Best Adventure Documentation

Wednesday 9 September, 9.30pm

The Allied victory in the Second World War was helped by a group of soldiers who were committed to the defeat of the Nazis more than any others. Now, after 70 years of silence, a handful of the 10,000 German and Austrian men and women who volunteered to fight for the British forces have decided to tell their story. They were described as “suicide soldiers” because their German nationality and the fact that many were from Jewish ancestry meant if captured they faced agonising torture and certain execution. Yet every one of them were volunteers – not conscripts like the vast majority of the British forces. Churchill’s German Army features a range of personal testimonies from individuals who fought in every branch of the British Forces – on land, in the air and at seas.

Sunday 9 August 8.30pm

New Zealand Directors: Errol Wright & Abi King-Jones

God defend our free land …

In a place they call “Sleepy Hollow’, a sixty year old coastal campground- beloved by locals and visitors alike – it was closed one summer to make way for a multi-million dollar residential subdivision. As the campers are moved on – the local Maori moved in, for a seven week-long occupation protesting their rightful claim to the land. Around the country real estate was booming, leaving developers and agents flush and first home buyers priced out of the market. High country pastoral leases were being sold off to wealthy foreigners wanting their own ‘slice of paradise’ while the South Island rivers die ‘deaths by a thousand cuts.’ Trans-national corporations are ranked in an annual ‘Hall of Shame’ Awards night, according to the degree to which they exploit New Zealanders. An international breach of human rights law was perpetuated despite thousands marching on Parliament to prevent it. Government legislation further loosening one of the world’s most liberal overseas investment regimes was pushed through bureaucratic process at lightning speed. The founding constitutional document of this small settler nation is still debated, discredited and disregarded. This is 21st Century New Zealand where the land wars still rage, treasured Kiwi pastimes are slipping into oblivion and ‘colonisation by corporation leaves citizens tenants in their own homes.

Wednesday July 15 at 8.30 PM

Sir Graham Latimer was a farm boy from the North who went on to spearhead landmark court battles with the Crown. His work changed forever the treatment of Maori under the Treaty of Waitangi.

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Channel Premiere: Tuna Wranglers

Discovery Channel – Sunday 9 December, 7.30pm (Eps 1 & 2 back to back)

Meet fishermen who work in one of the most remote and dangerous places on Earth – Australia’s Southern Ocean. 400 kilometres from land, a crew of brave men must fight storms and sharks for the ultimate catch: millions of dollars worth of tuna. But they don’t just have to catch the fish; the fishermen must round them up and keep them alive in shark-infested water and shepherd them back to land, hundreds of thousands at a time. Once the tuna have been towed back to port, they are sold to the lucrative Japanese market. One pen of fish can be worth over $11 million and one perfect fish can capture $85,000. It takes a certain kind of person to willingly jump into a tuna pen and wrestle deadly sharks out with their bare hands. For South Australia’s tuna fishermen, it’s all in a day’s work and this film is their story. Tuna wrangling is a remarkable but highly risky new method of fishing that has made fortunes for its pioneers.