Bullying affects 1 in 4 Australian school children sometimes with devastating consequences. Using unorthodox methods this documentary series looks at this disturbing issue through the eyes of young people who have tried everything to stop being bullied. With Olympic legend Ian Thorpe by their side these young people find the courage to reveal their experiences to their family, teachers and peers with the hope of changing their lives.
Poverty and social disadvantage are things we usually associate with the Third World. But in areas of western Sydney - on the margins of Australia’s most affluent city - thousands of families and individuals are struggling to get by.
The 3-part observational-documentary ‘Struggle Street’, which screened on SBS in May 2015, featured the stories of those facing a range of issues - from housing and employment, to problems of addiction and family breakdown.
The series created headlines around the nation, and sparked a national conversation about disadvantage in the ‘lucky country’.
It became the highest rating commissioned program ever broadcast on SBS.
Series Two is currently in production and will screen later in 2017.
RIVER COTTAGE AUSTRALIA
In Series 4 of the hit series - screened on Foxtel’s LifeStyle Food Channel - the future is looking bright for former Tasmanian chef-turned farmer Paul West at the River Cottage Australia farm in Central Tilba.
As Spring breaks, he’s planning to welcome eager cooks and wannabe farmers to the property, to share his knowledge and teach others how to live a sustainable life through cooking and growing their own produce.
In amongst all this, Paul’s became a first time Dad, so to help run the vegetable gardens, the farm and the school, he's taken on local lad Harrison as his part-time farm hand and apprentice.
With the day-today business of the farm ticking over, it’s time to look ahead - at ways to future-proof the farm, and to learn more about the big issue of food security.
And while the big picture may dominate his dreams, it’s the day-to-day chores of River Cottage farm, his generous neighbours and an ever-growing community of fellow-farmers that are not only helping him provide meals for the table, but food for the soul.