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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…
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…
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 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…
2 videos
Uncle Chatzkel
Uncle Chatzkel portrays the patient triumph of one man's dignity and intellect over genocide, oppression and personal adversity. Chatzkel Lemchen has lived through the Russian revolution, two world wars, a communist regime and the transition of Lithuania from Soviet republic…
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…
Sugar Slaves
Australia's slave trade is an untold story. Few people know that the Australian sugar industry was founded on the sweat of men and women enticed or kidnapped from the islands of the South Pacific. Sugar Slaves is the story of…
Trafficked: The Child Sex Trade
The trafficking of women and children for prostitution is a global problem. The United Nations estimates that more than one million children are forced into sexual slavery each year. Some of them are trafficked into Australia. This powerful documentary follows…
Dreamings - The Art of Aboriginal Australia
The art of Aboriginal Australia is celebrated in Dreamings as we journey into the sacred heartland of Australia to see traditional artists at work. The artists talk of their work, its association with the land and its spiritual connection with…
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…
2 videos
Harder Than Everest
A high adventure film about Tim Macartney-Snape's incredible expedition to climb Gasherbrum IV - an 8000 metre symmetrical pyramid mountain of rock and ice on the border of Pakistan and China in the Karakoram Range of the western Himalaya. Tim,…
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.…
6 videos
On Sacred Ground - Aboriginal Australian History
On Sacred Ground looks at the story behind the Noonkanbah dispute, the well-publicised Aboriginal struggle to stop mining in the Kimberley region of Western Australia in the late 1970s. Presented by a young spokesman for the Kimberley Land Council, the…
Innocence
Episode 1 of Myths of Childhood
The first in the three-part series, Innocence explores the romantic idea that children are innocent, and that this is at the heart of what we believe childhood should be. We are outraged when this innocence is violated by any form…
Tosca - A Tale of Love and Torture (Feature Version)
Mid-winter and money is tight at Opera Australia as rehearsals begin for Puccini's perennial favourite Tosca , a story of love, betrayal and murder set amid the political turmoil of 19th century Rome. Popular diva Joan Carden has played the…
Philippines - The Furthest Cross
Part of the Series: Asian Insight
The Philippines poses a problem of identity: to be Asian or otherwise. This film shows how the complex social structure of the Spanish and the religious cult of Santo Nino have not been disentangled from the church and the relics…
Darwin's Brave New World
Darwin's Brave New World is the story of how four young voyagers to the Southern Hemisphere - Charles Darwin, Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley and Alfred Russel Wallace - revolutionized science and gave birth to an extraordinary theory about the evolution…
3 videos
Plagued: Invisible Armies
Part of the Series: Plagued
Invisible Armies : Filmed in the UK, Australia, Iceland, Hawaii and the USA, this episode looks at the interaction between our immune system and history. It draws the map of the world according to disease history and helps explain why…
China Dolls
China Dolls is a stylish and moving portrayal of gay Asian-Australians and their often difficult journeys to self-acceptance. Filmmaker Tony Ayres explores the relationship between race and sexuality, taking us into the unfamiliar world of "rice queens", "potato queens", "bananas"…
Gorgeous
Gorgeous follows the perils of cartoon character Hermoine the Modern Girl as she tackles plastic surgery, beauty therapy and bulimia in a feral fit of inadequacy. Undermined by her evil inner voice, otherwise known as Deirdre the Weird Fairy, Hermoine…