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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…
Muddy Waters - Life and Death on the Great Barrier Reef
By 2010, forty per cent of the world's coral reefs may be dead. By 2030, half of the Great Barrier Reef may be gone. Parts of it are already dying, but the reasons have not always been clear. Global warming…
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 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
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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"…
King of the Coral Sea
When Ted King, captain of a pearling lugger discovers a body floating in the Torres Strait, he becomes unwittingly embroiled in a people smuggling plot. Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery he is joined by his first…
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
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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Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery
"I had ambition not only to go farther than any man had been before, but as far as it was possible for a man to go." James Cook Geographer, historical consultant and bestselling author Vanessa Collingridge searches for the man…
4 videos
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…
The Loneliest Mountain
The Loneliest Mountain is an enthralling account of the courage and triumph of special individuals who embark on an epic journey to and across "the last wilderness on earth". In 1988 a party of six Australian mountaineers set sail for…
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…
Film Australia's Australia: Beliefs, Values and Customs
Is it possible to generalise about the beliefs, values and customs of a nation? Is there a national character - an Australian identity? Does the "typical Aussie" exist or is he (rarely she!) some mythical creation in the minds of…
Plumpton High Babies
They're schoolgirls - dreaming of the future, wanting to go out and have fun, trying to work out relationships with families, friends and boyfriends - and attempting to finish high school while raising their babies. Plumpton High, in Sydney's outer…
4 videos
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…