Gordon Brown loves nothing better than a good auction, and this week it's all about cars… muscle cars, modified cars, restored cars and original cars.
For the custom car enthusiast, MotorEx in Sydney is the biggest event in the country. Amongst the razzmatazz, some of Australia's unique and most expensive cars are put up on a pedestal. Gordon has been to a lot of auctions in his time, but none quite like this!
Gordon meets Steve Jackson, a collector of Holden cars who was still at school when his love affair with Holdens began. He saved his pocket money and bought his first model for $30 when he was only 13, although he had to push it home. Since then his passion for this Aussie icon has become a family affair. Steve's wife Donna and all their children drive these cars, but only models from the late '50s to early '60s. But with 40 cars to garage, space is at a premium, and some of Steve's favourites have to go.
John Adderton is a dedicated restorer and Austin devotee. He's put a lot of love and elbow grease into his Austin Iver, and she shines! Born in 1927, ‘Elizabeth’ is just like any other member of the family. After she’s received a no expenses spared, seven-year-long makeover, and top prize at many national car rallies, the day has come when John needs to down size, and sadly part company with his Lizzie. Her new owner is sure to see heads turning, but will John find someone who loves her as much as he has?
From the skies, Steve uncovers the otherwise hidden patterns, rhythms, networks and systems that keep Australia on the move, fed, alive and thriving.
This week we look at why we live where we live in the world's largest island continent. Taking a unique aerial view, viewers discover the peril of sprawl and the struggle for survival on the continental fringe.
Steve takes to the skies with coastal erosion expert Andrew Short to better understand the consequences of Australia's lifestyle. In places such as Kingscliff and the Gold Coast it means building seawalls to keep the ocean from devouring the coastline and towns.
Next, Steve examines what it takes to keep the sprawling suburbs running. Data visualisation shows the GPS traces of hundreds of ships as they bring in the goods we no longer manufacture. At the Port of Melbourne, crane driver Sharon Bowker looks down at the Chinese vessel she unloads. Clothing, food, white goods, furnishings, caravans - and much more - are unloaded at Australia's largest container port.
But as our suburbs spread, so does crime. The best way to fight back is from above. On patrol with NSW police helicopter, we are on the heels of outlaw bikies. In a sprawling city of 4.5 million, aerial patrols are now a crucial law enforcement tool.
Executive producers Steve Bibb, Michael Cordell, Nick Murray. Series Producer Ivan O'Mahoney, presenter Professor Steve Simpson. Great Southern Land is a Cordell Jigsaw production.
Jack Irish: Bad Debts
Sunday, 14 October 2012 New Series
Led by Emmy award-winning actor Guy Pearce, an outstanding cast of Australia's best talent feature in the Jack Irish telemovies. They include Aaron Pedersen, Marta Dusseldorp, Diana Glenn, Don Hany, Shane Jacobson, Roy Billing, Colin Friels, Steve Bisley, Damien Richardson, Alexandra Schepisi, Rhys Muldoon, Martin Sacks, Colin Hay, Emma Booth and international award-winner, the late Vadim Glowna.
Jack Irish (Guy Pearce) is a man getting his life back together again. A former criminal lawyer whose world imploded, he now spends his days as a part-time investigator, debt collector, apprentice cabinet maker, punter and sometime lover - the complete man really. Jack is an expert in finding those who don't want to be found - dead or alive. He helps out his mates while avoiding the past. That is until the past finds him.
In Jack Irish: Bad Debts, a phone message from ex-client Danny McKillop (Simon Russell) doesn't ring any bells for Jack Irish. Life is hard enough without having to dredge up old problems: his beloved football team has moved interstate, the odds on his latest plunge at the track seem far too long and he's still cooking for one.
But then Danny turns up dead and Jack has to take a walk back into a dark and dangerous past.
The award-winning Jack Irish novels by Peter Temple have been acclaimed by critics; loved for their thrilling storylines, eclectic characters, underlying humour and most of all for being 'wonderfully quintessentially Australian'.
Produced by Ian Collie. Directed by Jeffrey Walker. Executive Producer: Andrew Knight. Bad Debts written by Andrew Knight. Black Tide written by Matt Cameron. An Essential Media and Entertainment production for ABC1.