This two-part series follows the stories of addicts in the 28-day rehabilitation program at the Manor, a Melbourne rehab centre. These patients, suffering from a variety of addictions, grapple with serious mental and physical withdrawals as they attempt to turn their lives around. The addicts undergo intensive physical and psychological therapy, designed to help them understand their addiction and equip them with the skills to manage it. Every step in the rehab leads to the most difficult point in the journey; how will they cope with the temptations outside the gate?
Cannot Buy My Soul
Over two nights at Sydney’s grand State Theatre, before a packed audience, many of Australia’s most acclaimed singer/songwriters and musicians came together to perform the songs of Kev Carmody. Kev Carmody’s work draws on a unique life experience, combining both Western and Indigenous literary and spiritual traditions, an eye for historical and political narratives and a willingness to explore the deeply personal. His songs cover Christian theology, black deaths in custody and celebrations of all walks of Australian life. The combination of so many artists from different aesthetic, generational, racial and gender backgrounds, makes this concert the epitome of reconciliation. The fact that Kev is less well known than those paying him tribute gives a sense of mystery to the proceedings. At times intensely intimate, occasionally raucous and loud, this documentary is a joyous celebration of the life and times, the spirit, the songs and the story-telling of Kev Carmody (pictured).
The Singer and the Swinger
This is the story of the early days of rock and roll in Australia and two of its key figures, promoter, Lee Gordon and singer, Johnny O’Keefe, one of the stars he helped to make famous. Gordon promoted the tours of many of the big name artists of the 1950s and 1960s, including Ella Fitzgerald, Artie Shaw, Frankie Lane, Nat “King” Cole and Johnnie Ray but he shocked Australia by touring white American rock and roll pioneers Bill Haley and the Comets in 1957. Johnny O’Keefe became Australia’s best known rock and roll star and, with Gordon’s support, toured the country with legendary act such as Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Everly Brothers.