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Bob Connolly revisits the 1976 A BIG COUNTRY film about John Browning, a prison guard who has dedicated almost half his life to rehabilitating prisoners. Then, John put eight prisoners through a gruelling Outward Bound-style course, attempting to form character and help them cope better with life. They were made to be scared, exhausted and challenged, hopefully being left with a greater sense of self. Now Bob goes back to see John and talk about how his life has developed and, through him, examines the issue of prisoner rehabilitation. John, now in his sixties, reflects poignantly on Project Survival, which was shut down on recommendation of the Nagle Royal Commission.

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Bob Connolly
Bob Connolly
Bob Connolly
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Dasha Ross

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