To Russia, With Love: The Great Radio War tells the story of the Cold War from a most unusual perspective: Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty: a radio station for the countries behind the Iron Curtain.
From The Cold War and onwards, American cinema has told stories which identify a collective fear of invasion, nuclear destruction and invasive political ideologies. From War of the Worlds through to Alien and Independence Day, directors have reflected this paranoia back to a receptive public. Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, James Cameron and Roland Emmerich provide some of their personal experiences, while the program puts the films in historical, social and political context.
Dancing With Dictators is a documentary about the struggle for control of MCM, the only media company in Burma with any foreign investment. Australian Ross Dunkley started and owns 49 percent of Burma's leading newspaper The Myanmar Times. The paper comes out weekly in both Burmese and English and like all media in the country it is heavily censored. What sort of journalist owns a newspaper in one of the most repressive countries on earth?
Mandy has become a staple on our TV screens in recent years, and this is her first extended interview. After an unforgettable portrayal as Kerry Packer's downtrodden secretary, Rose, in Howzat, Mandy continued to garner glowing reviews for her performances in Magazine Wars, Love Child and House of Hancock where she played Gina Rinehart.
This film takes place during the early days of broadcast journalism in 1950s America. It chronicles the real-life conflict between television newsman Edward R Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee. With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, Murrow and his dedicated staff - headed by his producer Fred Friendly and Joe Wershba in the CBS newsroom - defy corporate and sponsorship pressures to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his communist 'witch-hunts'. A very public feud develops when the senator responds by accusing the anchor of being a communist. In this climate of fear and reprisal, the CBS crew carries on and their tenacity will prove historic and monumental.