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National Features & Documentary Series

CBAA Web Articles., 12th September 2014

The 12 pieces made for the inaugural Documentary & Features Competition, run by the CBAA and the CMTO, are ready for airtime. These will be available to stations for local broadcast through the CRN programming service in October and November.

Hear a 6-minute preview here.

Download cue sheets here.

More information about the documentary project, including a blog for each feature, is available here.

Wednesday 1 October

Tales From The Well - stories about water, place and memory (Radio Adelaide) - 39 mins - Extras 1 at 13:04 EST
What do you think about the water that comes out of the tap at your house? Do you like the taste? Or do you get drinking water from somewhere else – the shop... a rainwater tank....a public water machine maybe? In Adelaide the water’s renowned for being the worst in the country. People go to great lengths to get good drinking water from anywhere but the tap. The West End Brewery Charity Fountain on Port Road in Thebarton has raised over two million dollars from people collecting water. So producer Nikki Marcel went to find out – what’s so good about the water there?

What We Talk About When We Talk About Music (PBS-FM) - 30 mins - Extras 1 at 13:04 EST
Every Wednesday evening, in the Western Melbourne suburb of Footscray, a music group meets. To its members, it is more than a music group. It is a community…a family…it’s relief…it’s a therapy. The music group consists of members of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. In this piece, we will hear from the musicians and be invited in to the activities of the group.

Wednesday 8 October

To the Motherland: Korean Australian adoptees searching for birth family (4EB) - 55'50 mins - Extras 2 at 14:04 EDT (note Daylight Saving time)
Over 150,000 Koreans have been adopted overseas since the Korean War Armistice in 1954. Ellie Freeman is one of them. When Ellie met a Korean American adoptee in early 2013 who mentioned that some adoption files are falsified, she wanted suddenly to find out the truth. She returned to Korea for the first time since she was born and searched for her birth parents. Along the way, Ellie met other Korean adoptees, learned more about adoption and - unexpectedly - found her birth family. She tells her own story of birth family reunion in Korea along with the voices of other Korean Australian adoptees, academics and activists - to give an insight into adoptees' reality.

No Tunnel No Way (3CR) - 30 mins - Extras 2 at 14:04 EDT
In 2013 the Victorian Coalition Government resurrected the East West Link Project – a tunnel and freeway link that cuts across inner city suburbs and public land to link the Gippsland side of Melbourne to Western Port. The public outcry reached far into 2014. This documentary covers the community protest as the state moves towards the Novemver 2014 election.

Wednesday 15 October
This Is Not A Test – Riot Grrrls In The New World (4ZZZ) - 43 mins - Extras 1 at 13:04 EDT
An exploration of women, feminism and music in Brisbane. The documentary is based on the premise that music tells the story of who we are, and the Riot Grrl movement was instrumental in bringing women to the front of rock music.  But what bearing has the movement had in contemporary Australia, and contemporary women in music? Tiarney Miekus finds out.

A Harp Player Called Uncle (2TLC) - 33 mins - Extras 2 at 14:04 EDT
During a lunch break at work, Wayne, the presenter of this feature, was told a story about a man who played harmonica. Wayne often wondered, what happened to that old harp player. 14 years later he goes in search of the harmonica player called ‘Uncle’John Eyres and the band called Mickey Finn. Here he finds the history of the band and what influenced this harmonica as a player. From Kings Cross to the Largs Pier Hotel in Adelaide, in search of a harp player called Uncle.

Wednesday 22 October
#CityOfLove (2XX) - 55 mins - Extras 1 at 13:04 EDT
Canberra. It’s boring. It’s full of public servants. There are too many roundabouts. Or so they say. But in 2013… Canberra became the ‘City of Love' as dozens of same-sex couples came to the capital to get married… after the ACT government passed equal marriage laws. But how did Canberra become the focal point for the equal marriage movement in Australia? Let’s take a trip to the Territory to find out.

What’s Up, Skip? (3CR) - 30 mins - Extras 2 at 14:04 EDT
Kangaroos are an iconic and much loved Australian animal. Along with the emu, the kangaroo was chosen to be featured on the Australian coat of arms - a symbol of progress - as both animals are believed to only move forward, never backwards. But has Australian progress been kind to the kangaroo? Kate Elliott takes a closer look at the issue in this radio feature exploring the Australian kangaroo – past and present.

Wednesday 29 October
Special K - Hope in a Horse Tranquilizer (4ZZZ) - 24 mins - Extras 1 at 13:04 EDT
Mental illness is something many people will be affected by, but a topic few people talk openly about. This feature from Brisbane producer Saskia Edwards aims to have an honest discussion about mental illness and new steps in treating different conditions.

Autism and Humanity - Understanding ASD (Wild Horse FM) - 30 mins - Extras 2 at 14:04 EDT
Did you know that one in every 8 people are diagnosed with Autism. What is Autism? there is little know and understood about why and what it is. Many may know or hear about someone that has ASPERGERS but is Autism really a disability or is it our perception of being different that is the barrier to acceptance. Melanie Doheny sheds some light on Autism Spectrum Disorder and how we should be dealing with it.

Wednesday 5 November

No Gas, Go Gas (2SER)
Details TBC.

Another Stolen Generation (Noongar Radio) - 53 mins - Extras 2 at 14:04 EDT
In Western Australia, Aboriginal children make up more than half of all children in out-of-home care or what is known as foster care. Yet Aboriginal children only make up 5 per cent of the population in the state. Aboriginal foster carer Carol Dowling goes on a journey to investigate whether she and her community are witnessing yet another stolen generation.


Make sure you've ordered Extras 1 and Extras 2 to capture this 12-part series. Not using the DDN system? Contact CRN direct for file access.

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Over 150,000 Koreans have been adopted overseas since the Korean War Armistice in 1954. And I am one of them.


In Sydney 2000 my mate Budgie was telling me a story of a band that he saw in Adelaide in 1980. Budgie recalls a harmonica player that played hard and a band that shook the foundations of the Arkabar Hotel in Adelaide.


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