#33: Khadija's stolen itchThe Real Thing - Australia add
For International Women's Day, a story about feeling incomplete.
Khadija Gbla’s repressed memory of female genital mutilation would surface during puberty. Being an outsider to a ‘clitero-centric’ culture, was a decision made for her.
Khadija is up against her mum, her culture, and the health system, as she breaks the silence around FGM.
#32: Monkey in Mirani (live from Woodford)The Real Thing - Australia add
The Real Thing perform live at Woodfolk Folk Festival, Queensland.
In between music and magic tricks, Timothy and Mike risk it all by attempting to tell a story they’ve never heard before - live on stage, with improvised music, script, and sound effects.
It’s live and unedited and we have no idea how it will end.
#31: Picnic TropicanaThe Real Thing - Australia add
It started as an idea in a Darlinghurst cafe and became the world’s largest short film festival.
Tropfest has helped kickstart generations of Australian film careers throughout its 25 year history.
While controversy and financial hardship has threatened the event, Tropfest has endured and the picnic continues.
#30: The woman who lived in a treeThe Real Thing - Australia add
Miranda Gibson was an unlikely candidate to break the record for Australia’s longest tree-sit.
The shy Queenslander had never seen a forest until her early twenties.
In 2011 she vowed to live in a tree in the Tyenna Valley until it was protected from logging.
#28: Bruce Lee of the seaThe Real Thing - Australia add
When Robbie Page discovered surfing it consumed him.
The former Pipeline Master views the sport as a martial art.
It led him on a global adventure, with stopovers in a Japanese prison, the French President’s home, and now he's tracing his Indigenous roots in northern NSW.
#27: The nightmare before ChristmasThe Real Thing - Australia add
Christmas; family, food, anticipation. The stakes are high.
There's extra pressure for the Williams family, who are only able to get together every second year.
But when a tradition goes wrong, the best day of the year turns into a horror show.
#26: It's not about StephThe Real Thing - Australia add
A bike ride and a book inspired Stephanie Lorenzo to cut her corporate career short and start a charity.
Her passion to end human trafficking helped change young Australians' view on giving.
When a crisis threatens everything she’d been working towards, tough decisions must be made about what's most important.
#10: Freedom is a goat (tribute to Gary)The Real Thing - Australia add
Gary the goat, an internet sensation, and friend of The Real Thing, has died on tour in Queensland.
There's a reason Gary's episode is our most downloaded ever.
Gary was a uniquely Australian larrikin and his antics made people laugh worldwide.
We first met Gary a year ago, when he overcame a rough patch. To celebrate his life we're sharing his story once more.
#24: Balloons for HarperThe Real Thing - Australia add
Alison and David Homer were ecstatic when they fell pregnant in 2005.
"Finally, I feel part of something of consequence," Dave said.
But at 32 weeks, Harper's heart unexpectedly stopped.
How they coped with the grief that followed changed their lives.
#23: Up up MC HammerheadThe Real Thing - Australia add
David Ninness is one of the Cronulla Shark's biggest fans, despite living nowhere near Sydney's Sutherland Shire.
When the NRL club was in turmoil he volunteered to resurrect their second mascot, MC Hammerhead.
But before he could help cheer his team to grand final glory, he'd need to learn to dodge ruthless teenagers.
Step inside the head of the NRL's scariest mascot.
#22: Lizard of OzThe Real Thing - Australia add
Sleepy lizards keep popping up in the life of Off Track producer, Ann Jones.
So she was curious to speak with Professor Michael Bull. He devoted over 35 years to studying them, in one of the longest running lizard surveys in the world.
But just weeks after an in-depth interview, Professor Michael Bull passed away unexpectedly. Now the project's future is uncertain.
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#21: Love and courage in WilcanniaThe Real Thing - Australia add
Positively Wilcannia, part 6: stop recording, start feeling.
Robert Clayton broke his leg three years ago.
The injury set off a chain of events that resulted in depression and drug use.
For the 28-year-old to become a stronger member of his family, and the community, he would need to test the defining relationships of his life.
#20: Wilcannia dreamingThe Real Thing - Australia add
Positively Wilcannia, part 5: a tenacious Barkindji woman grabs every opportunity.
Bobbi Murray loves her river, the Boomerangs football club, and the entire Wilcannia family.
From a young age she followed her ambition to give back to the town.
While the journey has taken her off country, it hasn't stopped her making Wilcannia a better place.
#19: Still down riverThe Real Thing - Australia add
Positively Wilcannia, part 4: how The Wilcannia Mob took their river to the world.
The Wilcannia Mob's Down River gave us a unique view into life growing up in Wilcannia.
Band members, and the town, continue to see positive effects, fifteen years after it was first released.
This is the story of how five boys from Wilcannia introduced the world to Barkindji culture.
#18: You had me at NgaayiThe Real Thing - Australia add
Positively Wilcannia, part 3: taking anxiety out of health checks, and Barkindji for beginners.
Rugby league is being used to improve men's health in more ways that one.
When the town travels to Menindee to support their teams, The Real Thing hitches a ride.
While there, we hear how Kayleen Kerwin's family knack for language is encouraging the next generation of Barkindji culture.
#17: The ShakeathonThe Real Thing - Australia add
Positively Wilcannia, part 2: Mike and Timothy race to shake up Wilcannia.
Timothy and Mike compete in a race to shake as many Wilcannia hands as possible.
Along the way they gather a snapshot of the town; learn the Wilcannia shake, meet Barkindji elders and avoid dogs.
But when all shakes are counted, the fun comes to an end and the loser must face embarrassing consequences.
#16: Positively WilcanniaThe Real Thing - Australia add
Positively Wilcannia, part 1: The Real Thing is helping put Wilcannia on the map.
Wilcannia locals are fighting for the town's reputation, despite numerous social challenges and a complicated relationship with the media.
But a recent BBC documentary has been a setback for the predominately Indigenous western NSW town.
The Real Thing travels to Barkindji country to help redress the balance by celebrating six positive stories.