Bearcage begins “Building Australia”

Canberra-based production company Bearcage has begun production on a six-part series called Building Australia, to premiere on Foxtel's History Channel.
February 26, 2013

Canberra-based production company Bearcage has begun production on a six-part series called Building Australia, to premiere on Foxtel’s History Channel.

Hosted by John Doyle, the series explores the hidden history of Australian styles of houses throughout the country, including the terrace, Queenslander, homestead, Federation House, Weekender and the Suburban House.

The series marks the first time that Foxtel’s History Channel has teamed up with Screen Australia, Bearcage, John Doyle and the National Trust, the latter of which will facilitate access to Australia’s heritage buildings.

Building Australia is directed by Serge Ou, written by Michael Cove and produced by Bearcage’s Michael Tear and Harriet Pike.

“The classic Australian house, whether it be The Queenslander, the city Terrace or country shack, are wonderful physical remnants of Australia’s social and economic past,” said Jim Buchan, general manager of factual at Foxtel. “This series will illuminate the most interesting aspects of our collective history through these iconic Australian homes.”

Bearcage’s managing director and co-founder Michael Tear added: “John Doyle will host Building Australia which, across six episodes, will traverse our country both geographically and historically, as we look at how our homes have shaped Australian life and culture, and vice versa.”

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