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SBS explores Australian diversity in 2017 slate

Hybrid-funded Australian pubcaster SBS has unveiled its programming lineup for the summer, fall and winter seasons ahead. Anchoring the lineup for the year to come is social experiment docuseries Look Me ...
July 18, 2017

Hybrid-funded Australian pubcaster SBS has unveiled its programming lineup for the summer, fall and winter seasons ahead.

Anchoring the lineup for the year to come is social experiment docuseries Look Me in the Eye (Sept. 6). Hosted by Ray Martin, the 6 x 60-minute series explores what happens when two estranged Australians from a range of backgrounds come face to face — without conversation — to look each other in the eye.

The cinéma vérité docuseries The Obesity Myth, meanwhile, will look to break down social barriers by challenging commonly held views of obesity. The series follows the struggles of morbidly obese patients and their families as they undergo the weight loss program at Melbourne’s Austin Hosptial. The regimen uses a combination of diet, medication and bariatric surgery, and serves as a last resort for many patients who are at risk of early death due to their weight.

Also premiering in September is the Greig Pickhaver-presented Secrets of Our Cities from Joined Up Films, which looks to uncover “buried stories of hope, success and tales of hardship” lurking in Australian suburbs; while slow TV documentary The Ghan (December 2017) will take viewers on an immersive journey across Australia’s most iconic passenger train, from Adelaide to Darwin.

Elsewhere, Keo Films’ obs-doc Struggle Street will provide a voice to the nearly three million Australians living below the poverty line by presenting stories of resilience slated to explore the complex issues of social and economic hardship.

Free-to-air channel SBS Viceland, the Australian version of Viceland which replaced Australian channel SBS 2 in November, will begin airing a raft of new programming that includes Earthworks (July 22), which celebrates global sustainability through musical expeditions; Motherboard (July 26), which profiles new technologies, cultures and discoveries that are constantly reshaping our planet; Rise (pictured; July 27), following Indigenous resistance leader Sarain Carson-Fox to various Indigenous American communities that are protecting their homelands; and cult-hit Chinese dating show If You Are the One, in which a panel of 24 eligible bachelors fight for the attention of one woman in front of a live audience.

Culinary programming will also be front-and-center on the Aussie network, with programming en route that includes Essential Media’s Gourmet Farmer: Fat Pig Kitchen and Kismet Productions’ Food Safari Earth.

Gourmet Farmer: Fat Pig Kitchen, which debuts Aug. 3, follows food critic turned farmer turned restaurateur Matthew Evans as he builds his own farm-to-table restaurant, serving up only what he grows and rears on his own farm and from the local communities.

Kismet’s Food Safari Earth, expected October 2017, features Maeve O’Meara as she explores more vegetable-based eating for environmental, religious and health benefits.

Finally, each episode of Food Lab by Ben Milbourne for SBS Food Network (November 2017) will combine food, fun and picturesque locations to empower viewers to become better food creators by detailing the science behind cooking.

For a full list of programs scheduled to premiere across the Australian pubcaster, click here.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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