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.
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.
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