Pacific World Scene

Pacific- list of articles in the section Pacific World Scene

  • Nurturing the spirit: Aboriginal artists
    Aboriginal art and music is receiving growing international recognition. To mark the UN Year of the Indigenous People, Eric Beauchemin visits Melville Island, north of the Australian city of Darwin and home to one of the most dynamic centres of …
  • Australian food and wine
    Dheera Sujan checks out a very trendy bush tucker restaurant which serves anything from witchety grubs to camal and crocodile stakes, plus a lot of exotic bush fruit. Of course, Dheera had to sample a lot of the wares. Then she is off to a popular …
  • VOC ship Duyfken
    Dheera Sujan happened to be in Perth when Crown Prince Willem-Alexander laid the keel for the replica of the VOC ship Duyfken, which brought the first white man to Western Australia. At the same time, she visited an exhibition on the early Dutch …
  • Phillip Adams on Australian racism
    While in Australia, Dheera Sujan met a popular Aboriginal girl group who seemed to illustrate the success of Australia’s multi-culturalism. Not true, the girls say. Racism is ever present, a view that is shared by one of the country’s …
  • The Australian film industry
    Dheera Sujan examines the growing popularity of Australian films: Priscilla, Strictly Ballroom, Shine, etc., and Australian directors like Fred Shepski, Baz Lurhmann, Bruce Beresford, etc. How healthy is the industry itself? Her guests include …
  • Cirque du Soleil & Circus Oz
    Dheera Sujan goes to the circus, not to the sort that has performing animals and smells of sawdust. Instead it is the sort in which people create the wonder and magic. Cirque du Soleil is the hugely successful Canadian-based outfit, with four …
  • Australian writer Tim Winton
    Dheera Sujan meets Western Australian writer Tim Winton. He was the boy wonder of Australian literature, published novels at an early age and won important literary awards in Oz and is a Booker Prize nominee. He is a frequent visitor to Amsterdam, …
  • Joan Sutherland
    In this gem from our archives, arts producer Nevil Gray speaks with fellow Australian, Dame Joan Sutherland (1926-2010), one of the great opera sopranos of the 20th century. In 1982, Nevil caught up with Dame Sutherland in Amsterdam, where she was …
  • Yuin sheep station in Western Australia
    Dheera Sujan visits an 800,000 acre sheep station in the red heart (semi-desert) of Australia and gets a taste of life in the unforgiving bush. How do people live and survive in the bleak winters and burning summers, with the nearest habitation a …
  • Migrant gays in Australia
    Lorenza Bacino meets gays and lesbians from Australia’s ethnic communities and finds out the difficulties they face in their coming out process. Producer: Lorenza Bacino Broadcast: December 11, 1997 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens …
  • Radio National ABC
    Media Network: From Sydney, Australia
    This programme is part of the series Media NetworkIn this programme, Jonathan Marks is joined by Mike Bird. Together they assess the radio scene in Australia, past and present. Producer: Jonathan Marks Broadcast: December 6, 1999 The Media Network …
  • Radio in New Zealand
    Media Network: The South Pacific safari
    This programme is part of the series Media NetworkJonathan Marks surveys the New Zealand radio landscape, past and present. With lots of sound and local experts explaining the background.  Producer: Jonathan Marks Broadcast: December 20, 1999 …
  • Worlds apart: Australia’s stolen generation
    One family, two cultures. Children taken away to be fostered out or brought up in an orphanage – a parent’s worst nightmare lived in reality. The story of the Collard family — the human face of Australia’s stolen generation — members of the …
  • In the shark’s domain
    No matter how safe we feel, we’re always at the mercy of a predator. We could be at a beach we’ve known since childhood and suddenly 1000 kilos of shark has mistaken us for lunch. We could live in a sleepy small town and be shot by a man who hears …
  • Global Perspective: One more potato
    This programme is part of the series Global PerspectiveA group of international broadcasters exchanges documentaries with a common theme. This five-part series examines the way in which global forces are challenging business and industry, changing …
  • A conversation with Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter
      Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter are well known Australian musicians. Their songs are mainly about the pain of their own personal stories. They were part of the stolen generation of Aboriginals. As children, they were taken from their families. …
  • The Fairbridge Farm School
    After the end of the Second World War, hundreds of Dutch children and adults who had been prisoners of the Japanese in the Dutch East Indies were sent to the Fairbridge Farm School in Pinjarra,Australia to recuperate and start a new life. In this …
  • A conversation with Dr. Fiona Wood
    Dr Fiona Wood was named Australian of the Year in 2005 because of her outstanding leadership of the team caring for the victims of the Bali bombings. With another scientist, she pioneered a new burns technology in which skin cells are sprayed onto …
  • Taming the salt monster
    The Western Australian Wheatbelt is known as the country’s breadbasket. Sheep and wheat farms the size of small countries stretch into an endless horizon. But there’s violence in the history of the idyllic scene. A century ago, 1000 …