FOXTEL’s Bio. channel continues its commitment to bringing Australian stories to Australian audiences with the premiere of the exclusive series As Australian As… in which eminent figures, such as Catherine Freeman, Alex Perry and Professor Fiona Stanley, share the experiences that shaped their sense of our national identity.
Premiering May 3, Mondays at 9.30pm (AEST) on Bio., the As Australian As… series features 10 Australians, from fields as diverse as entertainment, medicine, science, fashion and sport, each telling a story close to their heart, about what being Australian means to them.
Catherine Freeman takes us to Palm Island to share the story of the strong woman who has inspired an Australian champion – her mother.
Fashion designer Alex Perry, remembers a glamorous Athenian woman that revealed to him the importance of “style” and set him on a path to becoming one of Australia’s premier eveningwear designers.
Political journalist George Negus, a self-confessed “football tragic”, tells us why Australia’s performances at the World Cup have been amongst the highest – and lowest – points of his whole life.
John Wood, one of Australia’s best loved actors, remembers the importance of tradition in three stories that are related by their respect for the significance of the past – restoring veteran cars, naval vessel the Cerberus and the Roxy Picture Palace.
Former Australian of the year Professor Fiona Stanley, explains the experiences, in the practice of medicine, that have set the direction of her life. She discusses whether closing the gap between the health and welfare of Indigenous Australians and the rest of the population is merely a matter of giving people a “fair go” or something to put in the “too hard basket”.
Anne Summers’ career has included key appointments in the public sector, journalism and as an author. To consider what it means to be As Australian As…, Anne introduces us to the work of artists who have seen and responded to Australia in very different ways over the years.
As Australian As… is produced by Bearcage exclusively for the Bio. channel and FOXTEL. The 10 episode series premieres with Catherine Freeman’s story on May 3, Mondays at 9.30pm AEST on Bio. with encore screenings Sundays at 7.00pm AEST.