Rock star and activist John Butler is searching for his heritage hoping to find poets, musicians and revolutionaries. He traces the Butler name back through generations of hardship to a matriarch who sang for her survival. Then he follows his Bulgarian ancestry to the mountain town of Koprivshtitsa and to an ancestor caught up in a violent revolt, central to the birth of a nation.
Singer Christine Anu’s ancestry is from the Torres Straits Islands. She would like to understand why music is so important in her life. Her journey takes her to England and the Torres Straits Islands where she discovers a heritage of music and culture, beyond her wildest dreams.
Bad boy larrikin actor Ben Mendelsohn embarks on a journey into his ancestry to find out if he really is related to the famous composer of the Wedding March – Felix Mendelssohn. He traces the Mendelsohn family line back to the heart of Europe and discovers a thread of musical heritage in surprising quarters as well as a heart-rending tale of success, failure and heartbreak of Dickensian proportions.
Australian film and TV industry luminary, actress Sigrid Thornton has cornered the market in feisty leading roles. She is best known recently for her role as the “starting life over again” magistrate Laura in SeaChange. She embarks on a journey into her ancestry uncovering a genetic tendency to get into trouble with the law.
Footy legend and latter day ‘Knight in Shining Armour’ Ron Barassi has always believed that actions speak louder than words. He embarks on a journey into his ancestry tracing the Barassi family line back to the Victorian Gold Rush and discovers a heart-rending tale of violence, tragedy and redemption.
Diana Pepper is the researcher for this episode and can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org