2008, 52 Minutes
Media personality and publisher Ita Buttrose discovers determination and drive may be hereditary as she puts her journalistic skills to the test to trace her global family.
She knows of a relation named William Butters who sailed from Scotland to Adelaide but not how the family name changed from Butters to Buttrose. Following her maternal side, Ita discovers she has a strong Jewish connection, including a chief rabbi, in her family. She traces her Jewish ancestors to the once impoverished Jewish ghettos where they had lived in New York and Hungary and learns that poverty and hardship drove them to seek a better life in Australia.
Along the way she finds the Buttrose will to ‘fight the system’ is flowing through her veins.
A Film Australia National Interest Program, Serendipity Productions, Artemis International production in association with ScreenWest and Lotterywest and SBS Independent. Format licensed by Wall to Wall Media Ltd. The Who Do You Think You Are? word mark and logo are trade marks of Wall to Wall Media Limited and are used under licence.
© 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Artemis International, Serendipity Productions, ScreenWest and Lotterywest, SBS Independent.
Writer/Director: Franco di Chiera
Running Time: 52 Minutes
Classification: PG. Consumer Advice: Mild themes, Infrequent mild coarse language.
Curriculum Links: English, SOSE/HSIE, History and Geography. See series record for teachers notes.