Nat & Andy: A Love Story

•07/03/2011 • 9 Comments

After a freezing week in Northern France, unearthing thousands of photos of Aussie Diggers from WWI, we were glad to go to the ever-so-slightly warmer city of Wurzburg in Germany (trust me those few degrees really make a difference). We were there to tell the inspirational story of a young couple who’d endured more than most people could manage.

Natalie Langworthy and Andy Fairclough are both British but have lived in Australia for many years. They met in 2007 through mutual friends and – as they told us – it was pretty much love at first sight. Both were young, fit, sporty and enthusiastic about life; now they had found true love, they had found the person they wanted to grow old with. In September 2008 Nat fell pregnant. Incredibly excited, she devised an intricate ‘treasure hunt’ inside their flat to break the news to Andy. The treasure hunt trail finally led to the oven – inside she had placed a bun. Andy was overjoyed. Continue reading ‘Nat & Andy: A Love Story’

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Sunday Night tracks down an Aussie treasure

•02/02/2011 • 2 Comments

The outbreak of World War I was greeted with great enthusiasm in Australia and, before England even declared war on Germany, the Australian Prime Minister Joseph Cook pledged support for the Mother Country and mobilized troops. Little did the Australian soldiers know the horrors that awaited them – 52% of the 400,000 Aussie troops were killed or severely wounded.

After having fought in German New Guinea, Gallipoli and the Middle East, in 1916 the Anzacs were posted to the Western Front in France and Belgium. During two years of trench warfare the Australians suffered 115,000 casualties in battles like Fromelles, Bullecourt, Messines, Pozieres and Villers-Bretonneux.

Many wives, parents, sons and daughters lost loved ones in these massacres, and due to the lack of communication of the day, they often remained completely ignorant of how their loved ones died, or even where they died or where they were buried. Continue reading ‘Sunday Night tracks down an Aussie treasure’

Apologies

•01/02/2011 • 1 Comment

I apologize for the delay in blog updates, but many of the stories I have been working on have not yet been broadcast. Over the next couple of weeks most of them will go to air, so stay tuned for more!

Hippos of the Luangwa

•12/12/2010 • 5 Comments

The Luangwa River in Zambia is one of the four biggest rivers in Africa and is a major tributary of the mighty Zambezi. It is also home to the largest hippo population in the world. During the dry season (March until November) the river shrinks, and the hippopotami (better known as hippos) are forced into ever-diminishing living spaces forming bigger and bigger herd (or pods). Hippos as a norm aren’t peaceful beasts (in fact they are considered by many the most aggressive and dangerous of the African wildlife), and as the pods grow larger spectacular fights rage along the river.

Africa! I was going to Africa! I could hardly believe my luck when my father told me that we were going to shoot two stories in the Dark Continent, first stop Zambia.

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Roman cuisine: over 2000 years it hasn’t changed much 25/10/2010 – 28/10/2010

•25/10/2010 • 1 Comment

The Roman Empire was once the center of the world, and the center of this Empire was – of course – Rome. Its vast influence on the entire “known” world created the first form of globalization, thus exporting Roman culture all over the world. It also globalized Roman “Italian” food – a trend that has never really stopped. Italian food is now one of the most popular in the world and most common recipes have ties to Italian cuisine.

I had the opportunity to work with an American director Mark Ganguzza and his offsider Sean on a pilot for a series about the origins of food. The host was food anthropologist Sergio Grasso, a food expert who appears in many of the national Italian Rai network shows. Sergio defines himself as a gastrosofer (a mix between a gastronomist and a philosopher). Mark Brewer was the cameraman, and the watch-collecting Antongiorgio Sabia was the soundman (every day he arrived wearing a different watch).

It wasn’t as tiring as the previous work I’d been doing (Seven Australia’s intense coverage of the Mary MacKillop canonization) – but it was fascinating.

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The Big Week: 10/10/2010 – 17/10/2010

•22/10/2010 • 1 Comment

October 10th: only one week left before Australia officially gains membership in the Saint’s Club. After a few days of rest at home my dad and I drove back down to Rome. The week didn’t really start well: as soon as I got out of the car at the hotel I dropped my iPhone. Amazingly it still worked perfectly, apart from the small disadvantage of piercing my thumb with glass every time I touched the screen.

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Mary MacKillop souvenirs: Scarves and Medals 21/09/2010 – 23/09/2010

•24/09/2010 • Leave a Comment

The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart did every thing they could to ensure that the souvenirs of St. Mary of the Cross remained strictly official, not tacky like these.

They commissioned two companies to make commemorative scarves and medals for the canonization. We shot pieces on both companies: Mozzoni Srl in Rome which produced the scarves; and Colombo Medaglie in Milan which created the medals.

We first visited the scarf company, a small family business run by father Natale Mozzoni and his two sons. They were great people and in classic Italian style had closed their company for the day just to let us film there, after which they invited us all to a sumptuous Roman lunch and refused to let us pay.

The next day we headed up to Milan. I took the evening off to meet a good friend of mine who is at university there. It’s a beautiful city and refreshingly easy to get around compared to Rome, because of its extensive Metro system.

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