As Melbourne struggles with increased youth crime, one particular group have fallen under the spotlight. The so-called Apex have captured the attention of the media, the police, and the imagination of the public, but who are they? Are they a serious threat or just a bunch of kids demonised out of proportion to their activities? This documentary seeks to look beyond the media hype at a community under intense scrutiny. Working closely with the South Sudanese community, this documentary goes to the heart of what it takes to make a multicultural society and gives pause to those who have forged a view of migrant communities based on stereotypes by separating myth from reality.
The new series of Struggle Street offers a raw and unflinching portrayal of struggle and hardship in Australia. In episode one, we meet Australians from diverse backgrounds facing a range of challenges, from unemployment to addiction and a lack of housing. Single mother Norma is facing homelessness and Kiwi shelter residents Jarrod and Sharon battle to overcome addiction.
Michael finds himself at war with his brother as they try to deal with their mother's will and Allan is trying to get his new landscaping business up and running - but it's one step forward and two steps back as he battles bureaucracy and his creditors chasing unpaid loans. In Brisbane's south-west, Jarrod and Sharon are at breaking point as they battle to stay clean from drugs and keep their family together.
Jarrod and his two eldest children find themselves on the streets and struggle to get emergency assistance. Nearby, Sue is battling housing authorities as she attempts to find alternative accommodation, and mother and daughter Michelle and Jess are coming to terms with life on the poverty line. Michelle has had to leave her job to care for daughter Jess, who suffers a rare genetic disorder - and it seems their financial plight means even a wheelchair is out of their reach.
In the final episode of Struggle Street, Michael has a financial windfall and decides to indulge his passion. Indigenous couple Josh and Monica have been sleeping rough after Josh was released from jail and struggle to find anyone who'll rent them a home. Meanwhile, Jess finds a welcome escape in art. Her painting of a pet canary has just been entered into a local art show - so can a small victory mean big changes for her and mother Michelle?