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Shaun Micallef's Stairway to Heaven broadcast alert

Friday, January 06, 2017
Broadcast alert! Shaun Micallef's Stairway To Heaven returns to SBS from Wednesday January 18th at 8:30pm. ..
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David Wenham searches for clues to his father’s past

Monday, August 24, 2015

'My ten year old daughter…came to me and said ‘oh, dad, we’ve got a school project, um, you – you’ll have to help me with the family tree’, and I said ‘well, darling I’d love to but it’s going to be a very small tree, in fact, it’s going to be a shrub.’ - David Wenham

Actor David Wenham rose to fame as ‘Diver Dan’ in the long-running TV series SeaChange. He has inhabited countless characters in a 30-year career spanning theatre, TV and film but the characters in David’s own bloodline remain largely unknown to him.

David may be a household name in Australia but Wenham is a surname that he is not biologically linked to. 

David was very close to his father, Bill Wenham yet he knows remarkably little about his background. In the new series of Who Do You Think You Are? David delves into the mystery behind his father’s fostered childhood and uncovers tales of horror and valour in the trenches of Gallipoli and the Somme, the double life of a homecoming hero, and a mother’s desperate struggle to remain connected to her son.

David knows that about 15 years prior to his father dying he tried to research his own background but believes he learned very little. David’s first port of call is to visit two of his sisters, Kathryn and Anne, to see what they know about Bill Wenham’s late life search for clues to his past.

From his sisters, David learns the names of his birth grandparents Stanley Rupert Bateup and Lillian Violet Kidney,and that his dad Bill, at birth, bore the name of his biological father – Stanley. They also show him a photograph of a couple with a baby and although they presume it’s Bill with his parents, nobody knows for sure. David’s sisters came across one more item from Bill Wenham’s personal archive – a letter written when he was eight years old to his birth grandfather, but which grandfather it is, is unclear.  Why did this letter remain so precious to David’s father, and who is the couple holding the baby? Each new clue seems to throw up more questions for David.

David never understood why family history wasn’t discussed by his father, but he finishes his WDYTYA journey with a new appreciation of secrets and an understanding of why sometimes things are left unsaid.
Season seven of Who Do You Think You Are?stars Geoffrey Rush, Toni Collette, Luke Nguyen, Dawn Fraser, Ray Martin, GreigPickhaver (HG Nelson) and Peter Rowsthorn.Who Do You Think You Are?is produced by Artemis International and Serendipity Productions for SBS. 

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For more information, contact Jessica Parry (02) 9430 3786 || 0428 767 836 ..

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Luke Nguyen searches for clues in his own painful past

Monday, August 17, 2015

“I was a bit scared to do this because I wasn’t sure I was going to be proud or if I’mgoing to be embarrassed or ashamed - and I have not felt embarrassed or ashamed one bit. I’ve just been so proud.” – Luke Nguyen ..

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Toni Collette’s family secrets unravel

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
“I can’t believe he’s finally done a DNA test that will bring forth a whole heap of information…”  ..
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The Dreamhouse Producer's Statement

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The idea for The Dreamhouse was hatched a decade ago. I’d been working with an inspiring arts organisation DADAA (Disadvantage and Disabled Arts Australia) and got to know a number of young adults with Intellectual disabilities (ID's)  who were about to leave school, and some of whom were already wanting to move out of their parents home. A film about that rite of passage would be a great way to explore a vibrant part of our community. I'd got to know many within the community of ID outside of work as well. As a carer of my stepson who has an Acquired Brain Injury, I knew first hand that this journey is full of challenges, colour, (black) comedy and life changing opportunities.  ..

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Paul McDermott’s family discovery

Monday, August 11, 2014
“I think all people need to know their history, and if it’s taken from you, or there’s deception in it, you want to solve it regardless of the emotional or personal cost because you need to know.” – Paul McDermott  ..
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True crime and heartbreaking drama in Lisa McCune’s colourful ancestry

Thursday, July 24, 2014
“I kind of wanted a colourful past. This is primary colours going on here” – Lisa McCune ..
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Richard Roxburghs ancestors caught up in the bloody battle over slavery

Friday, July 18, 2014
“You would like to find that people lived good and rich lives, and contributed something, and that
was the story of your ancestors” – Richard Roxburgh
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Adam Goodes reconnects with his lost Indigenous culture

Friday, July 18, 2014
“I feel like I’ve lost my culture and my opportunity to learn language, to learn stories. Today we’ve realised that I can connect straight back into that. My stories are still there, my songlines are still there, my language is still there.” –Adam Goodes ..
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Jacki Weavers family discovery

Friday, July 18, 2014
“I think it’s always good to be enlightened about the truth, about the history” – Jacki Weaver
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