Who Do You Think You Are? Series 7

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Geoffrey Rush

Toni Collette

Luke Nguyen

David Wenham

Dawn Fraser

Peter Rowsthorn

Greig Pickhaver

Ray Martin


Well-known Australians play detective as they go in search of their family history, revealing secrets from the past.
Taking us to all corners of Australia and the globe are eight stories of individuals seeking to find the definitive answer to where they came from. Along the way secrets are uncovered and histories revealed – An Irish rebel, a South American freedom fighter and a family who mastered music for 150 years.
A DNA test solves a long held paternity question another finds family he didn’t know existed and one celebrity considers changing his surname after discovering the truth about his grandfather. Combining emotional and personal journeys with big-picture history, these inspiring and sometimes challenging stories, remind us how Australians have come to be the people that we are today.
Considering Australia’s multicultural background, this is a global story, with each celebrity tracing their ancestors around the world. They travel to the places where their forebears would have lived, loved and died, and learn about the hardships and hurdles their ancestors overcame.
This is a fascinating chronicle of the social, ethnic and cultural evolution of Australia’s national identity.



Geoffrey Rush

Actor

Internationally celebrated actor Geoffrey Rush believes he hails from a long line of farmers but an exploration of his heritage sees him discover an ancestor fighting for justice in the face of corruption and another desperate to succeed in a golden age of creativity.


Writer / Director: Russell Vines | Editor: Peter Prichard

Director of Photography: Ulrich-Stephan Krafzik | Sound Recordist: Laurie Chlanda 

Field Producer: Matthew O’Donnell


“This is a series that shares the emotional and intellectual rewards that can come with discovering the identity of our ancestors ... And the trick of this truly clever program is the way it convinces us that these sometimes esoteric slices of famous people's lives have some faint connection with our own, in many cases motivating us to go searching for the biographical mysteries of our own lineage in online genealogy." –   Lyndall Crisp, The Australian, 19/07/14


Toni Collette

Actor

Actor Toni Collette delves into the enigma of her grandparents and uncovers a tale of abandonment and tragedy, a secret wartime affair, and an unexpected ancestor. A DNA test serves only to deepen the mystery.


Writer / Director: Kay Pavlou | Co-Writer/Director of Edit: Alan Carter | Editor: Teresa Ashton-Graham

Director of Photography: Ulrich-Stephan Krafzik | Sound Recordist: Laurie Chlanda 

Field Producer: Christian Horgan


“As is often the case in this cleverly produced series, Collette’s voyage of discovery is emotional and takes in history, sociology and revelations about pressures on relationships." –   Green Guide, the Age Melbourne, Debi Enker, 06/08/15


Luke Nguyen

Chef & Restaurateur

Successful Chef and Restaurateur Luke Nguyen discovers his Grandfather left behind a wife and child in China when he migrated to Vietnam. Luke searches a remote corner of China to bring long lost family members back into the fold. He then travels to Vietnam and looks into the troubled history of his parents’ homeland, searching for clues to explain his own painful past.


Writer / Director: Steve Peddie | Editor: David Fosdick

Director of Photography: Ulrich-Stephan Krafzik | Sound Recordist: Laurie Chlanda 

Field Producer: Katherine Barrett


“This fascinating instalment of Who Do You Think You Are? offers as much an insight into the broader sweep of 20th-century East Asian history as it does into Nguyen’s own family story."  –  Daily Telegraph, Sydney, 14/08/15


David Wenham

Actor

On the trail of his ancestors, actor David Wenham delves into the mystery behind his father’s fostered childhood and uncovers tales of valour and horror in the trenches of the Great War, the double life of a homecoming hero, and a mother’s struggle to stay connected to her son.


Writer / Director: Ili Barè | Co-Writer/Director of Edit: Alan Carter | Editor: Teresa Ashton-Graham

Director of Photography: Ulrich-Stephan Krafzik | Sound Recordist: Laurie Chlanda 

Field Producer: Phillipa Hutchison


“As usual, it’s a thought-provoking mix of history and heart, with revelations that will stick with Wenham long after the credits roll" –   The Age


Dawn Fraser

Actor

Olympian & National Living Treasure

Australia’s greatest Olympian Dawn Fraser is on the trail of the grandparents she never knew. She learns, like herself, her grandmother spent time battling officialdom. She also finds her grandfather hailed from Peru. As she delves into her South American heritage she discovers a freedom fighting ancestor who sacrificed everything for his country.


Writer / Director: Steve Peddie | Director of Edit: Matthew O’Donnell | Editor: Roland Smith

Director of Photography: Ulrich-Stephan Krafzik | Sound Recordist: Laurie Chlanda 

Field Producer: Matthew O’Donnell


“A historic, high seas episode...an emotional experience."  – Sydney Morning Herald


Peter Rowsthorn

Actor & Comedian

Peter Rowsthorn, best known for his role as Brett in Australian television series Kath and Kim, finds humour in his first Australian ancestors and discovers the truth behind his grandfather’s death.


Writer / Director: Bruce Permezel | Director of Edit: Claire Forster | Editor: Beckett Broda

Director of Photography: Ulrich-Stephan Krafzik | Sound Recordist: Laurie Chlanda

Field Producer: Phillipa Hutchison


“All in all its quite strange that you’re holding something that he held. That you’re reading something he wrote just before he did something really horrible and in such a calculated sort of a way. I actually found it quite confronting."  –   Peter Rowsthorn


Greig Pickhaver

Actor, Comedian & Social Commentator

Iconic entertainer Greig Pickhaver, known for his comedic alter ego HG Nelson, investigates the leading characters in his family history. His search uncovers a wanted criminal, on the run from police after a massive fraud and reveals a side to his mother he never knew.


Writer / Director: Russell Vines | Director of Edit: Matthew O’Donnell | Editor: Roland Smith

Director of Photography: Torstein Dyrting | Sound Recordist: Glenn Martin 

Field Producer: Christian Horgan


“There’s something particularly moving about watching such a bluff man reveal some painful family memories, and then discover the even more painful truth behind them. Compelling. " –   Sunday Age


Ray Martin

Television Journalist

A lifetime spent in journalism has seen Ray Martin witness some of the defining moments of his time. Looking into his own history he finds his forbears too were on the frontline of nation shaping events.
Discovering an ancestor at the scene of Australia's greatest armed rebellion. On his maternal side he investigates his recently discovered Aboriginal heritage - walking in the footsteps of his indigenous great great grandmother. And he follows his convict trail back to Ireland to find a notorious bandit with a rebel heart.


Writer / Director: Steve Peddie | Editor: Lawrie Silvestrin

Director of Photography: Ulrich-Stephan Krafzik | Sound Recordist: Glenn Martin 

Field Producer Australia: Kirrilly Brentnall


“And his concern that the stories might be boring proves unfounded as he connects with his indigenous background. A good end to the season."  –   Daily Telegraph Switched ON


Researchers: Kirrilly Brentnall, Linda Emery, Matthew O’Donnell, Phillipa Hutchison, Katherine Barrett, Christian Horgan 
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. © Copyright 2015.

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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