This week Enough Rope goes 'On the Road' to the north-west Victorian town of Rainbow (population about 550), which lies in wheat and sheep country on the edge of the Mallee (desert country). Scratch the surface and even a small town like Rainbow reveals a cast of characters.
Forty-year-old Australian backpacker Hayden Adcock went missing in August, 2008 during one of South-East Asia's most deadly monsoon seasons. Lost in the Laotian jungle, at the mercy of the violent storms, his body became consumed by creeping infections, hypothermia and blood poisoning. But eleven days later, as a miraculous chain of events fell into place, Hayden was found barely alive, lying at the top of a waterfall.
This new four part series follows three young people as they set off on a journey of self-discovery that will challenge them to find their own road in life. Desperate to make a difference Brynn, 25, is a corporate lawyer in a top city firm who feels trapped. Bruce, 20, studies Arts/Law, and is a recent migrant from Zimbabwe who loves the performing arts, but feels an obligation to support his family. Kay, 20, is struggling with business studies and under pressure from her Chinese-Timorese migrant family to succeed. The trio hits the road in a bright green campervan, to interview their chosen mentors.
Teachers are the unsung heroes of our community. Many people can remember at least one teacher who inspired them during their formative years - someone who played a pivotal role in their lives. Inspiring Teachers is a four-part documentary series that will explore what makes four teachers in particular inspiring and the impact they have on their students. Inspiring Teachers celebrates the work of teachers who are often undervalued, underpaid and under appreciated. Where does this passion for teaching derive from and how is it conveyed to pupils?
What can a mother say when her son is violently taken away from her? Dennis Tupicoff's latest endeavour answers the question - twice. Matthew Easdale was shot dead in a house in Brisbane in April, 1995. His mother, Kathy Easdale, was interviewed for ABC Radio a few weeks later. That broadcast provides the voice track for His Mother's Voice, where the filmmaker explores how such an earth-shattering event can resonate with an audience.
This week, Peter hosts his first dinner-party as a single man and one of his guests includes a lady of special interest; Mark goes on a date with high expectations; Ange experiments with love online and meets Annie; and Phoenix Lifestyle founder Judithe Beardon is about to be reunited with her first love, Rudi.
Peter Thompson talks to leading Australian theatre director Neil Armfield, who is currently in his 15th and final year as Artistic Director of Company B at Sydney's Belvoir Street Theatre
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats with Ken Done. Who knows what percentage of the population has owned one of his Sydney Harbour tea towels? Obsessed by colour from a young age, seeing a Matisse exhibition in his early 20s changed Done's life.
Andrew speaks with Dr Jane Goodall, the world's leading expert on chimpanzees and an extraordinary interview with 70s star, Donny Osmond.
Featuring Don Hany - 2010 Silver Logie winner for most outstanding actor - Miracle In The Desert is the second of three incredible drama-documentaries about miraculous feats of survival against deadly odds in extreme circumstances. Alaskan fireman Robert Bogucki (Don Hany) went missing in Western Australia's Great Sandy Desert in July, 1999. Bogucki survived 43 days and was eventually found some 400km from his departure point by an Australian television news helicopter. He'd lost 30 kilograms, endured six weeks without food and 12 days without water but miraculously survived one of the world's most inhospitable wildernesses.
Why is it so hard to find a partner? What has changed in our society? What will be the effect of this phenomenon on Australian society in the future - on birth rates, living patterns, and mental health?
Is it possible to mimic the trance-like state of a creative mind? This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson is joined by bestselling author Sue Woolfe in a must-see program for anyone interested in the creative process.
A millionaire leaves their luxury life behind and lives undercover in a deprived area of the UK. Living on a limited budget. they must work and find individuals and projects who they think deserve a cut of their fortune.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson talks to the ultimate 'speed racer' Sir Jack Brabham OBE. The Brabham name is synonymous with Grand Prix motor racing and to this day, Sir Jack Brabham, the first driver in history to be knighted for his services to motorsport, remains one of racing's most popular personalities.
From the frozen roads of a Colorado winter to the grandest boulevard in the world, Blood Sweat and Gears will take viewers on an incredible emotional journey, following the ups and downs of an underdog cycling team as they try, against all odds, to ride triumphantly into Paris on the Tour de France.
Andrew talks to the charismatic Chrissy Amphlett and comedian, Ben Elton.
Never Say Die Matildas follows the Australian Women's Football Team during a rollercoaster year in which, against all odds, they become one of the nation's most successful sporting teams. From missing out on a spot for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing to making the quarter finals in the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007, the resilient team, coached by Tom Sermanni, fought to the bitter end on the field and represented Australia with tremendous pride.
Over the north-western plains of New South Wales, in February, 2007, German paraglider Ewa Wisnierska is sucked 10,000 metres into a massive thunderstorm. Facing a multitude of life-threatening forces - low oxygen, freezing temperatures and wild weather - Ewa Wisnierska (Inge Sildnik) manages to navigate her way out of the storm, land her glider and miraculously survive with only minor frostbite.
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