When homeless wayfarer John Keegan, originally from Scotland, crossed paths with notorious Sydney street-dweller Carl "Mr" Mackie it was the start of a beautiful friendship. Tough, pitiless Carl took a liking to friendly John and showed him the ropes of life on the streets. For nearly a decade, Carl and John met daily to share conversation, company, and countless casks of wine.
This three-part documentary series sees five men from Tanna, a remote tribal island in Vanuatu, leave their island and visit the UK for the first time to experience the British way of life. For years anthropologists have travelled to the South Pacific to live with the local tribespeople and observe their traditional way of life. But in this series, traditional anthropology is turned on its head as the five tribesmen travel from their village to experience life in the UK.
The story of the Panthers, a rugby league club located in the bustling multicultural Sydney suburb of La Perouse. The La Perouse Panthers have a long standing tradition as a successful football club in all age groups, dominating the local south Sydney Rugby league competition and the New South Wales Aboriginal knockout. They have always been considered the team to beat for many generations, and pride and emotions always run high. Through the La Perouse Panthers many racial barriers have been broken down.
This one-hour film, by Liz Mermin, tracks a unique development project that began in the summer of 2004 when a group of volunteer American hairstylists, financed by the beauty industry, arrived in Afghanistan to open a beauty school.
He's black, from the poor side of Nowra, the youngest of 13 and a football genius; she's white, from comfortable Shoalhaven, her parents' only darling girl, keen on horses and singing country music. They were both 16 when Leona got pregnant. No one thought they'd last. But 32 year-old Andrew Walker, former rugby league and union star, and Leona his wife, business partner and ferocious advocate, have survived a rollercoaster relationship of 18 years.
When is it time to hang up your boxing gloves and call it a day? In the inspirational documentary Fighting Chance, a 42-year old Bosnian refugee will battle the odds in order to represent Australia and claim a World Boxing Championship title.
Welcome to The Agony of New Year's Eve in which we celebrate the most problematic night on the calendar. The hope is that it'll be the best night of the year, but there's every chance that it'll be the worst of your life.
Edward Nino Hernandez is one of the shortest men on earth at just 27 inches tall. For most of his 24 years his tiny body has been a big problem. This warm, humane film explores the extraordinary challenges of negotiating the world as an adult male who is the same size as a six month old baby.
Love's Harvest is a series of four half-hour beautiful and intimate stories about organic farmers. Each episode portrays the experiences of couples and families toiling hard for their belief in organic goodness and the love and life it provides.
For Carla and Anne-Marie, women and goats go together but a long drought takes its toll on their cherished goat herd. Carla and Anne-Marie are known for their delectable goat's cheese. It's the reward for ditching their teaching jobs and taking the plunge to farm organic goats on rolling granite country in Central Victoria.
Strong willed, educated and forthright Indian-Australian Ramona Dhillon was 27 when she fell head-over-heels in love with Anurag Saboo, the eldest son of one of Rajasthan's wealthiest merchant families. When she decided to marry him secretly at a Melbourne registry office, neither of their families were impressed, and Anu and Ramona were soon to find they had walked headlong into an epic clash of cultures.
Mohsen was an asylum seeker going mad in detention until Suzanne Tsannes took his case all the way to the High Court. Suzanne, 62, is a psychotherapist who is married with two adult children. Mohsen, 33, is an Iranian poet who two years ago was granted refugee status after four years in detention. Suzanne met Mohsen at Villawood Detention Centre in 2001 and theirs is the story of one person's crusade for another's freedom, justice and sanity.
After Rashiq's father fled Iran, he was held in detention in Australia for six years. It then took another three years for the family to be granted visas. Rashiq, being the oldest of four children bore much of the responsibility of raising the family during the separation from his father. Now as a teenager, recently arrived in Australia, he is determined to define and live a freedom that he has been unable to experience before.
Australia's most brilliant young pianist, Simon Tedeschi, was first placed in front of a keyboard at eighteen months by his grandmother Lucy Gershwin, a Holocaust survivor. Their relationship is a story about music, the Holocaust and the true nature of inheritance.
Discover how the most innocuous objects from daily life - the bicycle, underwear, nutmeg - have all been instrumental in building empires, sparking social revolutions and sometimes been just plain fun.
When a cross-section of British seven-year-olds were interviewed for 7 Up in 1964, it was evident that their social backgrounds influenced their attitudes towards life. While the upper class children were self-assured, those from middle and working class backgrounds were resigned to a life of hard work. This premise was put to the test every seven years when the same group were interviewed about the state of their lives. Now, at the age of 56, the group are once more brought together to assess whether their lives have been ruled by circumstances or self-determination.
Dinner parties can be minefields for adults. But what would happen if all the dinner party guests were aged around 11 years old? All is revealed when a group of 11 year olds have a dinner party and discuss everything from family to politics in this thought-provoking insight into what's important to today's young people.
Age Gap Love, follows couples from across the UK and the US who are determined to prove that mileage on the clock is no barrier to real romance - despite suffering judgement and backlash from friends and family.
In his final journey to explore what our taste says about us, Perry lives amongst the upper classes of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire where he meets The Marquess of Bath and Longleat and bohemian Detmar Blow.
About Women lifts the lid on Australian women's lives, post-feminism. This landmark series is a reflection of our times as women of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances open up about what really matters to them. We meet them at a time of uncertainty for some, a turning point for others and for a lucky few, a time of accomplishment and happiness. Starting with menstruation and the painful uncertainties of youth, moving through the 'productive' years of career and/or parenting, to the postmenopausal twilight years without a rocking chair in sight, About Women makes a powerful contribution to our understanding of what it is to be female in 21st century Australia.
My Mum Talks To Aliens is an intriguing documentary that follows a mother and son on a journey of discovery, as they travel the country in pursuit of solid evidence of an alien presence here on Earth. There is one issue that is driving a wedge between mother and son - Mary and Chris Rodwell - the existence of extraterrestrial life. Chris is a self-confessed alien sceptic, whilst his mum Mary is a leading global authority on the subject. But her beliefs have come at a cost, her husband left and it is now impacting on her relationship with Chris. Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
Lost In Wonderland is a humorous yet surprisingly moving documentary about one of New Zealand's great eccentrics, a flamboyant cross-dressing lawyer. Rob Moodie has fought all his life for difficult or alternative causes, taking on courts, corporations, and governments. This is a story about his life and times, his unusual take on masculinity, and an epic legal case on which he staked his reputation and career.
Barrie, 75, and his son Nigel, 51, haven't seen each other in over 40 years. After Barrie's marriage to Nigel's mother ended, he was so heartbroken he didn't reach out. He now wants a relationship with his son. Jac attempted to meet her biological father, Gerry, when she was a teenager, but he let her down. She finally met him when she was in her 30s, and although they connected instantly, they're yet to forge a strong relationship. Jac wants Gerry to meet her own kids and be truly present in her life. High school sweethearts Sam and Tina ended their relationship six years ago. Sam has never explained his decision to end their relationship or the truth about his sexuality as a bisexual man. Sam wants to put their friendship back on track.
In a social experiment based on the study of neuroscientists, this episode hosted by Ray Martin features Daley and his father Steven, who have drifted apart over the years; sisters Meagan and Rebecca who had a falling out on a cruise and haven't spoken since; and old school friends Zach and Lauren, who disappeared from each other's lives.
In the final episode of My Year 12 Life the cast has left high school behind and have become young adults. They reveal what life is like post-year 12 and what effect their ATAR result has had on their future.
Narrated by Eddie Perfect, with insights from psychologist Charlotte Keating, explore the major themes experienced by the 16 Australian students and their parents as they adjust to high school. Title also stylised as My Year Seven Life. Study guide available at http://bit.ly/myyear7lifeguide.
Last year some 80,000 people in the UK listed their property on room bookings site Airbnb. While the majority of its millions of users have positive experiences, Airbnb: Dream or Nightmare? also reveals what can go wrong.
When a cross-section of seven year olds were interviewed for 7 Up in 1964, it was immediately evident that their social backgrounds influenced their attitudes towards life. Now, at the age of 56, the group are once more brought together and, with the benefit of hindsight, assess whether their lives have been ruled by circumstances or self-determination.
The Brasilian crash course continues as Sam travels to Sao Paolo and Salvador. In Brasil's largest city Sao Paolo, he spends a day high flying with local model-turned business mogul millionaire Cozete Gomes, whose preferred mode of transport is private helicopter.
This week Enough Rope goes 'On the Road' to the north-west Victorian town of Rainbow (population about 550), which lies in wheat and sheep country on the edge of the Mallee (desert country). Scratch the surface and even a small town like Rainbow reveals a cast of characters.
There was this mystical thing, many years ago, called playtime. Children did it. They played with cardboard boxes that transported them to the jungle, fell out of trees and wore plaster casts for other kids to write their names on. Today the modern parent carts the kids from activity to activity with the co-ordinated skill of a cab driver. But this is no cheery cabbie. This is a helpless parent determined to do everything between school and bedtime to keep their kids from the TV and computer games. With every other parent doing everything available, you've got to keep up.
What does it mean to be Mormon? What values do they believe in? How do they party? More importantly, how do they look for love? Each year, a throng of over 1,000 single Mormons swarm to Duck, North Carolina, for a weekend of partying without booze and flirting without sex. This is the annual Mormon spring break: 'Mormons Gone Mild'. Young, Morman and Single follows four single Mormons looking for their eternal partner.
This is the incredible true story of a little girl's kidnap, her five year survival alone in the jungle...and the monkeys who saved her. A unique journey from feral child to modern day Grandma now living happily in Bradford, England. Marina Chapman doesn't know her real name or her biological family. She claims that as a child in Colombia she was abducted and abandoned in the jungle, and that she survived by living alone with monkeys for five years.
In episode five, Cherry Healey sets out to discover how money affects people's relationships in a world obsessed with material wealth. Who controls the purse strings in a couple? Can one have too much money? And what happens to love when someone has led the high life and lost it all? What's it like to marry a woman whose father has never said no? She meets a cast of characters, from the haves to the have-nots, to find out whether money can buy love - or if it is more likely to destroy it.
This documentary features players from two of the world's best gay rugby teams; sentimental favourites, San Francisco Fog and feisty upstarts, Sydney Convicts, as they prepare to compete for the 2006 Bingham Cup, in New York City.
Writer and comedian Sharon Horgan is having a 'pre-midlife crisis, crisis'. She meets six women who have gone through a full-blown midlife crisis to find out how they coped and even transformed themselves. Can they make Sharon feel better about her middle age?
On Saturday 29th March 2014, same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales and to mark this historic milestone, you get a front row seat at one of the first gay weddings to take place. But this was to be an extraordinary ceremony in more ways than one. Grooms Benjamin Till and Nathan Taylor wrote and staged their entire wedding as a musical - with sung vows, sung readings and show-stopping ensembles featuring the whole congregation of family, friends and special guests including a heartfelt duet from the grooms' mums.
In this second episode we meet 31-year-old Andreena Bogle-Walton, a single mum who has a serious dilemma: whether to send her ten-year-old daughter Renee to Devon to live with her father, or to keep her in London living with her.