• (L–R) '21 Up', 'What Does Australia Really Think About...', 'Life After People', 'The Beach' (SBS)Source: SBS
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SBS Guide

20 Aug 2021 - 9:09 AM  UPDATED 20 Aug 2021 - 9:09 AM

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.

SBS asks: 'What Does Australia Really Think About' ….Disability? Old People? Obesity?
This new documentary series hosted by Kurt Fearnley, Noni Hazlehurst and Casey Donovan premieres 18 August, 8.30pm on SBS.

What Does Australia Really Think About… premieres 8.30pm Wednesday 18 August on SBS and SBS On Demand. The three-part series continues weekly. Episodes will be repeated at 10.15pm Mondays on SBS VICELAND from 23 August.

Episodes are available to stream in Arabic, Korean, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

Join the conversation on social #AusThinks


Up series

Nine instalments. Fifty-five years. One astonishing snapshot of life as it happens. The ground-breaking, award-winning documentary series from director Michael Apted returns to visit the people every seven years beginning in 1964 when they were seven. The series is a window into many different lives and there are some unexpected and surprising twists along the way. Sadly Michael Apted passed away at 79 earlier this year. Not just an acclaimed documentarian he also directed Oscar-nominated feature films including Coal Miner’s Daughter and Gorillas in the Mist

Up Series (7 Up – 63 Up) is now streaming at SBS On Demand.


The Beach

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton’s international success has come at a personal cost. He has reached a crossroads in his life and something has to change. He has chosen to give up life in the fast lane for a while, to go it alone, on an isolated beach in one of the most beautiful yet brutal environments in the world. Can he transform and heal his life? This six-part series joins Thornton in his tiny hut by the water in Jilirr, on the Dampier Peninsula in remote north-western WA. Will the isolation give him a chance to see a different future? 

Review: Warwick Thornton’s The Beach is a delicate conversation with Country
Senior lecturer Brooke Collins-Gearing from Newcastle University gives an in-depth review of Warwick Thornton's "The Beach" premiering tonight.

The Beach is now streaming at SBS On Demand.


Scientology and the Aftermath

Actor Leah Remini (The King of Queens) was only 9 when her family became Scientologists. Remini tells the story of her dramatic and often painful personal journey through Scientology, from joining as a child to abruptly leaving in 2013. Determined to reveal the truth of what’s really going on in her former Church, she will help rescue Scientologists desperate to leave.

Get to know Scientology’s biggest dissenters
Leah Remini is not the only former Scientologist making claims about the Church of Scientology. And the Church gives as good as it gets.
How Leah Remini is taking on Scientology
Former elite Scientologist Leah Remini is using what she knows to take down her former church – and they don’t like it at all.

Scientology and the Aftermath seasons 1–3 are now streaming at SBS On Demand.


Planet Expedition

Join BAFTA-winning British explorer, naturalist, presenter and writer Steve Backshall as he undertakes a series of expeditions through challenging and unexplored regions. The expedition begins in the Arctic at the most volatile and dangerous time of year, the spring melt. It’s an undertaking so challenging it has never been attempted before. The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the planet. Steve and his team want to understand how the rising temperatures here are affecting the environment, wildlife and the local people. He then explores Mexico, Suriname, Bhutan, the Oman desert and Borneo. 

Planet Expedition is now streaming at SBS On Demand.


Life After People

What might Earth be like if the human race were suddenly to disappear? This series explores and visualises a post-human future, revealing the fate of structures like the Brooklyn Bridge and Big Ben and creatures that might inherit the places we once lived. Supporting the visuals and special effects are interviews with specialists from the fields of engineering, botany, biology, geology and archaeology.

Life After People is now streaming at SBS On Demand.


The Unxplained with William Shatner

From the producers of Ancient Aliens and The Curse of Oak Island comes The Unxplained with William Shatner, a series that explores the world’s most fascinating, strange and inexplicable mysteries. Hosted and executive produced by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor William Shatner (Star Trek) each episode features compelling contributions from scientists, historians, witnesses and experiencers – each seeking to shed light on how the seemingly impossible actually can happen. From mysterious structures (like Florida’s Coral Castle) and so-called “evil” places (like the Aokigahara Forest in Japan) to strange creatures (like the Mothman) and tales of incredible survival, this series explores subjects that have mystified humankind for centuries. 

The Unxplained with William Shatner is now streaming at SBS On Demand.


VICE Investigates

From the award-winning producers and correspondents at VICE News, VICE Investigates features stories told through a distinct reporting lens, offering immersive narratives and fresh perspectives on the important and sometimes controversial issues defining today’s culture. Across 8 episodes in season 1, topics include Gun Culture, Anti-vaxxers, the K-Pop industry and navigating artistic freedom in Putin’s Russia with Russian hip-hop.

VICE Investigates is now streaming at SBS On Demand. Start with episode 1, ‘Amazon on fire’:


The Devil You Know

In season 1 of this true crime docu-series, journalist Chad Nance races to learn the truth when human remains are found in the North Carolina home of self-proclaimed Satanist Pazuzu Algarad. The second season follows the stories of two macabre deaths: a bizarre murder in Pennsylvania and a suicide in Detroit that reveals Sherry Shriner’s diabolical lizard cult.

The facts behind the satanic slayings in ‘The Devil You Know’
The Pazuzu Algarad killings made the news across America. Now a new documentary series promises to deliver the facts behind this devil-worshipper accused of running a murderous cult.
It’s a satanic panic in ‘The Devil You Know’
What made a young man in a small town into a Satan-worshipping criminal? And why did it take the police so long to stop his murder spree?

The Devil You Know seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming at SBS On Demand. Start at season 1:

Jump to season 2:


Is Australia Sexist?

Australian society is built on the idea of everyone getting a fair go. In the era of #MeToo and with the global movement for gender equality growing, it’s time we ask ourselves whether that is actually the case. Writer, TV presenter, radio host and passionate advocate for gender equality, Yumi Stynes, wants to find out. Stynes goes undercover to expose the truth of sexism in Australia in 2018.

Is Australia Sexist? is now streaming at SBS On Demand. It is also available with Chinese subtitles.  


Explore more documentary series and factual favourites at SBS On Demand.


New crime series ‘Outlier’ brings Western notes to Nordic noir
Set in a remote town in northern Norway’s rugged Sami country, ‘Outlier’ is not so much a Western as a Northern.
Nordic Noir meets ‘The Bourne Identity’ in ‘The Machinery’
One man, one bag of stolen money, one gun, and a whole lot of people who want to catch up to him; Olle Hulten is about to find himself tangled up in ‘The Machinery’.
'Australia Uncovered': SBS presents compelling stories and hidden issues in new documentaries
From the Bowraville murders to the crippling effects of anxiety, eight prime-time documentaries from Australia's best filmmakers will be unveiled in 'Australia Uncovered', starting Sunday 12 September at 8:30pm on SBS.
"None of us is safe": 'War of the Worlds' Season 2 is almost here
Are you ready? Get a sneak preview of the new season, rewatch Season 1 to remind yourself of just how good Gabriel Byrne and co are, and then get set to hold on tight. It all starts August 18.
SBS On Demand comedy 'Iggy & Ace' is going to crash into your heart
What happens when the party is over?
Five things that made ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ a show we’re really going to miss
There’s been a lot to love about ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ over the years. With the final season upon us, here are five things we’re hoping to see one last time.
How to watch the final season of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' on SBS and SBS On Demand
The eighth and final season of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' is being fast-tracked to SBS On Demand and SBS from 13 August, and you don't want to miss a single episode. Nine-Nine!