In many cultures, age and wisdom are admirable things. While Western society lives and dies with the latest pop princess outburst, others value content over cuteness and thoughtfulness over celebrity.
Elders is a series which seeks out six of the ‘elders of our tribe’ – matriarchs and patriarchs all over the age of 65. Hosted by Andrew Denton (of Enough Rope fame), the series tracks down great minds (such as Sir David Attenborough, Isabel Allende and doyenne of the White House Press Corps, Helen Thomas) to examine their histories, and their take on the world around them.
Though viewers all claim to hate the celebrity culture they love, this series is a welcome breath of fresh air; a sensible island in a sea of stupidity. Entertaining and insightful, it’s almost enough to give one hope for the future of our culture. Partners: Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Zapruder’s Other Films (Chippendale), distributed through ABC Commercial
Wrapped: June 2008, aired on ABC1 in June
Length: 6 x 33- to 51-minutes
Rights available: All, worldwide