Extraordinary stories of ordinary people. ABC’s documentary program Australian Story has been telling authentic first-person stories for more than two decades. This is how it all began.
This one-hour 20th anniversary special, which aired on ABC TV in 2016, explores how the program started, the Australian Story “magic ingredient” to success, the cinematic secrets and looks back at some of the most memorable stories over the years.
You can watch the latest Australian Story episodes on this playlist:
2:09 — The Beginning: How Australian Story started on the ABC
5:25 — Family matters: The process of filming in people’s homes and lives
10:49– The Big Picture: How Australian Story camera operators capture the magic and the cinematic look through editing
12:27 — Going Bush: Telling stories of rural and regional Australia
18:00 — Public lives, private battles: Revealing personal stories of celebrities including Garry McDonald, Hazel Hawke and Jacki Weaver.
36:11 — Corridors of Power: Political stories and the personal stories behind our leaders including Natasha Stott Despoja, Malcolm Turnbull and Pauline Hanson.
42:45 — The Sporting Life: Australian Story’s biggest sporting stories including Anna Meares, Layne Beachley, Grant Hackett and Greg Norman.
48:59 — Modern Family: The most memorable and controversial family stories that explore IVF, fertility, adoption, sperm donation and same-sex relationships.
Watch more Australian Story documentaries here:
You can also like us on Facebook:
Follow us on Twitter:
About Australian Story: Putting the “real” back into reality television, Australian Story is an award-winning documentary series with no narrator and no agendas — just authentic stories told entirely in people’s own words. Take 30 minutes to immerse yourself in the life of an extraordinary Australian. They’re sometimes high profile, sometimes controversial, but always compelling. It’s television guaranteed to make you think and feel. New episodes are available every Monday.