2008, Total Running Time 312 Minutes (6 x 52 Minutes)
Australian celebrities play detective as they go in search of their family history, revealing secrets from the past. Taking us to all corners of Australia and the globe are six stories of individuals seeking to find the definitive answer to where they came from.
Along the way secrets are uncovered and histories are revealed—from adultery and madness to children born out of wedlock and even the whiff of a right royal scandal—with each individual discovering that their ancestors form an integral part of not only their own identity, but that of the nation. Combining emotional and personal journeys with big-picture history, these inspiring and sometimes challenging stories remind us how Australians have come to be the people that we are today.
Considering Australia’s multicultural background, this is a global story, with each celebrity tracing their ancestors around the world. They travel to the places where their forebears would have lived, loved and died, and learn about the hardships and hurdles their ancestors overcame. This is a fascinating chronicle of the social, ethnic and cultural evolution of Australia’s national identity.
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.
Directors: Catherine Marciniak, Judy Rymer, Franco Di Chiera, Kay Pavlou, Jane Manning
Featured People: Jack Thompson (Actor); Kate Ceberano (Singer and Entertainer); Geoffrey Robertson (QC and Human Rights Advocate); Catherine Freeman (Gold Medal Olympic Athlete); Dennis Cometti (Sporting Commentator;); Ita Buttrose (Publishing Pioneer)
Total Running Time: 312 Minutes (6 x 52 Minutes)
Classification: PG. Consumer Advice: Mild themes, Infrequent mild coarse language
Curriculum Links: English, Media Studies, SOSE/HSIE, History, Geography and Indigenous Studies.