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Part Time Private Eyes sees two primary school mums, in-lieu of part time work during school hours, engage in freelance detective work for quick cash.

In the pilot, enthusiastic mother-of-three Val ropes reluctant best friend Alex, a single mum and excorporate marketing executive, into investigating a suspected cheating husband.

They throw themselves into an energetic investigation all between the hours of 9 and 3 (school hours), complete with disguises, stakeout donuts and farcical spy references.

Will they catch their suspect in his tracks? Or will their ruse give way and reveal Val’s mid-life crisis?

Or single mum Alex’s failing mortgage repayments?

The show is written and created by long-time collaborators Heidi Arena (Little Lunch, Thank God You’re Here) and Nicola Parry (The Hollowmen, Thank God You’re Here) and produced by CJZ.

Arena and Parry are supported by Nadine Garner (Mr Black, The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Alex Papps (Play School, Time of Our Lives) and Sophie Katinis (Miss Saigon, Underbelly, Out of the Blue).

Writers and creators Nicola Parry and Heidi Arena said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with CJZ and Network Ten on Part Time Private Eyes; a comedy inspired by our own lives and friendship and the relentless 9-3 work/school juggle. We also love the idea that anyone, no matter where they are in life, can ‘re-invent’ themselves.”

CJZ Director of Production and Producer Toni Malone said: “Heidi and Nicola are an amazing comedy team who we’ve wanted to work with for ages. They are fantastic together and their relationship and physical comedy is a pleasure to watch.”

The broadcast date for Part Time Private Eyes will be announced soon.

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Looking for a new murder mystery series with a complex, charismatic and compelling investigator? Well look no further than 10’s new drama My Life Is Murder.

Starring international feminist icon and pop culture legend Lucy Lawless in her first Australian lead role, My Life Is Murder is an irreverent mystery of the week series, featuring fearless and unapologetic Alexa Crowe (Lucy Lawless) whose unique skills and insights into the darker quirks of human nature, allow her to provoke, comfort and push the right buttons as she unravels the truth behind
the most baffling of crimes.

A brilliant, charismatic and ever-so-slightly scruffy ex-homicide detective, Alexa has built her life around her career. And she’s good at it. Really good. Alexa has always been the sort of investigator who can’t leave an injustice alone. An unsolved murder is like an irritating pebble in her shoe. So, she becomes a particularly vocal pebble for everyone else until she can solve the case and bring justice to the victim.

Cue former colleague and long-time friend Detective Inspector Kieran Hussey (Bernard Curry) who quickly realises it would only be a matter of time until Alexa started sticking her nose in cases that intrigued her. So, he might as well get the benefit of her talent on some of his trickier cases and brings her back to “consult”. A favour for a friend if you will.

But just why did Alexa leave the force? Well, it’s kind of a fascinating story, although one of the few Alexa doesn’t like telling.

My Life Is Murder also stars NIDA graduate Ebony Vagulans as ambitious millennial data analyst Madison Feliciano and will feature a stellar line-up of guests including Danielle Cormack, Don Hany, Lisa Hensley, Magda Szubanski, Nadine Garner and Dilruk Jayasinha.

Click here for a sneak peek.

My Life Is Murder is a CJZ production for Network 10. Principle production investment from Network 10 in association with Screen Australia. Financed with support from Film Victoria.

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2 – 4 October, 8.30pm on SBS

 Cast of opinionated Australians led by Meshel Laurie, Gretel Killeen and Spida Everitt

Available to buy now in the CJZ shop (Australia only)

A group of Australians are about to embark on a journey to some of the most dangerous places on earth.

In SBS’s most ambitious television event to date, Go Back To Where You Came From Live will take the pulse of the evolving global refugee crisis in real time.

The refugee crisis continues to be the world’s greatest humanitarian disaster with 68.5 million* displaced persons worldwide.

In 2018, Australia’s policies around refugees continue to polarise and the refugee and asylum seeker debate is still one of the most complex and divisive.

Over three nights from 2 – 4 October, Australian audiences will follow events live from conflict hotspots and frontlines across multiple continents, witnessing the complexity of mass human migration and its ripple effects in 2018. Journalist Ray Martin and SBS World News’ Janice Petersen will be stationed in the ‘Nerve Centre’ in the studio in Sydney, as the stories unfold through a mix of documentary elements and live crosses to participants on-the-ground.

The participants, each with pre-conceived ideas about refugees, will glimpse the reality of life in disputed territories, at border crossings and inside refugee camps. They will get a first-hand experience of the global refugee crisis beyond the headlines, protests and policies, and opinions from all sides of the debate will be challenged.

The participants about to undertake this journey are a mix of high profile and everyday Australians, each with strong views on how Australia responds to the refugee crisis. They include:


Meshel Laurie:
Comedian, radio and TV personality, is an active supporter of asylum seekers. Her Buddhist spiritualism is a motivator for her to give back to communities around the world.

 

Spida Everitt:
Ex-AFL player and breakfast radio host who believes refugees should only come in “the right way”, should work and offer something to Australia. Spida thinks African gangs are a problem in Melbourne and worries for the safety of his daughters who live there.

 

Gretel Killeen:
Writer, performer and media personality. Gretel believes Australia’s treatment of refugees is barbaric.

 

Steve:
41, from Adelaide, a prison youth worker and anti-refugee provocateur who thinks Australia’s stop the boats policy is effective. Steven says refugees in Australia are country shoppers, who head to Australia for economic reasons.

 

Gareth:
29, a theatre student from Bathurst, with mixed views. While he believes indefinite detention is not humane, says we can’t just open the floodgates and need to protect our borders.

 

Dannii:
24, from Townsville, is a young conservative who works at her local church and believes in protecting Australia’s cultural values. She thinks our current policies are spot on and shouldn’t be altered.

 

SBS will announce more participants and the global locations they will visit in the coming weeks.

 

Marshall Heald, SBS Director of Television and Online Content, said:

“Using state of the art technology to broadcast from the heart of the global refugee crisis, Go Back to Where You Came From Live is one of the most ambitious television events in Australian broadcasting history.  By taking audiences to the frontlines of this crisis in real time, the latest instalment of SBS’s award-winning series will capture a snapshot of the issue as it develops with a sense of urgency befitting the subject.

 

“Opinions will be challenged as we witness stories of adversity, resilience and an optimism for a new life from refugees and asylum seekers at home and abroad. Putting this human face on a seemingly unsurmountable problem and encouraging a national conversation is what SBS does best.”

 

Go Back to Where You Came From Live is a CJZ production for SBS, with principal production investment from SBS in association with Screen Australia. Financed with the assistance of Create NSW.

 

Michael Cordell, CJZ Creative Director, said:

“Covering the global refugee experience in a live television event is probably the most difficult project we have attempted. Despite the challenges it’s hard to imagine a more important story to bring to Australian audiences. The immediacy and veracity of live TV will make this incredibly compelling.”

 

Sally Caplan, Head of Production at Screen Australia, said:

 

“It is exciting to see this award-winning series return in an innovative and more technologically advanced format. SBS has proven itself to be a leader in event television, with bold documentaries that spark national conversations on complex issues. With new hosts, and new ways of bringing these stories into Australian living rooms, I’m sure this series, produced by the experienced team at CJZ, will resonate with audiences and have an impact beyond broadcast.”

 

Sophia Zachariou, Director of Screen Investment, Engagement and Attraction at Create NSW said:

 

“As a champion of diverse storytelling, we are hugely excited to be involved in what is set to be a timely and epic broadcast experience. Through incredible access, Go Back Live will shine a unique light on the global refugee crisis to capture the attention of audiences across the country and challenge the perceptions of many. This is such an exciting technological feat for SBS and we can’t wait to watch the experience unfold across the three nights.”

 

This is the fourth season of CJZ and SBS’s Go Back To Where You Came From; one of the world’s most awarded television formats – winner of two Logie Awards, an AACTA Award, an International Emmy, and two Rose d’Or awards, as well as a UN Peace Award.

*Source: http://www.unhcr.org/5b27be547.pdf

Go Back To Where You Came From Live airs over three consecutive nights, 2 – 4 October, 8.30pm, LIVE on SBS and streaming live on SBS On Demand.

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For more information and interviews, contact:

Emma Losco [email protected] ||   M: 0447 343 788 

Nick Craven [email protected] ||   M: 0402 605 464


 

“I felt tears behind my eyes as the film progressed, even though I knew the story.” The Weekend Australian ★ ★ ★ ★

“Wow! Forget the fact that it’s a documentary, it’s one of the most powerful bits of cinema I’ve ever seen.” – Gold FM

“A warts and all look inside the soul of Jimmy Barnes. Few have survived to tell a story like this.” – Noise 11

 “Beautifully realised work. You will quite literally laugh and cry.” – Empire Magazine ★ ★ ★ ★

 

Following its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival last week, the new feature documentary Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy will be released in cinemas nationally from this Thursday, 23 August.

 

Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy will be shown on over 220 screens across the country, the biggest cinema footprint of any Australian documentary in history, and the biggest documentary release since Michael Jackson’s This Is It in 2009.

 

Australian audiences will now have a chance to understand how the once unknown boy, James Dixon Swan, became the household name and Aussie icon we know today as Jimmy Barnes.

 

Acclaimed director Mark Joffe (Jack Irish, House of Hancock, The Man Who Sued God) has crafted an unflinching, powerful and transcendent documentary that is raw, confronting and at times darkly funny.

 

Jimmy Barnes insists he was nervous to see his life played out in film, but knew friend and director Mark Joffe was the man for the job.

 

“I trust Mark artistically and emotionally, we’ve been through a lot together and he’s a close, dear friend. I knew he would do a good job and to be honest, he’s exceeded my expectations,” said Barnes.

 

The film explores Jimmy’s childhood as he retraces his earliest steps through the hard streets of Glasgow before reliving his South Australian upbringing all while uncovering the deep and raw themes of domestic violence, poverty and alcoholism.

 

The documentary also features captivating musical moments of Jimmy, Cold Chisel and special duets by Jimmy’s children, Mahalia Barnes and David Campbell, plus his brother- in-law, Diesel. A new collaboration with Richard Tognetti’s Australian Chamber Orchestra is another highlight.

 

This landmark feature documentary is based on Jimmy’s acclaimed memoir, Working Class Boy. His self-penned book won the 2017 ABIA Award as Australia’s ‘Biography of The Year,’ and spent a staggering 16 weeks at #1. It sold over 250,000 copies, making it one of the biggest autobiographies in our country’s history.

 

Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy is produced by CJZ with principal funding from Screen Australia, with the assistance of Create NSW. It releases nationally in cinemas from Thursday, 23 August for a limited release through Universal Pictures.

 

Working Class Boy – The Soundtracks is out now on Bloodlines Music with Jimmy Barnes giving his royalties from the album sales for this year to help drought relief efforts.

 


New feature-length documentary from Dr Derek Muller and award-winning Genepool Productions looks at the sense and nonsense driving the world’s love affair with a mysterious group of molecules.

In a wealthy city in Australia a young man goes blind for want of vitamins. In the Antarctic wilderness two explorers die from too many.

Almost one billion of us take a regular dietary supplement, mainly vitamin tablets. Vitamins are enthusiastically endorsed by celebrities, and vitamin fortified foods line our supermarket shelves.

But how safe are these products? Is it true that vitamins are “natural” and therefore can’t do you, or your children, any harm? How are they regulated, and, hey, just what is a vitamin, anyway?

These are the surprisingly urgent questions investigated by scientist Dr Derek Muller in Vitamania, the latest documentary made by Emmy Award-winning Australian filmmakers, Genepool Productions.

Muller – who starred in Genepool’s critically acclaimed three-part series, Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail (2015) and enjoys almost five million subscribers to his physics-themed YouTube channel, Veritasium—takes us on an epic, global journey to uncover the science and the history of vitamins.

In Vitamania he travels inside the Arctic Circle in Norway to eat rotten fish and trace the story of cod liver oil. In the US, he attends a massive “natural health” trade show, revealing the hype and hysteria that drives the multi-billion-dollar global trade.

And in Melbourne, Australia, he discovers that the daily amount of each vitamin the human body needs to survive is tiny – in some cases, so tiny that it can barely be seen by the naked eye.

So, why do such little things generate such big hype—and so much money? With the help of several of the world’s leading researchers and nutritionists, Muller dives deep in a detailed, surprising, and entertaining exploration of the sense and nonsense of a group of molecules loved equally, although for different reasons, by medicine and marketers.

Along the way, we see the tragic consequences of having too few vitamins. Muller discovers that scurvy, the scourge of sailors for centuries, is making a comeback, and that children even in prosperous countries are at risk of illness and death because of inadequate diets.

He also reveals the equally tragic consequences of consuming too many—including why, particularly, you should never eat a dog’s liver.

Even though their presence or absence can dramatically affect health, Muller discovers that vitamins are not treated as medicines. In countries including the US and Australia, vitamins are regulated on a trust-based system, and there is no easy way for consumers to calculate their total intake—or that of their children.

And although one might be tempted sometimes to equate fish oil with snake oil, Vitamania also reveals that vitamins have been the subject of some very real and very important science, garnering 10 Nobel Prizes and saving countless lives.

Lending our host some unusual assistance is renowned Australian composer and performer Casey Bennetto—best known for his work on the highly successful stage show Keating! – making Vitamania the first science documentary ever to feature its own libretto.

Visually stunning, richly entertaining and impeccably researched, Vitamania carefully untangles a centuries-old story of claim and counter-claim, of science and hysteria. By its conclusion, viewers will be armed with the knowledge they need to navigate the world of nutrients and health claims, and make informed decisions about the miracle molecules so central to our survival.

Genepool Productions is a multi-award winning company based in Melbourne, Australia. Led by creative director Sonya Pemberton and cinematographer Harry Panagiotidis, the team has produced highly acclaimed science documentaries, including Jabbed – love, fear and vaccines; Immortal; and Catching Cancer.

The shows have screened on networks and at festivals around the world, and have won multiple accolades, including Jackson Hole Science Media Awards, Eureka Awards for Science Journalism, AACTAs, ATOMs and an Emmy.

Broadcasting on SBS Australia, 8:30pm August 12.

Other ways to watch at Vitamaniathemovie.com.

Vitamania is a Genepool Productions feature documentary for SBS Australia, CuriosityStream, and ARTE France. Principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria.


Network Ten is delighted to announce it has commissioned Australian contemporary mystery series, My Life Is Murder, which has received principal production investment from Screen Australia.

My Life is Murder stars iconic actress Lucy Lawless as complex, contrary and compelling investigator
Alexa Crowe, who cannot help fighting the good fight – whether it is solving murders or combatting the small frustrations of everyday life. Fearless and unapologetic, Alexa’s unique skills and insights into the darker quirks of human nature, allows her to provoke, comfort and push the right buttons as she unravels the truth behind the most baffling of crimes.

Network Ten Head of Drama, Rick Maier, said: “Crimes that confound your average detective are more than an irritant for Alexa Crowe. She is not your average cop. Brilliant, insightful, and completely without filter, Alexa is that rare breed of television hero: She doesn’t give a damn how she solves the crime or who she offends in the process, as long as she gets it done.

“A star-turn for a great actress in Lucy Lawless, brilliant scripts from some of our best writers, and a cracking yarn each week. My Life is Murder will be one of the freshest new dramas on our screens next year.”

Screen Australia Head of Production, Sally Caplan, said: “This captivating female-led story made My Life Is Murder a highly attractive project for Screen Australia. It’s a coup for CJZ and Network Ten to have pop culture legend Lucy Lawless on board to star in her first Australian lead role. Lucy’s character is intriguing and I’m sure will appeal to Australian and international audiences.”

CJZ Head of Drama Development, Claire Tonkin, said: “With a fascinating and deeply irreverent investigator at its heart, developing this crime series has been the most fun you can have while plotting murder (of the fictional variety). We are thrilled to partner with Screen Australia and Network Ten – and what an absolute joy to be working with the brilliant Lucy Lawless to bring this fearless character to life.”

The series will be set and shot in Melbourne and commence production at the end of 2018.

My Life Is Murder is a CJZ production for Network Ten. Principal production investment from Network Ten in association with Screen Australia. Financed with support from Film Victoria. International distribution will be handled by DCD Rights.


Jimmy Barnes occupies a unique place in Australian hearts and minds. But long before “Khe Sanh” and “Working Class Man”, and long before ‘Barnesy’, there was the boy – James Dixon Swan.

Now his big story is brought to the big screen. Leading production house, CJZ and acclaimed director, Mark Joffe (Jack Irish, House Of Hancock, The Man Who Sued God) have crafted an unflinching, powerful and transcendent documentary – Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy.
As the man himself explains near the start of the film, I was born James Dixon Swan. This is the story of how I became Jimmy Barnes.
Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy joins Jimmy as he retraces his earliest steps through the hard streets of Glasgow. It walks with him as he revisits childhood ghosts in South Australia, reflecting on the domestic

violence, poverty and alcoholism that would fuel his life. The film sets this raw, and sometimes darkly funny story against a backdrop of archival footage and interviews with family and friends. Jimmy’s honesty and inimitable sense of humour create an emotional and compelling film of a damaged childhood, a broken family, a search for love and, finally, a genuine redemption.

The documentary also features some captivating musical moments. Elegantly filmed, Jimmy performs both solo and with Cold Chisel. He duets with his children, Mahalia Barnes and David Campbell, plus his brother- in- law, Diesel. An unforgettable new collaboration with Richard Tognetti’s Australian Chamber Orchestra is another highlight.

This landmark feature documentary is based on Jimmy’s acclaimed memoir, Working Class Boy. His self- penned book won the 2017 ABIA Award as Australia’s ‘Biography of The Year’ and spent a staggering 16 weeks at #1. It has sold over 250,000 copies, making it one of the biggest autobiographies in our country’s history.

Jimmy’s musical career is nothing short of remarkable: fifteen #1 albums in Australia – more than even the Beatles achieved; over 10,000 gigs across his lifetime; inducted into the ARIA Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame … twice. But none of these achievements eclipse the power and bravery of Working Class Boy. In telling this bare and brilliant original story on film, he has shown that it’s never too late to make new beginnings.

To understand the man, you must meet the boy.
Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy is produced by CJZ with principal funding from Screen Australia and the assistance of Create NSW. It releases nationally in cinemas from Thursday, 23 August for a limited release through Universal Pictures.


The Obesity Myth asks: lifestyle choice or genetic disease?

Fifty years ago obesity barely existed. Today, almost two out of three Australian adults are either clinically obese or overweight. So why, in the midst of a global obesity epidemic, are obese people judged, criticized and shunned, rather than being supported to improve their health?

The Obesity Myth is a new three-part documentary series, which challenges the commonly held view that obesity is the result of lifestyle choice.

The series follows the staff and patients at Melbourne public hospital Austin Health, where doctors are using new research to treat obesity as a genetic illness which is in alignment with the World Health Organisation’s classification of obesity as a disease.

Through stories of hope, determination and adversity it reveals the broader challenges facing Australian society and medical systems as they try to deal with the global obesity epidemic.

International obesity expert Professor Joe Proietto is the head of Austin Health’s Weight Control Clinic. He believes people are obese because of a certain genetic pre-disposition which means they experience significantly more hunger and need to eat more food to feel full than a thin person. Professor Proietto’s approach to weight loss is sought after – patients often wait up to two years for an appointment, and treatment begins with an extremely low carb diet, often followed by appetite suppressing medication.

For patients who struggle on Professor Proietto’s diet, the last resort is bariatric surgery, where most of the patient’s stomach is permanently removed, or a lap band or balloon is inserted into the stomach. Headed by Ahmad Aly, Austin Health’s bariatric clinic performs 80 operations each year under the public health system.

The Obesity Myth follows several Weight Control Clinic patients including Karen, a 40-year-old wheelchair-bound woman who tips the scales at 246kg and has been a patient at the clinic for over 12 months but is showing little progress; 27-year-old vlogger and musician, Flick, who spent all of her schooling years as the biggest kid in class; Tracey, a vivacious 48-year-old mum-of-two who has lost over 73kg in 12 months and is taking a chance and coming off her appetite suppressant medication after reaching her goal weight; and greyhound-loving Wayne who was diagnosed with weight-related diabetes as a teen and is now facing foot amputation aged 40.

Bariatric Surgery patients featured in the series include former New Zealand national gridiron player Robert who weighs more than 200kg and faces premature death if he can’t lose weight; Huss, a Lebanese Australian boxer who is struggling to deal with the challenge of eating significantly less food post-surgery; and Lebanese-born author and academic Marie who’s weight gain was a symptom of hormone-balancing medication and has put unbearable pressure on her prosthetic legs.

SBS Director of Television and Online Content, Marshall Heald said:

“With almost two-thirds of Australian adults tipping the scales as overweight or obese, the issue of diet and health affects millions across different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. The Obesity Myth is an important program that will help break down barriers to social cohesion by sharing the deeply personal stories of those who have struggled with obesity, and challenging commonly held views that obesity is the result of lifestyle choice.”

Alongside The Obesity Myth, SBS will offer a range of content exploring the wider issues of diet and health throughout September, including in-depth articles online via sbs.com.au/obesity, curated programming on SBS On Demand, an episode of Insight investigating eating disorders, a Dateline documentary looking at the most obese country in the world and a number of stories across SBS World News platforms.

The three-part documentary series The Obesity Myth is produced by CJZ for SBS and airs Mondays at 7.30pm from September 4 on SBS. Join the conversation #TheObesityMyth

Edit March 1, 2018: Now available to buy from the CJZ shop. (Australia only)


After a long journey from concept to finished product, having jumped through countless legal hoops, the revolutionary series taking cameras inside Australia’s judicial system for the very first time, Court Justice: Sydney starts on Foxtel’s Crime + Investigation channel this Sunday, July 2 at 7.30pm AEST.

This series marks the first time on Australian television that cameras have been allowed inside Australia’s busiest local court complex – The Downing Centre in Sydney.

This observational documentary series gives viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the daily dramas facing the Magistrates as they hear all kinds of cases from drug matters and drink driving, to assault, theft, fraud and vandalism.

The range of human stories is as broad as society itself. Defendants are rich and poor, young and old, serial offenders and first timers. The only constant is that they are all equal in front of the law, and when the magistrates pass their final judgments, lives change forever.


On July 1st a number of CJZ titles will be making their debut on Netflix for viewers in Australia and New Zealand. The titles available for viewing are:

 

Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery Seasons 1-4

Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery is a documentary series in which the always entertaining Julia Zemiro walks a well-known person down memory lane, uncovering the forces and events that have shaped them, and created the person we know today.

 

The ExPM Series 1

As our third longest serving Prime Minister, Andrew Dugdale (Shaun Micallef) mattered. He dined with presidents and kings, hosted world summits and changed the lives of millions of his fellow Australians.

But now he’s retired; a not-so-elder statesman with time on his hands to ponder the question – was it all worth it? Not that he’s asking of course. No, his inquisitive and over enthusiastic ghostwriter Ellen (Lucy Honigman) has an unhelpfully insatiable appetite for the truth.

 

Two in the Top End

John Doyle and Tim Flannery explore Australia’s last frontier in an eclectic journey across the Top End from Cairns to Broome. As climate change shifts the national focus northward the two men examine the colourful past, present and future of the Deep North in their inimitable style.

 

Two Men in China

Tim Flannery and John Doyle’s engaging journey through China, Australia’s largest trading partner. Explores how much we know about the powerful dragon to Australia’s north. Three part series Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu.

 

Two on the Great Divide

John Doyle and Tim Flannery, in their third instalment of their Two Men series, travel up the Great Dividing Range from Western Victoria to Torres Strait. They explore the geological, social and cultural divides that shape our nation.

 

Country Town Rescue.

Country Town Rescue is the compelling story of how ordinary Australians come together to save a small rural town whose falling population threatens its very existence