Happy is a feature length documentary from the Academy Award(R)-nominated director Roko Belic (Genghis Blues), that leads viewers on a journey across five continents in search of the keys to happiness. The film addresses many of the fundamental issues we face in today's society: how do we balance the allure of money, fame and social status with our needs for strong relationships, health and personal fulfilment?
The fourth of a series of documentary films that have followed the lives of 14 British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. The children were selected to represent the range of socio-economic backgrounds in Britain at that time, with the explicit assumption that each child's social class predetermines their future. Director Michael Apted returns twenty-one years on as the subjects, now aged twenty-eight, talk about their lives and their hopes the future.
The second of a series of documentary films that have followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. Now having reached the age of 14, the kids drawn from every strata of the British social class structure provide fascinating and at times, poignant insights as to how their dreams and ambitions had been altered.
The first of a series of documentary films that have followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. Acting upon the venerable Jesuit edict 'Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man,' director Paul Almond and his team of assistants (including later director Michael Apted) selected a group of children to represent the range of socio-economic backgrounds in Britain at that time, with the explicit assumption that each child's social class predetermines their future.
The fourth of a series of documentary films that have followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. The children were selected to represent the range of socio-economic backgrounds in Britain at that time, with the explicit assumption that each child's social class predetermines their future. Director Michael Apted returns twenty-one years on as the subjects, now aged twenty-eight, talk about their lives and their hopes the future.
Four artistic adventurers compete in a gruelling contest to travel from Greece to Scotland using only their creative talents. Two cellists, an opera singer and a portrait painter are dropped into Athens with no money and no credit cards and a deadline to make their way across Europe to Edinburgh. By painting and performing, the four have just their art and inspiration to survive on.
Four artistic adventurers learn the art of survival in a gruelling contest to travel from Athens to Edinburgh using only their creative talents. Two cellists, an opera singer and an award-winning portrait painter are dropped in the Greece capital with no money and no credit cards and a deadline make their way across Europe in time for an appearance at the Edinburgh Festival. By painting, performing and by virtue of bare-faced cheek, the four adventurers have just their art and inspiration to survive on, with the winning team being the pair that has made the most money throughout the trip.
A Boy Called Alex is the true story of cystic fibrosis sufferer, 17-year-old Alex Stobbs. He's a musical prodigy who has been playing the piano since he was three. His goal is to conduct Bach's great choral piece, The Magnificat, before an audience of 500 in the stunning 15th century chapel of his school, Eton. This is an ambitious task for any teenage boy, but for Alex the stakes are much higher. With each year that passes, his lungs and digestive system are slowly giving up on him and there is no cure.
The grounds of Versailles contain some 50 spectacular fountains connected by 35 kilometres of pipes. This water system was designed and built under the direct supervision of Louis XIV, a great lover of water features and pyrotechnics. Today, a small team of engineers, maintenance workers and pyrotechnics experts prepare a spectacular show that combines water features, fireworks and a cast of hundreds to recreate the pageantry of Versailles, from the time of Louis XIV, the French Revolution and Napoleon, until the turn of the 20th century.
A fascinating look at people with incredible physical strength and the feats they are capable of. The world's strongest couple have a baby who could inherit their amazing muscle capacity. The champion arm wrestler from the US defeats his fiercest opponent with incredible mind power and Mr Universe, Mr World and 'Mr everything else' was a puny Welshman who started weightlifting at 12 and now has strength and body definition to die for.
Following on from the success of the award-winning ABC television series Choir Of Hard Knocks, choirmaster Jonathon Welch is on a mission. He believes music can change lives and he's out to prove it. This four-part series is a journey of participation and transformation in an unfamiliar world and humanises those on the inside. In an unprecedented move, Corrections Victoria has allowed Jonathon to begin a choir inside Tarrengower Prison, a low security women's prison in regional Victoria. It's the first time a documentary series has been filmed in a Victorian prison. The prison and Jonathon share an objective: to restore the prisoners' self-esteem and improve their rehabilitative prospects. But can Jonathon's song and dance routines have any lasting effect on these women?
For centuries India's 'dancing bears' have been exploited in a barbaric roadside tradition for the tourist dollar. But now they have a new champion. An Australian grandmother is leading a charge to free the endangered sloth bears from their nose rings and chains and introduce them to a natural environment.
Australian Crawl was Australia's most popular band in 1981 and their first album, with its title single Boys Light Up, sold five times platinum. Their second album Sirocco topped the Australian charts and their hit song, Reckless, is still one of the most requested songs on Australian radio. In fact, during the 80s Australian Crawl sold over one million albums in Australia. But, as James Reyne makes clear to Peter Thompson on Talking Heads, the band broke up in 1986, almost a quarter of a century ago!
Alex: A Passion For Life continues the story of inspirational, cystic fibrosis sufferer Alex Stobbs. Alex is now 18, and the incurable lung disease he has suffered since childhood, is steadily getting worse. But against incredible odds Alex has achieved his ambition to study music at King's College in Cambridge University, where he also sings as a choral scholar in one of the most celebrated choirs in the world.
Marie-Antoinette's private quarters in Versailles, the Petit Trianon, where she entertained lavishly, and the "peasant cottage", where she played shepherds, are in a sorry state of disrepair and closed to the public. Versailles' president, Christine Albanel, wants to transform the run-down estate into a major attraction.
It has been six months since the Tarrengower women's prison choir project began and from an unpromising start, Jonathon and the women have worked hard to create a unique Tarrengower sound. Now, in one final concert, they must prove the pilot program has been a success and that music can in fact change peoples' lives.
Enid the Cat sees a mouse inside the clubhouse, and she can't resist the urge to chase it. She chases it all the way up a tree until she gets herself stuck! Luckily for Enid, Duggee it looks like Duggee will know what to do. The squirrels help Duggee to make a fire engine so that they can all rescue Enid together.
Learning a language is taken to the extreme as Tim attempts to learn enough Tagalog in four days to appear on Filipino television. Gain an insight from fastest language learners, such as expert Ed Cooke.
Most parents are very much aware of Elmo, the child-like fuzzy red Muppet who has become a favourite among Sesame Street's youthful audience. Far fewer people know the name Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who breathes the life and soul into Elmo. Something of a loner in his youth, Clash found a way to express himself when he discovered puppetry, and showed a remarkable talent for the art. In this documentary, discover the man behind the Muppet, and find that he is as lovable, wise and infinitely positive as his famous character.
Master illusionist and showman Derren Brown plans to pull off the perfect crime: he's bet renowned art collector Ivan Massow, that he can steal a painting from right under his nose. In true Derren style, he will tell him exactly which painting he plans to target - a work by Turner-nominated British brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman no less - as well as what time the theft will happen.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson is joined by a woman who's become Australia's most passionate ambassador for all things Greek. Maria Benardis was born in Australia but spent her early childhood with her grandmother on the remote Greek island of Psara. At an extremely tumultuous time in her young life, she found sanctuary in a secret vegetable and herb garden she set up overlooking the sea.
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 on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson's guest is an adventurer who believes 'everywhere is in walking distance... if you have the time'. Paula Constant has walked more than 12,000 kilometres across eight countries in Europe and Africa. She's walked further across the Sahara Desert than any other expedition.
This spectacular series continues, as British garden writer and presenter Monty Don, lands in Australia and New Zealand - two of the youngest gardening cultures in the world - on the second leg of his incredible global journey visiting 80 of the world's most celebrated and stunning gardens, from ancient to modern, large to small, and grand to humble.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson speaks with one of the greatest ballet dancers in a generation, Darcey Bussell. Many girls have been told they weren't cut out for dance but Bussell's sublime gift and steely determination saw her become the youngest-ever Principal Ballerina of Britain's Royal Ballet.
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.
This spectacular series continues with Monty Don heading off to the richest and most powerful nation in the world: the United States of America. This is the fifth leg of his incredible global journey, visiting 80 of the world's most celebrated and stunning gardens, from ancient to modern, large to small, and grand to humble.
This spectacular series continues with Monty Don heading off on a technicolour tour of India, to complete the third leg of his incredible global journey visiting 80 of the world's most celebrated and stunning gardens, from ancient to modern, large to small, and grand to humble.
The Indus Civilisation is one of the world's oldest. Presented by children, this series visits the ruins of two Indus cities. Archaeology is introduced as a method of learning how the Indus people lived, with comparisons to present day lifestyles in the region. Mohenjo-daro was a large planned city that was home to 35,000 people during the Indus civilisation. Ruins, artefacts and computer animation provide a fascinating view of the built environment and way of life in this ancient city.
In the penultimate episode of this globe-trotting series, Monty Don reaches Northern Europe. From the floral wonders of Britain's Sissinghurst castle, to the garden palette of impressionist painter Monet, to the quirky individuality of two of Monty's most admired contemporary designers, he's forced to wonder why this part of the world is so rich in gardening glories, and how we can care for this massive horticultural heritage.
Welcome to Ohio and the annual Ferret Buckeye Bash: the largest and most popular ferret show in the country where hundreds of top breeders, seasoned experts and ferret enthusiasts pamper and parade their pets in a quest for prizes and prestige.
The Pursuit Of Excellence is a series of four films that reveal the ambition, the determination and the passion of those who pursue excellence in slightly unconventional fields. The films unearth a better understanding of each activity - as unusual as some of them are - and build to a suspenseful conclusion on the floor of the competition arena. The featured characters are diverse in background, but warmly endearing and sympathetic - people consumed by passion with strong ambitions in their individual quest.
A landmark documentary reveals a very inconvenient truth about education. This film looks at whether the current UK education system gives young people enough opportunity to develop their talents. How much are children being failed by a system that was created at the time of the industrial revolution?
This refreshing series is about something we've all thought about at one point in our lives - "if only" we'd done or said something else, things may have turned out differently. It features people telling their personal stories about an event or decision in their past that they now regret.
What can the onset of the Great Depression tell us about our current financial crisis? As It Happened: 1929 The Wall Street Crash explores the causes of the 1929 Wall Street Crash. Over six terrifying, desperate days in October 1929, shares crashed by a third on the New York Stock Exchange. More than $25 billion in individual wealth was lost. Later, three thousand banks failed, taking people's savings with them. Surviving eyewitnesses describe the biggest financial catastrophe in history.
We go on a journey of personal discovery as a diverse range of nine compelling adults reflect on themselves as children, sharing the 'spark' moments and epiphanies that changed their lives - and motivated rewarding careers.
Marking Canada's National Aboriginal Day, NITV is showcasing a range of dedicated programming throughout June. For many in the Far North, the local radio station is a vital source of information, entertainment and companionship. From wolf sightings to bingo games, the talent behind the community-run CBQM radio station embodies the heart of the Teetl'it Gwitch'in community of Fort McPherson, NWT. This gentle documentary goes behind the scenes of the "Biggest Little Radio Station in the North" to reveal a loving portrait of small-town life.
In 1964 fourteen children were interviewed for the documentary, 7 Up. All of these children were seven years old and from completely different backgrounds. The basic premise was to examine the Jesuit theory, "Give me a child until he is 7, and I will show you the man." Is a person's fate sealed at birth? Every seven years after that acclaimed director Michael Apted returned to those children to chart their progress through life. In so doing, Apted has created the longest running real-life documentary ever made.
A factual series that offers a glimpse at the changing face of South Africa through the eyes of a group of children from age seven to 21. From drugs to religion and their hopes and aspiration's for the future, the innocence and honesty shines through.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson explores what drives extraordinary acts of bravery with his guest, Keith Payne. Payne is a former army officer who belongs to an elite group. He is one of only two living Australians to have been awarded the Victoria Cross, Australia's highest decoration for gallantry 'in the face of the enemy'.
Thompson's first guest for 2010 is Jesse Martin. In 1999 Martin made headlines when, as a teenager, he became the youngest person to sail around the globe solo, non-stop, and unassisted. Now ten years later he's off on a new adventure, but it's not all going to plan!
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.
Choirmaster Jonathon Welch continues his unique brand of music making with a group of women prisoners in Tarrengower Prison in regional Victoria. Each week he takes the women through musical exercises, drills, singing and even some dance moves with his ever-changing group. Consistency is hard because the prisoners come and go.
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Bullying sucks whether it is online, at school or in a workplace, there is no space for it in our lives. Find more about bullying experiences and how to combat issues related to bullying in this playlist.
There is no space for bullying, whether it is in the playground, classroom or online. No way! View this collection, which deals with all aspects of bullying and how it can be prevented. (ACPPS074,VCHPEP092,VCHPEP109)
Space inspires our greatest scientific and creative minds. Take to the stars with NASA, or hop aboard Millennium Falcon in the best of space fact and fiction. (ACSSU188,ACSSU189,VCSSU127,VCSSU128,VCSSU129)
On April 27, 1994, millions of first-time voters cast their ballots in South Africa's first free elections, ushering in the presidency of Mandela. Learn about the enormous change from those who lived it.