Could You Survive On The Breadline?
In 2020, over three million Australians were recorded as living below the poverty line. In this 3-part documentary, three Australians – Sky News commentator and News Limited journalist, Caleb Bond, best-selling author and media personality, Julie Goodwin, and NSW Greens MP, Jenny Leong – are sent to the inner city, an outer suburb and regional Australia, to live on welfare and meet people who struggle with making ends meet. They will be challenged emotionally as well as physically, having to do without basic necessities at times. Follow along and ask yourself whether you could survive on the breadline?
Could You Survive On The Breadline? premieres exclusively at 8.30pm, Wednesday 17 November on SBS and SBS On Demand (also available with Arabic, Korean, Vietnamese, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese subtitles). Episodes air weekly over three weeks. Watch episode 1 now:
Inside Central Station: Australia’s Busiest Railway
A 10-part documentary narrated by Shane Jacobson, this immersive observational series gives us unique access to Sydney’s Central Station including inside the hub of the Rail Operations Centre, known as The ROC, and on the tracks and platforms of the vast network. Inside Central Station: Australia’s Busiest Railway blends unscripted high-stakes drama with extraordinary engineering marvels, introduces us to memorable diverse characters who are passionate about their jobs, shares quirky moments and brings a strong sense of Australian history.
Australia Uncovered features eight stand-alone documentaries that tackle some of the biggest issues in Australia today, in the most revealing, surprising and compelling ways. These distinctive, bold and uniquely Australian stories explore diversity and equality in our contemporary society. From media personality Osher Günsberg investigating our suicide crisis, comedian Celia Pacquola exploring anxiety to a desperate search for justice in The Bowraville Murders and the gender politics during the term of Australia's only female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, these programs are told by the country's best, award-winning storytellers.
Australia Uncovered is now streaming at SBS On Demand (also available with Arabic, Korean, Vietnamese, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese subtitles). Start with the first in the series Strong Female Lead.
What Does Australia Really Think About…
In a ground-breaking new documentary series, SBS seeks to explore how stigma and prejudice impact the lives of millions of Australians, by getting to the heart of what people really think about disability, old people and obesity. Three-part series What Does Australia Really Think About… is hosted by Kurt Fearnley, Noni Hazlehurst and Casey Donovan. This new series uses surveys reviewed by the University of Melbourne, University of Queensland and La Trobe University to reveal where Australians stand on these three topics. The results paint a clear picture of how stereotypes and misconceptions are still incredibly prevalent in Australian society.
Lost For Words
A staggering 43% of Australian adults are missing the literacy skills needed for everyday life. Hosted by Jay Laga’aia, this uplifting three-part series brings together eight Australians hoping to overcome their struggle to read, write and spell, and thereby transform their lives. Shining a light on our nation’s shamefully low literacy rates, the program shows how easy it is for people to fall through the cracks. Our courageous adults do everything they can to lift themselves out.
See What You Made Me Do
Australians have responded in droves to this vital examination of the nation's domestic abuse epidemic. Investigative journalist Jess Hill draws upon themes explored in her award-winning book of the same name, to ignite crucial conversations about domestic abuse and unpack the strategies that can work to make perpetrators accountable, and protect those most at risk. Travelling across and outside Australia, Jess explores radical innovations which could make a seismic difference to curbing this crisis in our homes.
Australia’s Health Revolution with Dr Michael Mosley
This new landmark documentary series sees renowned British doctor and trusted medical journalist Dr Michael Mosley put his body on the line to tackle the nation's fastest growing chronic disease, Type-2 diabetes. Working alongside Indigenous exercise physiologist Ray Kelly, they reveal how new science can reverse Australia's Type-2 diabetes epidemic.
The Swiping Game
Season 1 is an intimate look at what lies behind attraction, and what goes unspoken in dating and relationships, this short documentary asks whether it's okay to prefer a certain 'type'. Women spill the tea on how they deal with stereotypes of Asian women being submissive, docile and cute in their dating lives. Season 2 of engaging The Swiping Game is made up of 3 x 15-minute episodes about online dating. Topics covered this time round are finding time to date when you’re a single parent, how to navigate mental health issues when dating in a world that presents the most optimistic ‘issues-free’ profiles, and the challenges of dating for those who are not looking to have sex.
Addicted Australia focusses on ten Australians and their families as they battle addiction. With the ten signed up to a unique six-month treatment program, the four-part documentary series follows their heart-wrenching journey from despair to hope and possible recovery.
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Australia Come Fly With Me
Justine Clarke investigates the turbulent history of Australians in the air, revealing the social injustice and disparities in society.
Every Family Has A Secret
Much loved and celebrated actor Noni Hazlehurst will meet six Australians who are grappling with a family secret. Over three weeks, participants will travel around the world uncovering powerful truths about themselves, their families and Australia.
Start season 2 here:
Filthy Rich & Homeless
Five high-profile Australians swap their privileged lives to discover what life is like for the nation's homeless in the country's most expensive city: Sydney.
More than six out of ten people who call Australia home have had little or no contact with Aboriginal people. The chasm and disconnect between First Australians and the rest of the nation is vast. First Contact shines a light on this deep divide by taking six non-Indigenous people, from different walks of life and with strong and varied opinions, and immersing them into Aboriginal Australia for the first time, revealing all its beauty, hope, culture, history, tradition and tragedy. The three-part series is hosted by Ray Martin.
First Contact is now streaming at SBS on Demand.
Going Places with Ernie Dingo
Join Ernie Dingo in this captivating series as he explores Australia's most iconic destinations. No ordinary travel show, Ernie introduces us to the traditional owners and others people who live, breathe and work among these incredible places.
Where Are You Really From?
Michael Hing is Australia's fourth or fifth favourite Asian-Australian comedian. And even though his family migrated from China more than 100 years ago, he still gets asked 'where are you really from?' all the time. Where Are You Really From? deals with serious issues like racism and integration, but with a playful heart.
Marry Me Marry My Family
Explore the chaotic and colourful road to intercultural relationships. Six couples try to straddle the gulf between cultures and the gap between their parents' relationships and their own dreams.
At WA's first Indigenous-run police station in Warakurna, two Noongar officers learn Yarnangu Lore and culture and master the local Ngaanyatjarra language to police in a more meaningful way.
Stream the documentary Our Law at SBS On Demand.
Who Gets to Stay in Australia?
Narrated by Brooke Satchwell, this series captures the life-changing moments of 13 permanent residency applicants and their families as they navigate their way through our complex, rigorous, ever-changing immigration system.