Melbourne training guru Craig Michael runs a Back to Work course designed specifically to help troubled individuals develop their talents, find jobs and stick with them. His course is demanding of its participants, preparing them for the harsh realities and expectations of the world at work. The series follows the progress and subsequent transformation of a range of individuals enduring his training course as they strive towards success and achieving their life changing goals.
In February 2012 the feminist art collective Pussy Riot performed a 40 second 'punk prayer' inside Russia's main cathedral. This performance led to their arrest on charges of religious hatred and culminated in a trial that has reverberated around the world and transformed the face of Russian society forever. With unparalleled access and exclusive footage, this film tells the incredible story of three young women behind their now famous colourful balaclavas: Nadia, Masha and Katia.
I AM, a prismatic and probing exploration of our world, what's wrong with it, and what we can do to make it better, represents Tom Shadyac's first foray into non-fiction following a career as one of Hollywood's leading comedy practitioners, with such successful titles as Ace Ventura and Liar Liar to his credit. I AM recounts what happened to the filmmaker after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged a changed man.
"We all get dressed for Bill," says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. The 'Bill' in question is the 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this bike riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirees for the Times Style section in his columns 'On the Street' and 'Evening Hours.'
This documentary, filmed over two years, follows the daily chaos and drama of a group of homeless kids who have found solace and family at Oasis, a youth refuge run by Salvation Army Captain Paul Moulds. Screening during National Youth Week 2008, The Oasis: Australia's Homeless Youth with Tony Jones is a heartbreaking yet uplifting tale about a man who, with his wife Robbin, has dedicated his life to saving kids on the street who have no-one else to turn to.
Multi award-winning psychological illusionist Derren Brown returns to SBS 2 for this amazing and magical special. Hero at 30,000 Feet takes an 'average Joe' on an extraordinary psychological journey which will culminate with him facing a life-changing decision of whether to take control of a Boeing 737 packed with passengers, which he believes is about to fall out of the sky.
Rio de Janeiro, famous for its lifestyle and beauty as much for its violence, has initiated a unique experiment: A "pacification process" in the favelas was launched in 2008 with the goal of improving city security in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. This documentary looks at the effectiveness of the program, how resident's feel about it, and the additional problems it has created.
In a small, remote mountain-top primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school. He is Maruge (Oliver Litondo), an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life. He fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance of an education so long denied - even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds.
Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog turns a keen and understanding eye to the fates of two men on Texas' death row who destroyed their lives, and those of others, by a senseless triple murder. He gazes into the abyss of the human soul as he lets the two - one of whom will be executed eight days after the interview - sketch their version of the events.
An Emmy Award-winning series about a six-month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz. The men and women of the USS Nimitz live beneath the runway of a major airport. They sleep on the roof of a nuclear power plant. It's a perilous environment. Their only bulwark against danger and chaos is to bond with their units on board the ship.
The USS Nimitz's location and itinerary are classified. Many aspects of life on a nuclear aircraft carrier are hush-hush. Dating and sex aboard ship are strictly forbidden, but with 5,000 people on board, it's a case of 'don't ask, don't tell'. When the Nimitz pulls into Hong Kong for a four-day port call, a scandal dramatically alters the lives of two sailors.
Beyond Our Ken is a compelling documentary giving a rare glimpse into the controversial Australian training organisation KENJA Communications. KENJA promotes itself as a personal "self empowerment organisation", but throughout its 25 year history it has frequently defended itself against claims, by the families of attendees and the Australian media, that it is a "secretive cult" practicing a "hypnotic form of mind control". There have been allegations of sexual abuse from former attendees and the much publicised story of Cornelia Rau has also been linked to KENJA. In 2006 Ken Dyers and Jan Hamilton allowed a film crew unprecedented access to the "spiritual evolvement centre" they founded in 1982. Interviews with past and present attendees detail their experiences of the organisation, while Ken and Jan candidly discuss their lives and motivations for establishing the centre.
Vanity Fair special correspondent Dominick Dunne has become known the world over for his vociferous championing of the rights of the victim in high-profile murder cases. His powerful commentaries have made compelling reading in Vanity Fair for a quarter of a century. Now aged 82, Dunne is covering his last murder trial for Vanity Fair - the trial of music producer Phil Spector - and reflects upon his past as a decorated World War II veteran, his rise and spectacular collapse as a Hollywood producer, and his rebirth as the writer we know today. Dunne's mind offers a fascinating insight into the American psyche and its obsession with fame.
In Calcutta, 20 thousand feet are running, all barefoot. They are rickshaw pullers. For one of them, Shallim, an old and tired rickshaw has been his only means of hope. He's run endless miles with it to save up money to buy an auto rickshaw, that will realise his dream: a house for his family.
Lifestyle journalist Kate Spicer is 39, single and - like many women - not 100% happy with her appearance. She's always been sceptical about the beauty industry but now, as she approaches her forties, she's contemplating action. This film follows Kate as she immerses herself in the wide range of bizarre, radical and invasive procedures now on offer to normal women willing to undergo a gruelling quest for exquisite, youthful looks. Just how far is Kate willing to go? And will it be worth it?
It's the first full week of life in the wilderness and the therapy gets well and truly underway. The course is deliberately designed to be physically tough. Only when the camp sees the family dysfunction in action will staff know what they are working with. The usual routine of hiking and camping is added to with a unique therapeutic tool: llamas. As pack animals they are stubborn, unruly and a law unto themselves, not too dissimilar to defiant teens in fact!
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.
Tonight, men reveal the different sorts of regeneration that can come with maturity. They discuss reaching a stage where self knowledge is a key factor in dealing with mortality and getting the most out of the life that's left. The program covers mid-life crises, men's groups, fathering the second time around and flagging sexual potency.
When your child turns into a teenage brat, who exactly is responsible and how can you, as parents, help to turn things around? Rather than just sending them off to the American wilderness to fix their out of control behaviour, in Family Brat Camp the parents go too. And in this first episode living and sleeping in the wilderness comes as a major shock, not only for the brats, but for the parents as well.
Lawrence always wanted to be the best in the world. He always wanted to set a world record. At something. At anything. What world record can he set? Well, as a child he was a classic nerd and wasn't very good at sport. But he was pretty good at the Rubik's Cube. In fact, he still has a shrine to the Hungarian inventor Erno Rubik in his bedroom.
John has forever wanted to go out with non-Jewish girls, but he always suspected that his mother wasn't into it. As John's mum, Gitla, died unexpectedly several years ago, it's impossible to know what she truly thought. Or is it?
This week, Lawrence's quest is to be a rock star. When he was a child he was kicked out of his school band. He was a musical maverick, but now is his chance to make it happen. In setting about creating an image, Lawrence first learns some rock moves from You Am I rock god Tim Rogers, like the windmill, and making love to the audience.
In tonight's episode, the remaining four girls have to pair up with professional male models and create a sense of intimacy in their photo shoot. And one of the girls feels constrained by her disability when undertaking a shoot for a commercial. With only three of them going through to the final week, continuing in the competition depends on the pictures they can produce.
This program is the result of a series of community projects run by Big Hart, a non-profit organisation. From 1998 to 2004 over 500 young people were asked to tell stories about when they felt 'not at home'. The projects were designed to give people who often go unheard a chance to tell their stories. Stories of Dreams deals with issues of access to education and opportunity when you are black, a woman or a refugee.
An entertaining and candid look at the seduction of the lottery and what hitting the jackpot does to the winners. Oscar-nominated director Jeffrey Blitz criss-crosses the country to see what happened to the not-always-lucky few whose dreams came true, learning that winners' lives can be turned upside down when they are forced to grapple with their new status in the world. He found that many are simply unprepared to deal with their new-found wealth.
Heidi Fleiss has a dream; to open the first legal brothel in the United States servicing only women - but not if her neighbours have any say in it. This film follows Heidi as she embarks on her attempt to open the first legal brothel for female clients in the tiny desert town of Crystal, Nevada. But as a convicted felon, Fleiss encounters opposition from local authorities and a consortium of all-male brothel owners, as well as the uncloaked ire of Miss Kathy, a bar owner who envies her purchase of a sought after piece of land.
Twenty years ago, Aussie battler Brian Cox was a street derelict drinking aftershave, methylated spirits, or anything that would get him drunk. But these days Coxy is a man on a mission. Through some kind of miracle he got sober and has since dedicated his life to getting Melbourne's most chronic alcoholics to do the same. At a time when binge drinking is on the rise, this program goes inside his unique rehab to meet the people he helps, and follow them and Coxy on the road to recovery. Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
In the final episode of the series, Pria looks at the shallowness and permissiveness of modern society, with a loss of traditional values, morals and structure. Several individuals including Petrea King, Dr David Tracey and Pastor Brian Houston discuss how Australian society has been affected by this lack of faith.
Fourteen years after fleeing Iraq, Melbourne-based filmmaker Hadi Mahood returns to his hometown of Samawa city in southern Iraq. In the tumultuous months between the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime and the installation of a new government, he filmed the daily lives of ordinary people eking out a living. He discovers not only a city struggling to rebuild its infrastructure but a people attempting to overcome the mental sabotage of Saddam's regime as well as the recent war of liberation.
Lawrence's parents always wanted him to be a doctor. He comes from a family of high achievers. Despite not being a doctor, he's happy. He is a stand -up comedian who has travelled the world, entertained people and had a good time. Maybe it's time to see what it's like though, to be the person his parents always wanted him to be.
Bitterly, John recalls his adolescence, and a Jewish summer camp at which he was mortifyingly rebuffed by a love interest. Still not over it, dejected John seeks solace again in Henry Makow's book on Asian love. Makow claims that Asian women judge a man by his heart, not by his looks. John is heartened by this tidbit. To check if it's true, he dons an elephant man costume and jets off to Thailand to see if his luck in love will improve outside of Jewtown 3183.
Robyn Archer has gone from a Housing Commission suburb of Adelaide to the Festival Hall in London. As a cabaret singer, she mixes high art with low culture. As a child with chronic asthma, she faced death, and dosed up on adrenaline. As a committed feminist lesbian, she credits the men in her life with creating her career opportunities. Robyn Archer believes in saying yes to everything.
Pope Benedict made history when he announced his resignation, becoming the first Pope to step down voluntarily in six hundred years. In his wake he left a bitterly divided Vatican mired in scandals. But is Benedict's successor, Pope Francis, taming the forces that helped destroy Benedict's papacy? Is he succeeding in lifting the Church out of crisis Secrets of the Vatican goes inside the Vatican - one of the world's most revered and mysterious institutions - to unravel the remarkable series of events that led to the resignation that shook the world.
If Paris is the city of picturesque romance, then New York is the city of everyday love and everything that entails. This program presents the various stages of love: First Love, Getting Married, Starting a Family, Starting Over and Lasting Love. The five relationships featured in this film, all at different stages of love, are as diverse as the city itself.
In December 2005, riots broke out at Sydney's Cronulla Beach. Racial tension turned to disturbing scenes of mob violence - police and ambulance officers were attacked, people were bashed in the street, cars were vandalised, shop windows were smashed. From as far as the other side of the world, this was an Australia people weren't used to seeing. At the height of the riots Ali Ammar, a 16-year-old Muslim-Australian boy, climbed atop an RSL Club and tore the Australian flag down from its pole, throwing it to his mates, who then spat on it before setting it ablaze.
This special two-part movie illuminates the epidemic of child sexual abuse on Native American reservations and the growing scandal of some tribes' failure to protect those children. Acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland creates a portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota's Spirit Lake Reservation. Sutherland follows Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education, and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.
The day after London won the Olympic bid, terrorists attacked the public transport network killing 52 people and injuring over 700. As we approach the 10th anniversary, this film gathers the testimony of over 50 people directly affected by the bombings, exploring the long lasting effects as they reflect on their experiences and how their lives have changed.
What exactly is going through your partner's brain during and after sex? This sexy new show on SBS 2 reveals the fascinating truths and hidden thoughts of real-life couples' sex lives. Sex is integral to all our lives, it's one of the strongest human drives. The majority of people have sex or think about having sex - often both. But few of us talk about it openly and honestly to those that matter most: to our partners and to young people.
Now that the families are attuned to the wilderness, it's time for them to resolve some of the dynamics that have led them down the path of destruction. Continuing in their separate groups, the mums, dads and teenagers struggle to get along.
Silesia, a coal mining industrial region in Poland, is troubled with a high unemployment rate. For some of the 17 to 18 year old girls that live here, a local modelling agency that provides models for erotic photography and erotic dancing is the first job for many of the girls in this town. Hoping to end up in the world of fashion, many instead find themselves working in the porn industry or as prostitutes within a brothel.
This episode explores the red light district of Bangkok, and the women who work in its clubs and bars. For many of these women, the job is also an opportunity for them to find a foreign husband - something which could transform their lives.
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.
Artscape: Making Opera Bliss captures the intense excitement and pressure as Opera Australia prepares to premiere its brand new Australian work, Bliss. Offering insights into the many challenges faced in the creation of a new opera, this documentary presents a rare opportunity to witness a large ensemble cast under Neil Armfield's expert and renowned direction.
In cash-obsessed St Petersburg, how can today's Russian woman be sure she'll snag herself a millionaire? By enrolling in a training school for modern-day gold diggers, of course. Vixen Academy: How to be a Bitch follows students learning the tricks and ruthless ploys they'll need to catch and keep wealthy prey. Their instructor's unorthodox methods and the students' enthusiasm for the curriculum form a shocking window into a new breed of emancipated women.
Eight successful British business leaders have been challenged by leading development agency World Vision to improve the living standards of a remote Ugandan farming community. With a combined fortune of more than $1,301,102 billion (600 million pounds) and expertise ranging from construction to marketing, they will need to use their business skills to tackle the seemingly intractable issue of poverty.
Premiering on the 10th anniversary of the events of 9/11, Rebirth is a riveting journey into living history - an act of personal witness to one of the most profoundly consequential events in American history and the healing that has come in its wake. How does the journey of grieving and recovery unfold for individuals and a nation? Rebirth chronicles the lives of five people profoundly affected by the 9/11 attacks.
In 1960, Cuban photographer Alberto Korda captured a photo of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara during a mass funeral. History conspired to enable this dynamic portrait to explode on the world scene in 1968 throughout Europe and Latin America, when it became an international symbol of protest and dissent. In the last decade, with the establishment of the Internet, the image has once again travelled the globe in many forms. From protest to commerce, it is constantly transformed and reinvented. It is considered to be the most reproduced image in the history of photography.
Burt's Cosmo centrefold. The Stonewall Riots. Leather men. Drag queens and oh so much more. It's the Age of Anything Goes, the decade of the greatest sex experimentation, activism and sex marketing in history. Tonight's episode looks at sex in the 70s.
Twenty children discover what life would be like if they all lived together without parents for a fortnight. The boys and girls set up home in two different camps and face their biggest test learning to live with the opposite sex.
Tattoo artist and activist Grace Neutral explores global tattoo scenes, from cultures where body art is seen as an act of defiance to those where it's used to record identity, memory and even punishment. From the country's underground tattoo scene to the mainstream influences of K-pop, gang culture and plastic surgery, Grace explores how younger generations are challenging traditional views around body image in South Korea.
Sam Neill examines the enduring myths of the Anzac legend, sharing his family's war stories and uncovering forgotten truths that haunt us still today. From the Gallipoli Peninsula back to the Otago Peninsula, New Zealand, where he grew up; across the Tasman to Australia where he has lived for 35 years; and over to the killing fields of Belgium, France, Crete and Italy, Sam Neill probes why New Zealand and Australia are bound by the blood shed during a century of warfare.
France and Thomas are two young journalists. Each of them is looking for love and is trying to find it through a famous mobile application, Tinder. Tinder allows people with a smartphone to get in touch with each other and eventually meet. More than a simple app, it has become very popular amongst young people. The documentary follows France and Thomas in their quest for the perfect partner. Will they manage to find 'the one'? And what does their experience tell about modern seduction games?
On November 28, 1979, an Air New Zealand jet with 257 passengers went missing during a sightseeing tour over Antarctica. Eleven police officers were called to duty to face the formidable Mount Erebus. As they recovered the victims, an investigation team tried to uncover the mystery of how a jet could fly into a mountain in broad daylight. Did the airline have a secret it wanted to bury? This documentary tells the story of four officers who went to Antarctica as part of the recovery police operation. For the first time an Air New Zealand senior staff member provides the inside story of the airline that was accused of one of the largest corporate cover-ups in New Zealand's history. Set in the beautiful yet hostile environment of Antarctica, this is an emotional and compelling true story.
Elena Kats-Chernin was born in the USSR where her musical talent was discovered and first nurtured. She and her family eventually migrated to Australia where she studied piano and composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. After further studies in Germany she began to discover her own unique voice, a combination of modernism and the tonal music that springs from her Russian roots. Today she is considered one of Australia's most intriguing and creative composers.
A heart-warming, funny and surprising documentary about city life, seen through the eyes of taxi drivers. Courtesy Taxis is one of the biggest taxi firms in Norwich and there's never a dull moment. On the weekends, the taxi office's waiting room is full of clubbers looking for somewhere warm to eat their late night kebab. During the week, Courtesy Taxis hosts all sorts of different characters. A mini-rig of fixed cameras in both the minicab office and within the taxis themselves gives never-before-seen access to customers, following the story and journey seamlessly.
In Papua New Guinea's remote Western Province the landowners are in a complex struggle with a multinational over their rights and environment. BHP has dumped billions of tonnes of tailings from their Ok Tedi copper mine into Papua New Guinea's largest river system since 1987. In 2001, landowners enlist the support of Australian lawyers to pressure the mine to clean up the mine waste. However the legal process took a dramatic turn when BHP decides to 'exit' the mine. In this story of greed and corruption, this powerful documentary explores the damage done to health, land and lives of the Papuan people by the Ok Tedi copper mine.
Throughout the show Derren takes the audience on a journey of psychological persuasion, lie-detection, scepticism, and subliminal imagery. One of his many unexplainable tricks involves cutting the oxygen off to his brain and walking bare foot along real glass without feeling pain or bleeding.
Winner of eight AFI awards including Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Lead Actress; and five IF awards, Home Song Stories tells the true story of Rose (Joan Chen), a glamorous nightclub singer from Shanghai who marries an Australian sailor and migrates with her young son and daughter to Melbourne.
This week's Sunday Best film profiles a controversial clinic in rural India where local women act as surrogates for childless Western couples...for a fee. he filmmakers gained unprecedented access to the clinic run by Dr Nayna Patel. The last chance for many who dream of being parents, Dr Patel's centre is home for up to 80 surrogate mothers, who spend their entire pregnancies living away from home.
On the 12th anniversary of her abduction (2 March 1998) and imprisonment in a secret dungeon, Natascha Kampusch tells her story. Two years before the arrest of Josef Fritzl in 2008 for imprisoning and sexually abusing his daughter, the world reeled from news that an 18-year old girl had been kept captive in a cellar in Austria since age ten before making her escape. Her captor Wolfgang Priklopil committed suicide shortly after.
In 2006, Matt VanDyke, a timid 28-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, left his hometown of Baltimore, to set off on a self-described 'crash course in manhood'. He bought a motorcycle and a video camera and began a three-year, 35,000 mile motorcycle trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East. While travelling, he struck up an unlikely friendship with a Libyan hippie, and when revolution broke out in Libya, Matt joined his friend in the fight against dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
The Knights claim to be the biggest wrestling bloodline in the world. With a moral code of their own, this family pack a real punch, often at each other. They 'live, eat and breathe wrestling' while running the 'World Association of Wrestling' from their council house in suburban Norfolk. With tough personal histories fuelling their drive, wrestling has always kept them together, although it is now threatening to tear them apart.
The shootings at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 ended thirteen lives and shattered countless others. But while the tragic events of that day were well documented, the stories of the families who lost loved ones and struggled to build new lives have yet to be told. Bound forever by unimaginable circumstances, these thirteen families lived through the same tragedy, yet each has dealt with the aftermath in their own way and each has a different story of how their lives have changed.