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Living the Change - Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future
This insightful documentary explores solutions to the global crises we face today through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way.
Catalyst: How to Exercise Better 
We all know exercise is good for us. But how many of us really know what kind of exercise we should be doing, how much of it we need, or how hard we should push ourselves? To find the answers,…
Saving Andrew Mallard
70 year old Grace Mallard refuses to believe her son Andrew is guilty of murder. 11 years ago Andrew was put away for life for the murder of a local jeweler. Over the course of a decade, Grace and her…
Remembering the Man - A True Story of Love and Loss
A story of love, loss and AIDS from a uniquely Australian perspective. In the 1970s, at a prestigious Catholic boys school in Melbourne, arty and flamboyant Tim Conigrave fell madly in love with the star of the school's football team...…
Whiteley - The Life and Legacy of One of Australia's Most Celebrated Artists
A visual journey into the private life and creative legacy of Australia's most iconic artist, Brett Whiteley, told "in his own words" using personal letters, notebooks and photographs, interwoven with reconstructions, animations, archival interviews and rare footage. Whiteley's artworks were…
Mountain - The History of Our Fascination with Mountains
Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty, an upper world to be shunned, not sought out. Why do mountains now hold us spellbound,…
Beyond Our Ken - Inside the Notorious Kenja Cult
Derided as a 'secretive cult' and its leader described as a 'seedy conman,' Kenja was still attracting a whole new generation of followers with promises of Utopia. But what is Kenja? Accused of mind control, sexual abuse and blamed by…
Kanyini - An Aboriginal Australian Shares His Story and Wisdom
A Pitjantjatjara word meaning interconnectedness; caring, support, nurturing, and responsibility, "Kanyini" is a feature documentary which explores the philosophy and the life of Bob Randall, an Aboriginal man who lived in Mutitjulu, a town beside the world's greatest monolith, Uluru,…
Melissa's Story
Episode 1 of Catalyst: Gut Revolution
Twenty-six-year-old mother of two Melissa has been battling a painful case of irritable bowel syndrome for the past two years. She's seen all the doctors and had all the investigations but no one has been able to help her. Can…
Call Me Dad - Abusive Fathers Seek Change
A film that takes its audience to the most delicate and painful place inside a parents heart. A place where good intentions and hope are pitted against entrenched and tormenting cycles of violence. For some of these fathers, their fists…
Chasing Asylum - Australia's Treatment of Refugees
This film exposes the real impact of Australia's offshore detention policies and explores how 'The Lucky Country' became a country where leaders choose detention over compassion and governments deprive the desperate of their basic human rights. The film features never…
Servant or Slave - The Secret History of Slavery in Australia
Bringing to light the heartbreaking experiences of the Wenberg sisters - Adelaide, Valerie (Linow) and Rita, SERVENT OR SLAVES celebrates their fortitude in pursuing justice for the crimes committed against them. Their firsthand accounts of officially sanctioned enslavement reveal the…
Mary Meets Mohammad - The Friendship of an Australian Woman and Tasmanian Asylum Seeker
The film opens with the Australian government's surprise announcement to build Tasmania's first detention centre for 400 male asylum seekers at Pontville on the outskirts of Hobart. The local community erupts with hostility as the Department of Immigration host a…
David Stratton: A Cinematic Life - Australian Cinema Through the Lens of a Celebrated Critic
A compelling personal journey with David Stratton as he relates the fascinating development of our cinema history. David guides us from his boyhood cinema experience of Australia in England, where he saw the first images of this strange and exotic…
Desert People
Desert People was shot in 1965 in the Gibson Desert of the Australian Western Desert. There was still a handful of family groups perhaps three or four, living a nomadic hunter-food gatherer life, somewhere in the heart of the desert.…
Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place - The Construction of a Mosque for an Islamic Community in Melbourne
This documentary explores the life and work of Australia's most internationally recognised Architect. The 2002 Pritzker prize winner literally put Australian architecture on the world map. The Prizker jury described him as a modernist, a naturalist, an environmentalist, an economist,…
Utopia
Utopia is an epic production by the Emmy and Bafta winning film-maker and journalist John Pilger. Utopia is a vast region in northern Australia and home to the oldest human presence on earth. 'This film is a journey into that…
Border Politics - Examining the Treatment of Refugees Across the Globe
This documentary follows human rights barrister Julian Burnside as he traverses the globe examining the harsh treatment of refugees by most Western democracies. This contemporary story is about the threat to human rights, the loss of democratic values and our…
The Song Keepers - The Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir
This documentary tells the inspiring story of the Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir and their first tour of Germany. In the churches of remote Central Australia, a 140 year old musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages, German sacred hymns and…
Victoria's Story
Episode 3 of Catalyst: Gut Revolution
Forty-eight-year-old Victoria has chronic anxiety disorder. She's battled this her whole life. But in the past few years she's begun suffering from excruciating gut problems. No one has been able to provide answers. So, are her gut bacteria the missing…