The Real Thing
This new show from the Australian national broadcaster has been, to date, a total joy. In pursuit of stories about ‘the real Australia’, it has thrown itself headlong into the delightfully trivial – e.g. hunting down every actor who played Bronson in beloved children’s television program Round The Twist – and the devastatingly important – e.g. following a group of young Indigenous men who are trying to make a living in meat-working. Episode 3, featuring elite athlete Lisa Llorens, has been our favourite to date. Lisa is autistic and medalled in multiple Paralympics before her category was banned; without athletics, she is forced to re-examine her place in the world, and her love of animals comes to the fore. The tone is funny and winking and warm: ‘I was afraid of saying dumb things in doing this interview,’ Lisa admits, to which producer Mike Williams responds, ‘Oh, normally I’m the one who says dumb things, and then I just edit them out.’ But don’t let the off-handed ease of these stories deceive you – they are expertly crafted, beautifully observed, and will hook you, casually, by the heart.
It's bloody good Aussie storytelling, actually. Get these 20-minute episodes into ya, weekly.
Gateway episodes: Ep 2: Eastbound Anton (30 Aug 2016) / Ep 3: Run like a cheetah (6 Sep 2016)