Australia, perform the ground-breaking operation and assist in their five month recovery. The story features exclusive interviews and vision, including the first moments the toddlers reunite with their father in Bhutan as newly independent individuals.
It’s widely accepted nowadays that pregnant women shouldn’t take any medication unless it’s absolutely necessary. But in the early 1960s that wasn’t the case. Reassured by their doctors, thousands of women around the world took the drug thalidomide as a treatment for morning sickness, only to be faced with babies born with catastrophic disabilities. Born in March 1963, Lisa McManus is one of Australia’s youngest survivors. She’s leading a group who have taken their fight to Canberra’s Parliament House, in a last ditch battle for recognition, compensation and an apology.
Revisit the life of legendary broadcaster Mike Willesee who died of throat cancer on Friday. Willesee's career in television spanned five decades. He shaped Australian current affairs and was considered the best interviewer in the business. In 2017 he let Australian Story into his life to chronicle his difficult journey through throat cancer. His long-time friend, Ray Martin, introduces this story on Mike Willesee’s extraordinary life.
This program follows a group of young people as they prepare to march in the 40th Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. They meet some famous LGBTQIA+ faces, and create banners and costumes to celebrate this historic event in style.
Tim Duncan was a junior doctor, on the brink of leaving medicine for a filmmaking career, when he found himself in desperate need of medical care. Lying by the side of an outback road, with critical injuries, he knew his only hope for survival was immediate medical attention. In that moment, as his life was ebbing away, Tim made a pact: if he survived, he would devote himself to emergency medicine.
Legendary actor Jack Thompson was 48 hours away from death when his kidneys failed, forcing him into a lifetime of dialysis treatment. A purple truck from the desert kept him alive to film his most important role yet.
Jimmy Barnes' tough upbringing and wayward past shaped the artist Australians have come to know and love. He sits down with 7.30 to offer some advice to his younger self.
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