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Mabo - Life of an Island Man
Mabo - Life of an Island Man is the story of a small island and an extraordinary man. Eddie Koiki Mabo was born on Murray Island in the Torres Strait, but lived most of his life in exile. Only after…
Sadness - A Portrait of Photographer William Yang
Award-winning photographer William Yang explores issues of grief, family and identity in this adaptation of his acclaimed stage performance, Sadness. A mesmerising, poetic montage of story telling, photography and stylised reenactment, Sadness brings to life the stories of Yang's family…
Who's Afraid of Designer Babies?
Australia is at the forefront of new genetic technology that will let us "design" our descendants. Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis or PGD allows scientists to screen embryos conceived through IVF. But what is the potential of this technology and who should…
Who Killed Dr Bogle and Mrs Chandler?
At last, an answer to one of the great unsolved cases in crime history. When the half-naked bodies of brilliant physicist, Dr Gilbert Bogle, and his lover, Mrs Margaret Chandler, were found in bizarre circumstances on a Sydney riverbank in…
Who Killed Malcom Smith
At 1.25pm on 29 December 1982, Malcolm Charles Smith, an Aboriginal prisoner in a Sydney gaol, went into a toilet cubicle and locked the door behind him. Half a minute later, a piercing scream came from the cubicle. Officers rushed…
House Gang Series 1
An Australian sitcom that shoots from the hip but is straight from the heart. Irreverent and frequently riotous, House Gang is about learning to live together. Trev, Belinda and Robert are three flamboyant and strong-willed young people with intellectual disabilities.…
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Life at 1
How do you give a child the best chance in life? Life at 1 is the first instalment in a landmark series that aims to unlock the secrets of child development by following 11 babies and their families for seven…
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Rats in the Ranks
Politics is a bruising business. The best policies in the world mean nothing unless you've got the numbers. This film takes a behind-locked-doors look at how politicians get the numbers. Every September Sydney's Leichhardt Council elects its mayor. Incumbent Larry…
Cane Toads - An Unnatural History
Cane Toads exposes one of the most bizarre biological blunders of all time. In 1935, in a strategic operation designed to save the nation's sugar cane crop from destruction by the greyback beetle, the Queensland Government imported a sackload of…
Life at 3
The story continues for the children of The Life Series --now they are three--as they reveal what it takes to give a child the best chance at life. Over two episodes Life at 3 measures our group of children against…
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Cunnamulla
Cunnamulla , 800 kilometres west of Brisbane, is the end of the railway line. In the months leading up to a scorching Christmas in the bush, there's a lot more going on than the annual lizard race. Arthur patrols the…
The Australian Experience: Populate or Perish
Part of the Series: The Australian Experience
Europeans declared Australia terra nullius - an empty land. This lie enabled them to take possession of land occupied for thousands of years by Aboriginal people, yet the number of whites in Australia remained small until after the Second World…
Bombora - The Story of Australian Surfing
A definitive history of surfing in Australia, Bombora tells the story of Australian beach culture through our surfing champions, writers, pioneers, entrepreneurs, mavericks, legends, drop-outs and drop-ins. The two-part series follows the rise of surfing and its culture in Australia,…
2 videos
Welcome to the Waks Family
Welcome to the Waks Family ...With 17 children to the same two parents, it's one of the largest families in Australia. Everyday life in the Waks household is a logistical challenge of monumental proportions. There are two minibuses to move…
Secrets of the Jury Room
Enter the normally closed world of the jury room to discover how juries really work.In Secrets of the Jury Room, two juries decide the fate of the accused in a murder case.The case is fictional, but highly realistic. On trial…
Admission Impossible
Following World War Two, one of the largest mass migrations in history took place. More than five million people came to Australia, transforming it into the most multicultural country on earth. However, this was never meant to be. For much…
Slow Food Revolution
Speed - the obsession of the modern world - is determining what people should eat and how. Traditional foods are at risk of disappearing forever. An international eco-gastronomic movement known as Slow Food champions the protection of traditional culture, the…
I'll Call Australia Home
Refugee families from Burma and Sudan discover the joys and challenges of their new Australian home. While the immediate horrors of war and the confinement of refugee camps are behind them, the new lives of these families are not without…
The Bridge (Constructing Australia Series)
Part of the Series: Constructing Australia
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this is the definitive story of how a giant steel arch resembling a coat hanger became one of world's most recognised structures and an engineering triumph. Massive, majestic and breathtaking, the…
Kokoda - The Invasion
Part of the Series: Kokoda
From the corridors of power to the blood-stained battlefields of the Papua New Guinea highlands, Kokoda tells the story of the brutal World War II military campaign between Australia and Japan that changed the course of Australian history. While most…