The Clark County Detention Centre is home to first timers and violent offenders - all waiting for their day in court. Whether its cases in court or violations behind bars, some inmates are always trying to beat the system.
Vegas Jail is purgatory. It's where inmates await trial, and worry about their fate. But even in limbo, life goes on - through jailhouse hustles, cat and mouse games with officers, and relationships on the outside.
Season 4 of Hard Time leaves the world of prison behind to go to jail in the most iconic city in America - Vegas. It's a new world filled with new stories, where guilt or innocence hangs in the balance.
The 1990s was a decade of great musical diversity. Genre begat subgenre to appeal to nearly every musical taste. Grunge, alternative and indie rock were dominant. The focus of hip-hop migrated west with gangsta rap. Country music exploded commercially as artists like Garth Brooks and Shania Twain began selling out stadiums and the Nashville Network (TNN) hit the airwaves. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Oasis and the Foo Fighters were among the most influential rock bands of the era. Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow and Lauryn Hill displayed their unique voices in song writing and performance. Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, Notorious BIG and others elevated hip-hop to perhaps the most influential genre of them all.
In 1941, three men reach India from Tibet, having walked 4000 miles after escaping a Siberian gulag. The film tells their story and that of four others who escaped with them and a teenage girl who joins them in flight. They face freezing nights, lack of food and water, mosquitoes, an endless desert, the Himalayas, and moral questions of when to leave someone behind. Starring Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Dragos Bucur.
Sleep all day, party all night - it's fun to be a vampire! A new guy in town falls in with the local baddies, and Sam and his pals the Frog brothers gear up to rescue him because the baddies are bloodsuckers!
In the last episode of the series, True Stories delves into the thriller and Academy award-winning film Silence Of The Lambs. Starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, Silence of the Lambs tells the story of a young ambitious FBI profiler Clarice Starling as she pursues the serial killer Buffalo Bill with the help of convicted cannibal Hannibal Lecter. Examining the two killers from the film, The Silence Of The Lambs - The True Story reveals the real life inspirations for writer Thomas Harris's creations and how their characters came straight from case files.
This episode reveals the shocking true tale of a series of shark attacks that terrorised New Jersey in 1916, and influenced the Peter Benchley blockbuster, Jaws. At the heart of the story is a mystery... is the great white shark a real serial killer? Or has history condemned the wrong culprit?
This episode of The True Story takes a look behind the Oscar-winning film Gladiator. Real gladiators were far more bloody and skilful than anything in the movies and the emperor Commodus was crazier in real life than on film. The True Story reveals the world of the arena - sex, fame, blood, gore - and the fall of an emperor whose obsession with gladiators had a bodycount.
Journalism in times of war has, over the past half century, become an increasingly traumatic and lethal endeavour. Only two journalists were killed in World War I; this in a war that claimed the lives of over 19,000 soldiers in a single day and saw 16 million dead by the end of the war. In World War II, 63 journalists died. By contrast, 120 journalists were killed in the first six years of the Iraq war. The International News Safety Institute now counts 1,397 news media dead in the ten years since 1996 in 105 countries.
Martha (Maxine Peake) has to put her personal feelings aside when she is asked to defend Sean, a close friend from her past. Is she strong enough to ask him the tough questions in order to do her job properly? How close were Martha and Sean when they were young and what are their feelings for each other now?
What if we could explore the vastness of space? Science fiction has always fed upon our need to explore - to wonder what is out there. Space journeys from Jules Verne's earliest ideas about attempts to leave our planet, to Nichelle Nichols revealing how her groundbreaking role as Lt. Uhura in Star Trek led to her participation in the recruitment of NASA's astronauts.
It's not just inmates who are doing time in the Clark County Detention Centre in Las Vegas. Families are sharing a sentence on the outside as they navigate how to communicate, understand and cope with loved ones behind bars.
The Clark County Detention Centre never sleeps. It's a round-the-clock operation, from feeding the inmates to combatting riots, keeping the peace in this small city on lockdown comes down to the officers.
A four-part fictional crime drama set in contemporary Bondi, featuring a stellar cast of Australian actors.
Following the fatal shooting of Rohan (George H. Xanthis), and with an imminent Critical Incident Investigation before them, tensions rise between Tori (Yael Stone) and Nick (Noah Taylor). At the same time another body is found and mobile phone records confirm that the killer is using the victims’ phones and THRUSTR (social networking app) identities to ensnare his next victim.
With evidence that former football legend Christopher Toohey (Ben Oxenbould) has links to the past crimes, Nick and Tori (Yael Stone) go to extraordinary lengths to persuade him to talk… with tragic consequences.
Johnny Carson signed off and Jay and Dave duked it out to see who would sign on. The news became increasingly sensationalised (the OJ Simpson trial) and even tawdry (the Monica Lewinsky scandal). At the end of the decade, HBO hinted at where television was headed with Sex and the City and The Sopranos.
Race relations are a perpetual and prominent part of the American political and cultural conversation, and never more so than in the 1990s. Beginning with the unavoidable racial overtone of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings, the '90s saw a succession of individuals and events - Al Sharpton and the Crown Height riots, Rodney King and the LA riots, OJ Simpson and his murder trial - that exposed how raw race relations in America remained. New York elected its first black mayor (David Dinkins) and Louisiana nearly elected a former Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan as governor (David Duke). LA street gangs exerted cultural influence over music, movies and fashion. Even two of President Bill Clinton's chief legislative achievements, The Crime Bill of 1994 and the Welfare Reform bill of 1996 were laden with racial politics. Progress was made in America's struggle with racial equality but a price was paid.
A factory worker begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led. He soon finds himself a target and on the run.
In the explosive final chapter of the Matrix trilogy, Neo, Morpheus and Trinity battle to defend Zion, the last real-world city, against the onslaught of the machines that have enslaved the human race.
A four-part, fictional crime drama set in contemporary Bondi, featuring a stellar cast of Australian actors. The drama unfolds when Tori Lustigman relocates from the country to her childhood suburb of Bondi with her teenage son Will, to put the past firmly behind her and start life over. Partnered with Detective Nick Manning, they're assigned to investigate the brutal murder of a young man whose mutilated corpse is found in an apartment. Is this brutal murder a domestic, a robbery gone wrong, or something far more sinister?
During their investigation they discover a series of eerily similar cold cases… one of whom may have been her brother, Shane. Much to the frustration of her boss Inspector Peel (William McInnes), Tori digs deeper only to have their current investigation compromised, resulting in a hostage situation and a fatal error of judgement.
It's the hit comedy that started it all, a wickedly offbeat look at law, disorder and justice. As a crime wave sweeps the city and the police department suffers a shortage of officers, the mayor decrees that admission to the Police Academy will be open to any and all applicants. Now the first cadets, a collection of oddballs, eccentrics and misfits will soon be let loose on the streets. That is if they somehow manage to graduate in this worldwide hit comedy that started the series of Police Academy films.
Nora, Masters' prize surrogate, and Lester both have missteps in the protocol, leading to Johnson's overt objection to the program. Libby's birthday approaches and both men in her life try their best to please her and Tessa explores what sex really means to her, having grown up on the fringes of Masters and Johnson's clinic.
It was the sporting scandal that captivated the world and changed the public image of Tiger Woods forever. In this intriguing documentary, journalist Jacques Peretti goes behind the rumours, talking to those close to Tiger to uncover the real story behind his very public fall from grace.
This episode looks at the Hollywood movie, The Hunt For Red October. Based on the best-selling book by Tom Clancy, The Hunt for Red October tells the story of a Russian captain who attempts to defect to the West in a nuclear submarine. The film, starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, was also inspired by an extraordinary incident during the Cold War.
War in Europe is becoming a real possibility. Under pressure from the Cabinet, the British foreign secretary unravels a tangled web of intrigue between Austria, Germany, Russia and France, while the German military command conspires to force the Kaiser's hand. Now it's a question of who will gain the upper hand.
On the barren, windswept Greek island of Lemnos - close enough to Gallipoli to hear the pounding artillery - Matron Grace Wilson (Caroline Craig) and her nurses arrive to no supplies and no hospital. To make matters worse, the conditions on Lemnos are barely fit for living, let alone nursing.
Honouring the centenary of the commencement of WW1, ANZAC Girls is a moving new six-part series based on the unique, and rarely told true stories of Australian and New Zealand nurses serving at Gallipoli and the Western Front. In the first episode, nurses Alice Ross-King, Elsie Cook, Olive Haynes, Hilda Steele and Matron Grace Wilson sign up to do their bit. With hopes of new adventures, challenges and thoughts of finding love and themselves, they are shipped to the other side of the world to serve their country.
After spending days on a crowded troop train, Alice (Georgia Flood), Olive (Anna McGahan), Hilda (Antonia Prebble) and Grace (Caroline Craig) arrive in Rouen, France. The Army are yet to set up an Australian Hospital, so the nurses are sent to work at No 11 British Stationary Hospital.
Season three is set in 1966 when the famed duo Masters and Johnson are dealing with the glare of the national spotlight as their sex study is finally unveiled. It's the start of the Sexual Revolution and Masters and Johnson's work will have a profound impact on contemporary relationships, especially their own evolving three-way 'marriage' with Masters' wife.
In this special episode, Bear returns to meet the men and women who made it through the experiment and sees first-hand how they managed to survive for the past six weeks. He hears their reflections on their time on the island and shares his thoughts on how they have coped with the extremes.
At the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, sooner or later all inmates get their day in court where their guilt or innocence is determined and their lives are forever changed by the verdict they receive.
Ross Correctional Institution houses over 2,000 inmates and is where the hard time begins for many convicted felons. Three young inmates try three different strategies as they confront challenges from the system and from each other.
It is 1958 and Jenny celebrates her birthday with Chummy and the girls. Jenny is concerned about a mum-to-be involved in an abusive marriage, while Trixie and Sister Evangelina find themselves in unusual circumstances on board a Swedish cargo ship looking after the captain's daughter who is about to have her first child.
Ted (Sam Neill) and Lennie (Bryan Brown) tail corrupt cop Rick Duncan (Aaron Jeffrey) but Lennie smashes into the back of Rick's SUV. Rick threatens Lennie with a parole breach, and tells Ted he has to pay the cost of repairs.
Beginning with the stand-offs at Ruby Ridge, Idaho and Waco, Texas, politically inspired violence plagued America throughout the 1990s. CIA headquarters in Virginia and the World Trade Centre in New York were sites of terrorist attacks. The anti-abortion group the Army of God conducted a murderous campaign that included planting a bomb at the 1996 Olympics. The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, terrorised the nation with his lethal mailings. In the worst domestic terrorist attack to date, Timothy McVeigh killed 168 fellow Americans, including 19 children, when he bombed a federal office building in Oklahoma City. In a horrific attempt to copycat this tragedy, two Colorado high school students staged a massacre of their own on the anniversary of both Waco and Oklahoma City. And it was in 1998 that most Americans first learned of Osama bin Laden and his newly formed organisation, Al Qaeda.
In the epic conclusion to the film series, Harry, Ron and Hermione hunt down the last of Voldermort's hidden Horcruxes in the hopes of finally destroying the dark lord, bringing peace to the wizarding world.
Life is full of opportunities to learn new things, no matter what your age. Explore these videos as part of Community Colleges Australia's lifelong learning programs and enrich your knowledge of the world.
Is a movie director's vision more vivid than a child's imagination? Challenge your students to compare what they've read with what they've watched in these film adaptations of classic books for children.
After your secondary students have finished reading their recommended texts, encourage them to "compare and contrast" classic and popular books with their movie adaptations from Australia and Hollywood.