Exposed!/Tim Cahill: Made in China/Twin Peak
Imagine Googling your name and finding nude or intimate pictures of yourself splashed across the internet for the world to see. Worse still, it’s not only your photos but your name, address, where you work and other personal information. All posted without your consent. Revenge Porn has become one of the most disturbing trends on the internet; a tactic where jilted ex-lovers and hackers post private photos of women, to shame them online. It’s humiliating. It’s violating. Now a fight back has begun. A global movement of women determined to wrest back control, regain power and bring the men responsible to justice. On Sunday Night, PJ Madam gains extraordinary access inside one of America’s toughest prisons, a maximum security jail located outside San Diego. Inside she confronts Kevin Bollaert, the first person ever to be convicted of running a revenge porn site. He’s serving 18 years. It’s a compelling and tense interview within prison walls. We’ll meet three women, including Adelaide’s Amy Cornes, who’ve all been the victims of internet-humiliation and who are all taking on the creepy, faceless operators behind the shaming sites. This exclusive story will come as a timely warning to all parents and a vulnerable internet generation.
Tim Cahill: Made in China
China loves Tim Cahill. And Tim Cahill is loving life in China. Sunday Night’s Rahni Sadler goes on an access-all-areas tour with the Aussie superstar as he opens a window on the extraordinary, secretive world of the new force in global football – the China Super League. In a surprise move, our most celebrated player signed to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in February. Was it for the money? Tim Cahill reveals to Sunday Night exactly why he made the move in the face of much more lucrative deals. In China, football is a passion on a whole new scale. Tens of millions are obsessed. President Xi Jinping is a soccer fanatic and wants China to host and win a World Cup. Starting from the ground up, 6000 schools in China have a dedicated soccer teacher and that number will rise to 20,000 by 2017. With his own youth program in Australia, Tim’s new club is seeking his advice to help with their development strategies. On the field, the veteran player is wowing local crowds, demonstrating why he’s been described as the most exciting player Australia has produced. We go inside a Chinese Super League game and lift a lid on the unbridled enthusiasm of the crowd. As he opens up about his life in China, Tim Cahill gives his most candid interview yet, providing a rare glimpse into his private life, his thoughts on the FIFA controversy, his World Cup prospects and his efforts to build brand Cahill in a global enterprise. You will be transported into the captivating world of superstars, super money and super crowds as China aims for world domination.
One set of twins is something to behold. But four sets of twins. All naturally conceived and all in quick succession. That’s crazy! Well Emma and Loma Uhilla now have nine kids under the age of seven – three sets of girls twins, a boy and a girl and their eldest who arrived all by himself. The odds for this family are about 23 million to one. Sunday Night spends a bleary-eyed week with the Uhilla family to witness the controlled chaos, love and fun of an extraordinary outcome. Dr Andrew Rochford, who has twins of his own, has been spending time with the family and along the way he’s picking up priceless parenting tips. According to Dad, Loma, the secret is in the routine. Loma’s playing the long game. Sometime in the future he’ll be cared for by a team of doting sons and daughters. In this delightful Sunday Night family portrait Andrew Rochford put’s his own twin experience to the test, undertaking to care for the Uhilla tribe while mum and dad are treated to a rare night out. How will he go?
Creedence Clearwater Revealed/Slum Town Symphony/Perfectly Blunt
Creedence Clearwater Revealed
They were brothers and high school friends stitched together by a love of music and driven by a desire to ‘climb the mountain’ to the top of the world. With John Fogerty’s freakishly gifted song-writing skills, Creedence Clearwater Revival did just that with hit after hit – Proud Mary, Down on the Corner, Who’ll Stop the Rain, Looking Out My Back Door. As the ‘60s became the ‘70s they reigned with their catchy, clever, swampy rock. Then they blew up. Not just any old band break-up, Creedence Clearwater Revival exploded in a storm of law suits, threats and hatred. It became the toxic band collapse against which most others are measured. The musical genius John Fogerty couldn’t and wouldn’t perform the hits he created for decades. The rancour and ugliness continues to this day. Now, as John Fogerty releases his definitive account of the life and times of CCR, Sunday Night’s Peta-Jane Madam gains amazing new insights into the remarkable creative forces that made the band huge and the diabolical personality and management issues that drove them apart. But will one band members tragic revelation be enough to bring them back together before it’s too late?
Slum Town Symphony
They have nothing. Nothing but a mountainous garbage tip, the dollar-a-day work that comes with it and a hand-to-mouth life in the shanty town next door. And yet they’re joyously happy and love their life. That’s because it’s filled with beautiful music courtesy of one of the most unlikely and heartwarming ensembles ever brought together under a baton. Thanks to remarkable talents of one local resident, oil tins, chemical drums, forks, spoons, bottle tops and other discarded junk are transformed into violins, trumpets, drums and just about any other symphony instrument. And thanks to the dedication of a music teacher, kids are getting a chance to develop their skills and a future in music. There are even some prodigies among the group. Sunday Night spent a week with the musicians of the junkyard orchestra and their families, discovering what extraordinary beauty is possible from the barest means. Today Paraguay’s junkyard orchestra tours the world, sometimes performing in classical concert halls and sometimes with major international rock bands like Metallica. They haven’t been to Australia – yet. So Sunday Night is thrilled to introduce you to these extraordinary musicians and their triumphant, uplifting story.
James Blunt burst from obscurity to become one of the biggest selling artists of the new millennium. His soulful songs have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and are still on high rotation. Popularity, however, became the problem. High exposure and the high rotation of his heartfelt hits brought a backlash. More like a tidal wave. James Blunt went from being loved to being loathed. But, as fans of Seven’s The X Factor are discovering, James can give as good as he gets. He took on the haters and won, using his quick wit to turn the tide on social media trolls. James has become something of a cult hero in the Twitter-sphere for his withering comebacks. Sunday Night’s Rahni Sadler travels to the Spanish island of Ibiza, James’ home since he topped the charts with You’re Beautiful. It’s a wild ride through the clubbing mecca – surprisingly James’ natural habitat, as he reveals his feelings about the backlash, the inspiration for his songs and the benefits of not taking yourself too seriously. And James doesn’t have to try too hard to put all the criticism into perspective. Prior to his music career, James was a Captain in the British Army and served in the Balkans during the Kosovo War. He opens up about the devastation he witnessed and the difficulty of returning to normal life.
The Contraceptive Controversy/Race to the Clouds/Eyes Wide Open – New Hope
The Contraceptive Controversy
It’s been hailed as a no-fuss, straight-forward and safe contraceptive solution. Women who no longer wanted to fall pregnant could have this simple device implanted without surgery in a 15-minute procedure and it would effectively sterilize them, permanently. No more pills, no more troublesome IUDs. It was hoped this approach, developed in part by an Adelaide specialist, would revolutionize female reproductive health around the world. So far 750, 000 women have been sold on its safety and reliability and had it implanted. But thousands of those women are now reporting major complications, excruciating pain, haemorrhaging and punctured organs. Some have seen the implant migrate to other parts of their body or shatter into small pieces. Many have fallen pregnant. Some women have died. In this global investigation, Sunday Night exposes the dangerous, even fatal flaws in this popular contraceptive and explores nightmare cases where women have been forced to undergo multiple, highly invasive operations to deal with its complications. We examine the experience of one Australian patient who fell pregnant three times despite the manufacturer’s claims of near certain prevention. Sunday Night’s Dr Andrew Rochford discovers many of these women are fighting back, determined to hold the manufacturer to account and to get the device withdrawn from the market. And they’ve got a powerful ally on their side. Legendary consumer advocate and determined campaigner Erin Brockovich is on the case with a withering assessment of the company behind the device, the regulatory flaws that allowed it to be declared safe without proper independent study and that now prevent many women from suing the manufacturer for damages.
Race to the Clouds
Strap in for the ride of your life. For 51 weeks a year, Pikes Peak, one of the highest mountains in Colorado, is a sleeping giant, peacefully smiling down upon the tens of thousands of visitors who take in the spectacular scenery. But for that other week, the giant is awake, daring the bravest of the brave in one of motorsport’s most perilous challenges – a race to the summit around the twisting, turning, cliff-clinging road to the summit. Mistakes are fatal and Sunday Night reporter Denham Hitchcock came as close to danger as you could get. During race practice, Denham witnessed a tragic accident that saw one young motorcyclist Carl Sorenson lose his life. Carl was not the first to die here doing what he loved and he won’t be the last. This year we buckle-up alongside local female driver, Lori Wood in her “four-wheeled missile” and hold our breath for the high-speed antics of Aussie daredevils Nathan Barker and Jeff Denmeade. It’s a battle of wills, of pushing to the edge of the envelope without spiralling over a massive, deadly drop. It’s an exhilarating Sunday Night adventure story.
Eyes Wide Open – New Hope
They were on a rollicking adventure to see as many of the world’s wonders as they could before they could see them no more. A few months ago, Sunday Night introduced audiences to the White family from Sydney. Mum, Beth, has been blind since her early 20s with a rare form of Retinitis Pigmentosa. She and husband David hoped the children wouldn’t inherit the genetic condition, but they did. Kathryn, Samuel and Matthew would go blind by the time they reached adulthood. Instead of being overwhelmed by their future, the Whites scrimped and saved and set off on a trip to see and do all they could before the children’s blindness set in. Following our story, public donations enabled a medical team to fire up urgent research. Now, that’s brought real hope. In a world first, they’ve isolated the gene that caused the disease and they’ve begun applying their discovery in treatment for the children. It means they’re one step closer in a long battle to restoring their sight. This medical breakthrough has the potential to help thousands of others suffering genetic eye conditions. For the White family, it’s a race against time. Will the treatment arrest their deteriorating sight before it’s too late?
Saved/Life is Beautiful/The End of the Adventure
Australians who have holidayed in Thailand will have seen it or sensed it. Appallingly, some even participate in it. But when Aussie tradie Tony Kirwan saw the exploitation rampant in Thailand’s booming sex industry he didn’t turn a blind eye. He decided to end it, one child at a time. Tony sold his electrician business, moved his family to Bangkok and committed himself to rescuing underage girls from sex slavery and human trafficking. His organisation Destiny Rescue has now organised or facilitated the rescue of more than 1300 girls from the sex trade and given them shelter, education and the opportunity to rebuild their lives. Tony and his band of rescuers work in close co-operation with local law enforcement to liberate girls, shut down clubs and bring the stand-over merchants to justice. In this unflinching and dangerous assignment, Sunday Night’s Denham Hitchcock takes us into the clandestine corners of Thailand’s sleazy, inhuman sex industry to explore the extent of what can only be described as slavery. Then we’re there as Tony and his crack team put effect to months, even years, of precise planning and rescue children from seedy nightclubs and brothels. We see girls saved, lives fundamentally changed for the better and the exploiters arrested. Around the world, the International Labour Organisation estimates 27 million men, women and children are enslaved. This story focusses on one determined group trying to make a difference in our own neighbourhood. They’re led by dads who want Australian men to be the heroes, not the villains.
Life is Beautiful
She’s seen and suffered the very worst of humanity and yet Perth grandmother Hetty Verolme believes life is beautiful, to be celebrated and squeezes the most out of every second of every day. At 85, Hetty has an indomitable exuberance and she’s aiming to teach us all her life lessons for happiness. Hetty survived one of Nazi Germany’s most infamous institutions, Bergen Belsen concentration camp. But she also helped more than 40 other children to survive the brutality and deprivation of Belsen with her enthusiasm, love and encouragement. She created distractions for the kids, organising games and shows. She hatched more than a few brazen schemes to steal food, confound the guards and undermine the authority of her captors. At just 14, Hetty was nicknamed ‘The Little Mother’. Sunday Night’s Rahni Sadler travels back to Bergen Belsen with Hetty for this inspirational story of hope despite the odds. Our cameras are there when Hetty is reunited with some of the children she helped to save, 70 years after they left the camp. Now Hetty spreads her message of hope to children across Australia. No matter what has happened to you, always believe that tomorrow will be a better day.
The End of the Adventure
In many ways they were Australia’s ultimate grey nomads. But where they went, they didn’t need campervans. They travelled to the country’s most hidden, unseen corners in their helicopter and if there were any signs of anyone else within hundreds of kilometres, their destinations weren’t remote enough. Richard and Carolyn Green took Sunday Night on one of their special adventures a few years ago. Reporter Alex Cullen was struck by their love of the outback, their passion for the environment and their determination to see it their way. Richard captured many of their hideaways with his striking photography in his relentless effort to acquaint Australians with the importance of their natural wonders. Now the adventure is over. Richard, Carolyn and another ground-breaking adventurer and devout environmentalist, John Davis, perished when their chopper crashed on the way home from a bush gathering of coal-mining protesters. Alex explores the trio’s legacy with their mutual friend and fellow adventurer, Dick Smith, and John’s widow, Felicity. We also examine claims Richard pushed the envelope as a chopper pilot and courted trouble with the aviation regulators.
An Australian in Paris/A Fatal Distraction/The Happiest Days
An Australian in Paris
Emilie Gassin had fallen in love with Paris. The young Australian musician settled in the city seven years ago to carve out a career performing and recording. Her career was growing strongly as was her following and her circle of friends. The gifted singer/songwriter was living her dream. Then terror struck in the heart of Emilie’s community and took two of her mates. One was among those gunned down by terrorists inside the Bataclan concert hall, the other shot at a neighbourhood café sipping coffee with his girlfriend. It was a senseless, brutal wave of coordinated assaults on one of the world’s great cities and its people and it shocked the world. In this powerful and compelling Sunday Night exclusive, Emilie recounts the harrowing events of the night, the frenzied efforts to find her friends and heartbreaking discovery that they had perished along with scores of other Parisians. Sunday Night’s Melissa Doyle also sheds new light on the events that unfolded inside the Bataclan concert hall, as a survivor recounts for the first time her desperate efforts to elude the rampaging gunmen to stay alive. Ultimately though, this is a story of hope and redemption through Emilie’s efforts to help heal her beloved new city, alongside other musicians and artists who are all determined the terror attacks will not change the heart of Paris or the French way of life.
A Fatal Distraction
It’s inconceivable, isn’t it? How can a loving mum or a doting dad forget they’d left their baby in the back of their car? Well, it’s a heartbreaking occurrence that’s far more frequent than you might expect. And according to experts, any parent is vulnerable to this tragedy because our brains can play tricks on us, even when it comes to the safety of the ones we love and care for the most. On the cusp of another baking summer, Sunday Night examines the phenomenon of Forgotten Baby Syndrome that’s claimed a number of little lives in Australia, and an average of 37 babies and toddlers each year in the United States. Sunday Night’s PJ Madam explores the cases of two American mothers who forgot about their baby sons in almost identical circumstances. Both children died. Lyn Balfour lost her nine-month-old son Bryce after leaving him in her SUV for seven hours while she worked. Stephanie Salvilla left her five-month-old son Gannon in the car for eight hours. Neuroscientist Professor David Diamond explains how this phenomenon could happen to anyone. It’s not bad parenting, he says, it’s the way we’re wired. He explains that sometimes our memory fails us even when it comes to things as precious as children. It’s an argument he’s taken to court in the United States and in Australia in defence of parents who lost their children in this way. With the hot months already here, this is a must-see special investigation for all parents.
The Happiest Days
He’s done it all. Directed box-office blockbusters, critically-acclaimed ground-breakers, won a room full of awards including an Oscar, and managed to harness and guide the talents of some of the world’s (make that Australia’s) most challenging actors into some of Hollywood’s most memorable performances. Ron Howard has ascended to the very top of one of the world’s most cut-throat and competitive businesses. Yet he remains the nicest of guys. And, the world still thinks of him as the adorable square Richie Cunningham from the long-running hit TV series Happy Days. In this remarkable open and candid interview with Sunday Night’s Rahni Sadler, Ron Howard opens up on a number of new fronts. He reveals the real reason he took on the role of Richie, he marvels at the talent of the array of Australian stars he’s worked with and talks about how even he, a heavyweight Hollywood director, struggles to get movies he wants to make funded and made. It’s been a very tough week for the world. Time for some Happier Days.