Who Do You Think You Are? Series 6

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Andrew Denton

Rebecca Gibney

Jacki Weaver

Richard Roxburgh

Amanda Keller

Adam Goodes

Lisa McCune

Paul McDermott

Prominent Australians search for their family history and uncover the secret lives of their ancestors. Once they start looking they have no idea what they’re going to discover. Their journeys will take them from the former Russian Empire to the Promised Land, from the fallen Colonial glory of the Caribbean to Australia’s near neighbour. And across six vast Australian states and one territory.

How will the past they discover change their lives today? Combining personal journeys with big-picture history, these stories demonstrate how Australians have come to be the people that we are today. Who Do You Think You Are? is a fascinating chronicle of the social, ethnic and cultural evolution of Australia.

Andrew Denton

Broadcaster

On the trail of his ancestors, broadcaster Andrew Denton explores his Jewish heritage and delves into one of the darkest chapters in human history. He also learns of a possible connection to one of the best known stories in the Bible.

Writer / Director: Jane Manning | Co-Writer / Co-Director Of Edit:  Alan Carter | Editors: Beckett Broda & Teresa Ashton-Graham 

Director of Photography: Ulrich-Stephan Krafzik | Assistant Producer Production: Joffa Hardy | Assistant Producer Preproduction: Kirrilly Brentnall


“ ... an extraordinary opening episode. One of the most powerful hours of television this year” –  The Daily Telegraph - Holly Byrnes 07/06/14

Rebecca Gibney

Actress

Actress Rebecca Gibney searches for the reasons behind her family’s troubled past bringing a dark secret to light, to heal a long-standing family wound. She also discovers an ancestor who played a role in New Zealand’s forgotten tragedy.


Writer / Director: Steve Peddie | Editor: Beckett Broda
Director of Photography: Ian Pugsley Acs | Researcher / Field Producer: Katherine Barrett


“ Another superb instalment of this excellent series… a story that will have most viewers reaching desperately for the tissues.” –  Sunday Age

Jacki Weaver

Actress

Actress Jacki Weaver never knew her Grandma. Jacki’s dad Arthur was a ward of the state and she doesn’t know anything about his biological family – except for his mother’s name. Jacki wants to know who her Grandmother was and why she had to give up her baby.


Writer / Director: Lisa Matthews | Director - Post Production: Andrea Ulbrick | Editor: Teresa Ashton-Graham
Director of Photography: Ulrich-Stephan Krafzik | Assistant Producer: Joffa Hardy


“ This program is always moving and Weaver’s soft, articulate commentary makes it all the more poignant “ –   Lyndall Crisp, The Australian, 19/07/14

Richard Roxburgh

Actor

Actor Richard Roxburgh discovers his family’s footprints in an unexpected corner of the world, finding two ancestors on opposite sides of the fierce struggle over slavery. In a cruel and unjust world, he finds a courageous figure giving hope and guidance to the oppressed.


Writer / Director: Ili Baré | Co – Writer / Director Of Edit: Steve Peddie | Editor: Beckett Broda
Director of Photography: Ulrich-Stephan Krafzik | Researcher / Field Producer: Matthew O’Donnell


“ Another moving instalment of this excellent series sees irrepressible actor Richard Roxburgh, famed for the complex characters he plays, reach deep into the complexities of his past. “ –   Sunday Telegraph

Amanda Keller

TV & Radio Host

Amanda Keller discovers her bloodline has survived against all odds; finding an ancestor who faced hell on earth in Australia’s most brutal prison and a mother fighting to save her family in the face of tragedy.


Writer / Director: Steve Peddie | Editor: Jonathan Rowdon
Director of Photography: Ian Pugsley ACS | Assistant Producer: Suzanne Colwell

“ Brimming with revelations that are both emotional and illuminating, this heart-warming documentary series has helped track down the interesting family stories behind our favourite famous personalities “ –   Hobart Mercury


Adam Goodes

AFL Footballer and Australian of the Year

Australian of the Year and AFL star Adam Goodes investigates his long lost Aboriginal heritage, uncovering a royal bloodline and a 19th century mining magnate in his family tree. On a quest to learn about his ancestors’ culture he journeys deep into the remote Flinders Ranges and finds evidence of their lives from thousands of years ago.


Writer / Director: Kay Pavlou | Co – Writer / Director Of Edit: Matthew O’Donnell | Editor: Peter Pritchard
Director of Photography: Ulrich-Stephan Krafzik | Researcher / Field Producer: Matthew O’Donnell

“ The program provides a fascinating insight into one of our sporting greats as well as a valuable lesson in some of the history of Australia.” –   Craig Mathieson, Sydney Morning Herald, 07/08/14

Lisa McCune

Actress

Lisa McCune uncovers a sensational Gold Rush murder and learns the tragic secret behind her own father’s childhood.


Writer / Director: Bernadine Lim | Co – Writer / Director Of Edit: Alan Carter | Editor: Teresa Ashton-Graham
Director of Photography: Ian Pugsley ACS | Researcher / Field Producer: Phillipa Hutchison

“ This week’s episode of the always-excellent Who Do You Think You Are? features Lisa McCune who discovers some gruesome history in her family tree, as she seeks to learn more about her grandfather and his family.” –   TV Tonight

Paul McDermott

Entertainer

On the trail of his ancestors, entertainer Paul McDermott delves into the mystery behind his Mother’s adoption and the cruelly brief lives and loves of his ancestors. He also uncovers a tale of hard times and great expectations in colonial Adelaide.


Writer / Director: Steve Westh | Co – Writer / Director Of Edit: Alan Carter | Editor: Teresa Ashton-Graham

Director of Photography: Ian Pugsley ACS | Researcher / Field Producer: Phillipa Hutchison

“ McDermott’s episode may be one of the most poignant in the entire series of Who Do You Think You Are?” –   Dianne Butler , News.Com.Au, 25/08/14


Researchers: Kirrilly Brentnall, Linda Emery, Matthew O’Donnell, Joffa Hardy, Phillipa Hutchison, Katherine Barrett 
SBS Independent Commissioning Editor: Joseph Maxwell

The Who Do You Think You Are? format is devised by Wall to Wall and based upon a program originally produced by Wall to Wall for BBC1.

Format licensed by Warner Bros. International Television Production.

Based on the smash hit BBC series Who Do You Think You Are?, each episode will profile an Australian celebrity tracing their family tree.
The original UK series was created and produced by Wall to Wall Media.

'Who Do You Think You Are?' is a Serendipity Productions and Artemis International Production in association with SBS, ScreenWest, Lotterywest and Screen Australia. © Copyright 2013.

Format Licensed by Wall to Wall Media Ltd



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reviews

"One of the best pieces of Australian- produced television to go to air this year"
- Media Week, James Manning, 27/09/04

"We welcome the return of the impeccable Who Do You Think You Are?"

- The Sunday Age

"A documentary that confronts, questions and raises many issues:medical ethics,personal choice and funding priorities - but none more so than the rights of the disabled, and of a mother and father."

- Karen Hobson, Canberra Times, 13/04/98

"… is full of emotion,heartache,frustration and determination."

- Melville-Fremantle Community Newspaper, 14/04/98

"… essentially a story of courage"

- TV Extra, 12/04/98

‘The filmmaker creates a perceptive, multilayered understanding of the young refugees’ experiences’

- West Australian

‘Delightful’

- Sunday Times

‘It is hard to remain dry-eyed as the schools multicultural soccer team sings Advance Australia Fair in the bus home from a match.'

- Sydney Morning Herald/ Melbourne Age

"... already acknowledged as the world's most exciting visual and physical theatre company...the reason to go and see Stalker is the way they marry jaw dropping spectacle with real purpose."

- Tim Marsh, London Times.
"Delightful documentary"
- Sunday Times, 01/07/07
"A sweet sign off for a lovely series"
- The Age, Michael Idato, 02/07/07
…."it is the irrespressible humanity, and often hilarity, of the couples that makes DKS such honest and engaging television"
- West Australian, Philippa Perry, 04/07/07
“Real insight into a pressing problem” 
- Sydney Morning Herald
“Engrossing TV to start the year” 
- Daily Telegraph Pick Of The Week
"A cut above the reality rest"
- The West Magazine, Helen Crompton, 18/09/04
"Sheilas" is suprisingly compelling viewing"
- Weekend Australian, Kerrie Murphy, 2 - 8/10/04
Such is the level of trust between Honnor, the film crew and the dolphins that some of the footage in Dolphins’ Day is thought to be a world first.
- The West Australian, Sue Yeap, 07/07/98
"Unique footage" 
- Sunday Times, Bruce Butler, 01/03/99

"This is engaging and entertaining telly that also has something important to say"

- Sunday Age 04/01/09
"Engaging and entertaining telly that has something to say”
- Sunday Age
"...the most thought provoking, moving, entertaining and enlightening doco series in years"
- Wagin Argus 18/12/08

"Set in WA, this is one reality series we all should watch."

- West Australian 03/01/09

"Setting this documentary apart…is the effort it makes to humanise the poachers and explain the circumstances which compels them to hunt."

- West Australian, Mellissa Kent, 31/10/02
 "Televisual Gold"
- Lucy Belmont, The Age

"A dose of Reality TV without the hype"

- Weekend Australian, Simon Canning, 25 - 31/03/06
"A great concept"
- West Australian, Ara Jansen, 25-26/03/06

"All three groups of fishermen feature in Lobster Tales, an ABC documentary that will change the way you look at these delicious crustaceans forever."

- Sunday Mail, Brisbane 3/12/00

“The great achievement of Lobster Tales, a delightfully oddball WA-made documentary on the lucrative local crayfish industry ... strikes such a lovely balance between the lobsters and fishermen that it’s more like a well-wrought tragi-comedy than a traditional nature doco"

- Mark Naglazas – The West Australian Today 1/12/01

“Even for non-lobster-lovers, this quirky feature provides plenty of interest ... the highlight is the underwater photography by Leighton de Barros which is up-close and stunning."

- CYCLOPS The West Magazine, The West Australian Newspaper 2/12/00

"shows ordinary people doing extraordinary things ... the program usues the magic of TV to bring an important WA story to life"

- West Australian, Keith McDonald, 27/06/02

“Though it’s not easy to watch a widow finally open up about her murdered husband (nor is it comfortable watching local Iraqis genuinely praise Saddam Hussein), Salam Father is yet another reason why the terms "SBS" and "quality documentary" fit like a hand in glove."

- Jive TV Review, 23/11/10

“A sense of reconciliation emerges in the program and there's considerable poignancy as elements of a family torn apart by war, politics and circumstance are reunited…"

- Sydney Morning Herald, Doug Anderson

“This is the compelling story of a family torn apart by war, envy, corruption and greed and how a quest for answers also helped heal old wounds. It might also help people look beyond the descriptions "refugee" and "asylum seeker" to see the person and their story…A powerful piece of television, made more authentic by Ziusudras' first-hand narration of this tale.” 

- West Australian, Sue Yeap

"This documentary never becomes bogged down in legalese and is a compelling tale of one family's devotion to their son"

- Sun Herald

"A remarkable story and a clever and affecting piece of storytelling"

- The Age

"An emotional journey...unflinchingly captured on camera"

- The West Australian

Koori queens proudly get out and about in this high-spirited and affirming documentary."

- Melbourne Queer Film Festival Guide

"We get a rare glimpse into the world of indigenous gay men in tonight's Sissy ... an energetic, inventive and occasionally touching Western Australian-made documentary that looks at the lives of three colourful drag queens."

- Mark Naglazas, The West Australian Today

"Considering the double whammy served up by homophobia and racism, Sissy insists on having a good time while handling thought-provoking material."

- Mims McIntyre, Melbourne Times, 14/03/01,

[Shaun Micallef’s] quest to discover if there is ‘‘greater purpose than being a semi-professional Australian TV personality’’ makes for a funny and watchable journey.

- Louise Rugendyke, Sydney Morning Herald, 08/12/14

Filled with wit, warmth and revelations, Stairway To Heaven will intrigue even non-believers.

- TV Week, 12/12/16
This powerful documentary reveals a side to Shaun Micallef we don’t usually see - the Aussie actor and comedian is on a quest to find the very meaning of life itself... He is an inspiring host and an entertaining traveller.

- Sunday Mail Adelaide, Adelaide 15/01/17

"It's a compelling story and you made a compelling film out of it. Just terrific."

- Richard Walsh, Consultant Publisher, Allen & Unwin
“This is vital viewing for those that crave the whole truth”
- Ian Cuthbertson, The Australian
The Dreamhouse is, no mistake, a heart warmer and a tear jerker. But it's more than that... The Dreamhouse instead shows [the housemates] as people with abilities, flaws, hopes, desires and dreams the same as any of us
- Ben Pobjie, Sydney Morning Herald, 07/08/14
Every so often a TV show comes along that changes the way we think about others, about society, about ourselves. Positively, for the better and in a way that enriches the lives of everyone.
- Paul Kalina, The Age, 31/07/14
"It’s a fascinating insight into a world most of us never see"
- The Age Green Guide, Barbara Hooks, 10/04/03

"A fascinating insight into the world of the night"

- Canberra Times, 14/04/03
"A fly on the wall insight" 
- Melissa Kent, West Australian, 16/04/03

“Surprising, raunchy, hilarious, crazy! Expect the unexpected!”

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"Puppetry most certainly is an art from and some of the performances here will take your breath away"

- The Australian, Ian Cuthberston, 23/08/08

“I have been directly or indirectly involved in WDYTYA productions in the U.S., Canada and the U.K …I must say that this one [Andrew Denton's episode] of the very best I have seen”

- Stanley Diamond, Montreal, Executive Director, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Inc.
Arguably its strongest line-up of celebrity guests yet
- The Daily Telegraph - Holly Byrnes 07/06/14

"...it's the most engaging detective series in years"

- Doug Anderson, SMH, 11/1/08

"... surprising, extraordinary and often moving" 

- Sunday Telegraph
"Outstanding, at times touching and very, very real"
- Sydney Morning Herald 5/10/09

"A compelling, lovely adaption of an excellent British format"

- Sydney morning herald- Sydney TV
"...is so elegantly simple it manages to compel almost without fail, never overstepping the human stories it is designed to tell..."
- Michael Idato - Sydney Morning Herald 20/12/10
"..utterly compelling.....revealed how powerful straightforward storytelling can be.... More please."
- Frances Atkinson, The Green Guide "The Rated , The Age 23/12/10
"...takes prominent Australians on an often complex, and sometimes unsettling, genealogical journey.... - has proven addictive t.v."
- Graeme Blundell -The Australian 18/12/10
“Their stories are revealing, sometimes shocking and always emotional”
- Feast Magazine 19/03/12

"One of the reliable pleasures of this series is just how great it looks. The production values are always first-class and wherever we are in Australia or the world, you can't quibble with the scenery. Who Do You Think You Are? is about much more than looking pretty, though, blending history and biography to create a package that's accessible, entertaining and educational. (FOUR STARS)"

- Melinda Houston – SMH, 25/03/12

“It's the perfect mix of history and celebrity..."

- Sunday Herald Sun, Melbourne , 01/04/13

"... this program has about it a quiet authenticity that allows the subject’s story to unfold of its own accord."

- Age Melbourne, 18/04/13

"The series is more than a peek into the backgrounds of the famous; it also chronicles the social and cultural evolution of our national identities via these celeb family histories. 4/5 stars"


- Sunday Age, Melbourne Critic's Choice, 01/04/13

"Each episode is essentially a feature documentary, well-researched and produced, and presented usually with a humorous or deeply emotional touch... This show is seriously habit-forming"

- Weekend Australian, Graeme Blundell, 06/04/13
This stylishly produced series is in fine form this season. Each episode combines the intimacy, and sometimes voyeurism, of observational documentary and the puzzles of the well-told detective story. It is a brilliant concept.
- Graeme Blundell The Australian, 25/08/15

This series is fascinating and so well done...
(pick of the week)

- Weekend Australian, Australia Lyndall Crisp - The Australia, 08/08/15
There are enough twists and turns here to make you think you’re watching an actual drama.
- Cameron Adams,Herald Sun, Melbourne, 25/08/15

"... explores the family histories of its subjects with class and humour. Verdict: A Hit." 

- Michael Idato, SMH, 31/12/07.

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