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What are the secrets to a happy family? What makes some families pull together in a crisis while others seem to fall apart? In the past few decades, science has revealed surprising truths about the qualities happy families share. But how will the research stack up when it's put to the test in the lives of ordinary Australian families? This third series, as a follow up to the popular ABC1 series, 'Making Australia Happy' and 'Making Couples Happy', takes three unhappy families on the brink and attempts to transform their relationships using the latest science. With research consistently linking family difficulties with a range of problems - from anxiety and depression to substance abuse and social breakdown - making families happy is more urgent than ever.

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Martin Taylor
Paul Hawker
Executive Producers
Jennifer Cummins
Dir. of Photography
Simeon Bryan  Naomi Elkin-Jones  Robert C. Morton  Aaron Smith
Orly Danon

Production Details

Production Completion
Production Company
Heiress Films Pty Ltd  Making Families Happy Pty Ltd


Australian Sales
ABC Commercial
International Sales
All 3 Media International Pty Ltd

Screen Australia Supported

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