Australian Story

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Australian Story
Genre Documentary
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 19
Running time 30 minutes
Original network ABC
ABC News 24
Original release 1996 – present
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Australian Story is a national weekly reality documentary series produced and broadcast on ABC Television. Since 1996 Australian Story has featured many Australians from diverse backgrounds and reputations. Examples include Hazel Hawke, rugby league coach Wayne Bennett, Australia's first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard, comedian & broadcaster Red Symons, actor and author William McInnes, former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth, the founders of fashion label Sass & bide, art-activist Van Rudd, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and actress and singer Belinda Emmett. Lower profile Australians have also been profiled, such as Sabina Wolanski who was the Holocaust survivor chosen to represent the six million dead at the opening of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.[1]

There is no reporter narration—the stories are 'told' by the profile subjects and other individuals such as friends, family, colleagues and critics. The program aims to present a varied and contrasting picture of contemporary Australia and Australians, both known and unknown.

But on the whole, the personal approach to story-telling has been very well received with the program winning many awards including seven Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism and four consecutive Logie Awards. It attracts an average audience of one million viewers each week making it one of the most popular programs on ABC Television.

Distinguished broadcaster Caroline Jones is a specialist contributor and occasional presenter. Most weeks the series has special guest presenters including Academy Award winners Nicole Kidman, Matt Damon, Mel Gibson and Russell Crowe; politicians John Howard – the former Prime Minister of Australia – and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter; supermodels Heidi Klum and Elle Macpherson; musicians Paul Kelly, Kylie Minogue, John Butler, Jimmy Barnes, Delta Goodrem and Elton John and elite sportspeople Harry Kewell, Mick Doohan, Craig Lowndes, Rod Laver, Dawn Fraser, Richie Vaculik, Mark Matthews (surfer) and Shane Gould.

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