Call Me Harrison When former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer and his wife Judy learned that their young son was autistic, they were told he would probably never have a job or live independently. But Harrison Fischer, now aged 25, has defied everybody’s expectations. Harrison has a job helping primary schoolers in Wodonga, is paying tax and has his own home. As his father Tim Fischer, one of Australia’s most-loved politicians, battles a life-threatening illness, Harrison’s growing independence is a source of joy for the Fischer family.
Four, a magical age where futures are forged, friendships are made, and emotions run high. We eavesdrop on the ups and downs, tantrums, triumphs, friendships and fall-outs through the eyes of a child.
Award-winning mathematics teacher Eddie Woo explains why "follow your passion" can be bad advice, and that it took him time to find his purpose in life.
When Australian Story first filmed with Dr Justin Yerbury, the world-renowned scientist’s research into motor neurone disease had taken on a terrible urgency. Diagnosed with the disease in 2016, his condition had begun to deteriorate dramatically. By last Christmas he was unable to breathe unassisted and without major surgery to provide permanent mechanical ventilation he wouldn’t survive. Determined to continue his search for a cure and spend more time with his family, he had the operation and when the episode aired early in the year he was in ICU, struggling with post-operative complications. He would remain there for six months. But the past couple of months have seen some remarkable developments. Not only has he finally returned home, he is now going into the office two days a week to continue his vital research into the disease. Australian Story caught up with Justin and his family to record his astonishing progress.
Incarcerated for murder and armed robbery, hardened New York criminals learn to love again by raising puppies behind bars. In this inspirational tale, three selected prisoners battle self-doubt, anger and regret in their attempt to transform dependent pups into service dogs for injured US veterans. Bound together by fate, this uniquely vulnerable trio of puppy, prisoner and veteran come to discover the redemptive power of second chances.
Known as The Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin's impact far exceeded his hit TV series. From his childhood to life as a global icon, those who knew him reflect on his remarkable life.
Former High Court judge Michael Kirby reflects on his schooling, how his sexuality shaped his childhood, and the importance of trying to have fun in life.
Former Westpac CEO Gail Kelly speaks about the risks of overpreparing for exams, her career in teaching and business, and the importance of backing yourself.
Over many years, Australian Story has followed the efforts of farmer Peter Andrews to drought-proof the land. His unorthodox approach, which involves planting weeds and installing 'leaky weirs', was once considered heretical but a growing band of supporters has taken up his cause At Mulloon, outside Canberra, Tony Coote and a group of like-minded landholders set out to prove that the Andrews method works. Now, during one of the worst droughts in living memory their results are cause for hope and have attracted the eye of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Man Booker Prize-winning author Thomas Keneally puts the year 12 exam experience into perspective, as he speaks about his schooling and how he became a writer.
Concerned that he has been away from his home country of Taree for over 20 years, a son decides to quit everything to go fishing with his father and salvage a relationship spoiled some time ago.
Introduced by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Sussex Prince Harry has spoken exclusively to Australian Story ahead of the Invictus Games which will open in Sydney next week. Founded by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Sussex in 2014, the Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veteran. One of those competitors will be Garry Robinson who credits His Royal Highness and the Invictus Games with saving his life. In 2010, the former commando narrowly survived a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan. After two years in rehab, he returned home to the challenges of learning to live with a traumatic brain injury and significant physical disabilities. Garry struggled to cope and it wasn’t until his rehab team at Holsworthy Army base encouraged him to enter the inaugural London Invictus Games four years ago that he found a new lease of life.
Samuel Symons led a quietly inspirational life. Diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour at age four, he spent most of his life in and out of hospitals. But Samuel's witty personality always shone through, despite the seemingly endless and gruelling treatments. Samuel grew up with his two brothers, Raphael and Joel, mother Elly and his television and radio personality father, Red Symons. But his parents never spoke publicly about Samuel’s illness. That was until Australian Story started filming with them in 2006 and continued tracking Samuel's progress for three years for an intimate and raw look into the journey of childhood cancer. Samuel passed away on October 3, 2018, age 27. His mother Elly introduces this story which looks back on Samuel's remarkable life.
Taryn Brumfitt is the Adelaide mother-of-three behind a global movement inspiring women to make peace with their bodies. Like many mothers, Taryn loathed her post-baby shape and threw herself into dieting and bodybuilding to attain the ‘perfect’ body. Realising it was an impossible ideal, she made the choice to love her body instead and posted a photo of her "real" body online … and the response was extraordinary. Taryn started a movement, made a documentary and is now knocking on Hollywood’s door to spread the message that women should embrace the skin they're in.
Jimmy Barnes describes life in Elizabeth, Adelaide, and the "horror house" he grew up in, detailing a fight between his parents, linking the alcoholism and violence to the shame of poverty in a new country. (Coarse language.)
Jimmy Barnes describes the culture of violence in Elizabeth, explaining it as something children were taught, and linking the fighting to the toughness of life in northern UK towns and continued poverty as migrants in Australia. (Coarse language.)
Jimmy Barnes reveals the significance of 'Flame Trees', a song about a homecoming, and how Adelaide holds bad memories for him. Includes old and new footage of Cold Chisel performing the song.
Raw and compassionate, full of elegantly staged live musical performances, this is the compelling story of Jimmy Barnes' migration to Australia, childhood survival, family, search for love and, finally, redemption.
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