Karen Carey is a Perth woman who grew up with a relatively simple heart problem. But when it came time for an operation to install an artificial heart valve, everything that could go wrong did. At the age of thirty-four, Karen had a stroke after taking her twin sons to school. The valve was removed and another one made of pig tissue implanted. To discover what went wrong, Karen risked everything on a court case. When the case failed, she embarked on a new career as a consumer health advocate, intent on creating a better accountability framework to protect patients when medical devices fail.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson is joined by one of musical theatre's biggest stars, Caroline O'Connor. Whether it's playing Judy Garland, Edith Piaf, Velma Kelly in Chicago or Nini-Legs in the Air in Moulin Rouge, O'Connor has been wowing audiences worldwide for years with her stage and screen performances.
Five international travellers (three French, one British and one Australian) set out on an epic journey, to be the first people to take Bactrian camels from the towering heights of the Himalayas down to Rajasthan and the famous Pushkar camel fair. When two of the camels die, the travellers are blamed in the local media and the BBC. Threatened with charges of animal cruelty, police prosecution and mob justice, the group is forced into hiding. Camel Odyssey is a dramatic documentary about five international travellers seeking adventure who get more than they bargained for.
Deals with the issue of disclosure of your personal story to an audience and looks deeper into the process of the Knot At Home project. Five young people tell their own story in their own way about how they got involved in the Knot At Home project and what it was like for them to have their personal stories heard.
In the two-part documentary, Hardcore Profits award-winning British filmmaker, Tim Samuels explores the rising pervasiveness of pornography, discovering how new technology is changing porn, and questions porn films' reluctance to portray safe sex on screen. In Episode 1 Samuels explores how in the 21st century, pornography has never been more profitable or more pervasive. He sees how pornography is now piped into people's lives via new technologies and how this is creating powerful new revenue streams for supposedly 'family friendly' mobile phone and credit card companies.
On the last leg of their journey, Bruce interviews actor Jo Turner in Adelaide, helping him make the decision to combine his law studies with his great passion: acting. Next, in Roxby Downs they interview John Read, whose work with mining companies and indigenous communities is transforming degraded desert by ridding it of introduced flora and fauna. At Uluru, the last interview of the journey is with inspirational Aboriginal elder Bob Randall, whose intensely moving story provokes a strong reaction in Brynn and she is invited to come and work with the community at Mutijulu.
A man with a photographic memory who was the inspiration for Dustin Hoffman in the film Rainman
John's been reading books on Jewish marriage versus intermarriage. The Jews want him to get together with a Jewess, saying that if he marries out, anti-Semitism will inevitably creep into his cross-cultural union. It's true - some people are racist, but does that really mean John has to stop hitting on Eurasians?
21 Up South Africa offers insights into the social and political changes occurring throughout the country since the fall of Apartheid. First filmed as fourteen 7-year-olds in 1992, these youngsters are ordinary South Africans growing up at a time of enormous social change. We see them now at age 21 making their way in the new South Africa, as well as flashbacks from their interviews when they were 7 and 14.
Marking the 80th anniversary of the Wall Street Crash, this film looks back at the great financial disaster which shook the 20th century. Startlingly topical in view of the bleak banking crisis of today, the film traces the background and backlash of 1929 with astonishingly fresh and detailed archive footage. The Wall Street Crash spread around the world like a malign infection. It humbled the rich and destroyed the savings of millions of ordinary people. It brought mass unemployment and near starvation to Europe and Asia, and slowed world trade for nearly a decade. The Crash also re-painted the political landscape, triggering the rise of ruthless dictators such as Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin. 1929: The Year of The Crash follows the wondrously decadent trail of the decade known as The Rolling Twenties the years in which Americans celebrated their post war status as world leaders in industry and modern invention, in which Jazz set the style for a worldwide generation and Hollywood movies featured glittering stars that bewitched a global audience. Setting the scene for a nation's dizzying rise, the film then plunges into the depths of its terrible fall, exposing the poverty, dole queues and squalid soup kitchens which followed in the wake of the Wall Street Crash. Finally, it reveals how an unlikely hero, Franklin Roosevelt, rode to the rescue of his wounded country, bringing hope and optimism back into the hearts of his people.
This week's program continues the story of a young nurse who disappeared from a Sydney train station without trace five years ago. While Kylie Labouchardiere's family struggled to cope with their grief, the man behind the murder plotted frantically to cover his tracks.
Donkey In Lahore is an intimate documentary which follows a young man whose skills as a puppeteer took him on a journey that would unexpectedly change his life. While visiting the small town of Lahore in Pakistan to perform at a puppet festival, Brisbane-born Brian meets 17-year-old Amber. Ten years Brian's junior, Amber doesn't seem a likely match for the eccentric Aussie lad. Deeply engrossed in her Pakistani culture, Amber is a devout Muslim still living at home with her tight-knit family. Yet in a whirlwind two-week "romance", during which the pair are never alone together, they somehow manage to develop strong feelings for one another and Brian is convinced that the meeting was not merely a coincidence - it was destiny.
Deals with issues related to taking responsibility for past mistakes. Eight young people talk about how they realised they had taken a wrong turn in their lives and what they are now doing to rectify this.
Victoria Achut battled her way through medical school and escaped a civil war in Sudan, but her biggest struggle yet has been re-starting life in the 'lucky country' with three small children, an absent husband and mounting bills. Determined to become a doctor in Australia, she finally secures an internship at a hospital, just as a series of crises threaten to ruin her career plans, disrupt her children's lives and put her at loggerheads with her husband.
People always mocked sallow Jewish John for trying to act black when growing up. But cross-cultural relationship experts say that you should walk in the shoes of other people to understand different cultures. John flies to Sun City, California to get some support from anti-racism campaigner Jane Elliott. His interview leads him to Black Like Me, a book from the 1950s by a man who disguised himself to see what it felt like being black. His interest piqued, John goes to Chicago.
When a young nurse disappeared from Sydney five years ago, the lives of the people she left behind fell into disarray. Although her friends and family didn't know it, the man behind Kylie Labouchardiere's death was plotting to hide his crime with a series of bizarre actions, none of which made sense to anybody at the time. Along the way, he set fire to his own home to mislead investigators and attempted to frame an innocent policeman. Despite his elaborate fabrications, a three-year police investigation
Featuring celebrated chef/restaurateur, author and advocate of Australian ingredients, Stephanie Alexander.
Pasty bespectacled comic John Safran is back with an eight-part doco-comedy. And it's his most daring and personal adventure yet. It's about cross-cultural, interracial and interfaith love. Mass migration has changed everything. Today, chances are high that someone you get a crush on at school, meet at a club, or get chatting to by the photocopier will not be from your tribe. The feel-good position is 'love will conquer all'. John suspects it's not that simple.
This feature is only available for subscribers. Please contact your EnhanceTV administrator or email firstname.lastname@example.org