UK pubcaster BBC3 has commissioned a two-part series featuring award-winning filmmaker Reggie Yates as he investigates the 21st century issues facing youth in Australia.
Produced by British factual indie Sundog Pictures, Reggie Yates: Hidden Australia (2 x 48 minutes; pictured) will follow Yates across the Australian Outback to explore why the country’s indigenous Aboriginals suffer from such extreme social deprivation, inequality and generations of institutionalized racism.
In part two of the special, Yates will head south to the state of Victoria to examine why crystal methamphetamine, otherwise known as Ice, has taken hold of Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne. The episode will reveal the devastating grip the drug has had on people’s lives by meeting users from different ends of society about to enter rehab.
Sundog’s Sam Anthony and Dov Freedman serve as executive producers on the series, with Yates serving as an associate producer. The two-part special was commissioned by BBC’s commissioning editor of documentaries Jamie Balment.
The commission marks the latest series from Sundog to build on the successes of Reggie Yates, which have previously included Reggie Yates: Extreme South Africa, the RTS award-winning Reggie Yates: Extreme Russia, and most recently Reggie Yates: Life and Death Chicago.
“Although Australia is one of the richest nations on earth, many of its young people suffer from drug addiction, racism and inequality- exactly the kind of powerful stories we like to tell at Sundog, and Reggie is the perfect presenter to help bring them to life in a really accessible way,” said Sam Anthony, creative director at Sundog Pictures, in a statement.