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The tricky subject matter of British migration to Australia and the controversial 'White Australia' policy is handled with great aplomb. The old photographs and archive are cleverly brought to life using remarkable computer trickery and the journey of the migrants engaging and at times absolutely heartbreaking. As a Ten Pound Pom myself, I can relate to many of the stories and anecdotes told by the characters in the film. Ten Pound Poms just been voted the Australian documentary of the year by the Sydney Morning Herald. I would definitely agree! An important film about an almost forgotten part of our history that should be seen by everyone in Australia.
A timely and politically important four-part series, Policing The
Pacific is a Film Australia initiative in association with SBS
Independent and over the four weeks period, details the adventures and
challenges that Australian Federal Police encounter in their quest to
bring justice and peace to the islands of the Pacific traumatized by
Australian Federal Agents have policed the Solomon Islands at the invitation of its Prime Minister since 2003. They join the multinational police force known as RAMSI (Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands) beneath swaying palms, on white sandy beaches. This place looks like tropical paradise but has been torn apart by ethnic violence during a four year period of civil strife. During this time rival paramilitary gangs have raped, kidnapped, tortured and murdered, yet the perpetrators often remain at large, sheltered by their local communities.
This series follows several Australian Federal Agents deployed to the Solomon Islands, where they patrol the streets of the capital Honiara, the remote and dangerous Weather Coast and outer islands that rarely, if ever, see law enforcement. The four episodes provide edge-of- your-seat, real-life drama as Australian and Pacific police risk their lives in the battle to end lawlessness in the Solomon Islands and East Timor.
Jump Britain should not be viewed without looking at this fascinating
one hour documentary which brings you behind the camera and delves deep
into the production of what seems on paper an almost impossible
task....get permission to put some blokes on top of some of Britains
most well know landmarks AND then get them to agree to jump over stuff
whilst a film crew record it all! It is testament to those involved
that we get to see Sebastien Foucan et al 'free-run' on stunning and
diverse locations such as the Walls of Derry, the Giants Causeway,
Edinburgh Castle and of course the stunning Millennium Stadium jump.
The programme features interviews with the crew and cast and provides a revealing insight into the complexities of making such a programme. The production crew really pushed the parameters of what is possible and as a result Jump Britain delivered and more.
Jump Britain looks at how the urban sport of Parkour (Free-running) has
developed in the United Kingdom in the period since Sebastien Foucan
and co. took on London in the prequel to this stunning piece of
television. J:B examines one of the UK's fastest growing urban sports
and meets the people behind its incredible growth. It also follows
Sebastien Foucan as he PK's across Britain (Channel 4 insisted on the
geographically and politically incorrect title before you ask!)
performing on some of the most iconic and spectacular locations
imaginable. Indeed, it is hard to fathom how the production team
managed to talk anybody into allowing this to happen at all - in one
sequence Foucan runs across and then jumps a gap in the retractable
roof of the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff! Simply mind blowing. It
would seem that this documentary may prove to be a defining moment in
the development of Parkour, not only in the UK but globally. Its
simplicity is its greatest attraction but for all its balletic grace, a
certain degree of philosophical pretentiousness remains. Trying to
justify and rationalise their chosen activity seems to form their
greatest obstacle and a hunger for sustained media attention will
invariably further drag Parkour into the mainstream. You get the
distinct impression that despite vehement protestations that is exactly
where those behind this activity in the UK wish it to go.
J:B is simply a stunning and possibly generation defining piece of television. Like the birth of skateboarding and roller blading, this feels like you are witnessing the birth of something very big indeed...