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Another powerful social documentary from David Goldie, producer of NOBODY'S CHILDREN and OUT OF SIGHT OF MIND. This time the focus is on the elderly, and the program looks at what it is like to grow old in Australia, through the experiences of old people themselves. The program examines our needs and fears as we age, and raises questions about the way we care for those of our elderly who are frail and in need of help - particularly in the areas of health and accommodation. Although the program is sometimes confronting, it also shows the strength, dignity and courage of older people, and their potential to live full and purposeful lives. As well as the elderly subjects, others taking part in the program are police officers John Boyling and Bob Pinfold of the New South Wales force and Helen Adams of the Victorian Police; author Leila Friedman; geriatricians Sue Kurrle, Tony Broe and Doctor John Ward; Cherry Russell, senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales; Edith Morgan of the Older Persons Action Centre; sex educator Doctor Rosie King; Margaret Somerville, director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law; Peter Dunn, lecturer at Charles Sturt University; and cardiothoracic surgeon Brian McCaughan.

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David Goldie
David Goldie
David Goldie


David Goldie (Narrator) - Sen.Const. John Boyling - Sgt. Bob Pinfold - Leila Friedman - Cherry Russell - Edith Morgan - Dr. Rosie King - Tony Broe - Margaret Somerville - Brian McCaughan - Peter Dunn - Dr. John Ward - Sen. Const. Helen Adams - Sue Kurrle - Julie McCrae

Production Details

Production Completion
Social contemporary
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ABC TV Entertainment & Specialist


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ABC Content Sales

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • International Film and TV Festival of New York