#1619 Stuck in limbo

This week on All The Best we’re dealing with the feeling of being stuck in limbo, including the story of a man whose mother’s future is suddenly suspended in uncertainty, forcing him to confront how he views his family. Plus, a look at that confusing, shifting grey space between art and porn, and a sound piece about the middle-ground between man and machine.

The Bar Fridge by Jack Gow

A few years ago comedian Jack Gow woke up to a missed call. He didn’t know that moment would throw his entire world into a sudden and unexpected limbo, a whirlwind of uncertainty, on the side of a highway in Sydney.

Edited by Selena Shannon
Music: Saverem’s beat by Spirals, Hey Now by Karnivool (cover), Lo Boob Oscillator by Stereolab

What inspires you? By Elina Godwin

A short, beautiful, sound piece about the grey area between man and machine, and what Siri can do to inspire you.

The Art of Sex by Brittany Sheahan, a.k.a Sydney-based musician Lady.

In this story, we meet a woman navigating an age old limbo by asking questions about art, porn, the space in between, and what happens when one artist brings the two together.

This is story has a bit of strong language and deals with some explicit sexual themes. Find more of Kim’s artwork on Instagram at _artofkim_

Supervising producer: Selena Shannon
Music: I think I’m paranoid by Garbage, Birdsong by Alex Heffes & Regina Spektor, Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits

Executive producer: Selena Shannon

Presenter: Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Image by _artofKim_

#1618 Standing up, saying something

By Tegan Nicholls

Standing up and saying something isn’t easy, and often the things that are the hardest to say are the ones that matter the most. But it’s those who have spoken up in the face of injustice throughout history that we have remembered and celebrated.

This week’s episode is a feature length story about My Body, My Right, a Sydney-based collective campaigning for change around abortion law. It’s a story about starting from scratch, and about making it up as you go. It’s about polarising beliefs, freedom of speech and the right to choose. But mostly, it’s a story about finding the voice to start the conversation.

Music: Opening, Phillip Glass (from Glassworks) and Closing, Phillip Glass (from Glassworks)

 

Executive producer: Selena Shannon

State coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Presenter: Pip Rasmussen

Community coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image taken by Emma Funnell

#1617 Online Identities

It’s 2016, so it’s more than likely you have an online identity. In fact, you may struggle to remember a world without the internet, without a way for your followers to echo your political views, to see what you had for lunch, and to keep up to date on how #blessed you are. But what’s behind the profile pics and status updates? And what can we learn about our real world selves from it?

This week we’re dedicating the entire episode to a feature-length documentary, a beautiful and in-depth look at who we become online from Melbourne-based producer Jess Fairfax.

All music composed by Jess Fairfax, apart from ‘The Looney Tunes theme’

 

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Presenter: Michael Brydon

Image: Flickr creative commons user Jared Cherub

#1616 Our Strange Beliefs

 

Alternative opinions can make or break friendships. The big religious or political ones can be as divisive as your favourite song, or your feelings towards Jar Jar Binks. The pressure to explore, explain and justify our beliefs can make it easy to feel defined by the views we hold, especially if they deviate from the status quo.

In this episode of All The Best, we’re talking about strange beliefs and how they might feel out of place to some, but totally ordinary to others.

 

‘Sympathy for the Gungan’ by Zacha Rosen

Jar Jar Binks was seen as the worst character in the worst Star Wars film when the first of the prequel movies came out in the late nineties. But one little girl saw things very differently.

If you’re keen to go to Nat’s Labyrinth Ball on August 20th, 2016, get tickets here: http://www.factorytheatre.com.au/events/2016/08/20/labyrinth-masquerade-ball-2016

Music: Star Wars Episode 1 Soundtrack – ‘Jar Jar’s Introduction And The Swim To Otoh Gunga’, and Peter McConnel – ‘Manny and Meche’

‘Road to Sainthood’ by Ian Woolf and Tegan Nicholls

“I got a priest collar from a magic shop, and started getting invited to give agnostic blessings at housewarmings. I was in demand!”

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Ian Woolf works as a science communicator, but what happens when this non-believer discovers he can become a church minister, online, for free?

Edited by Tegan Nicholls

Music: Miserere Mei Deus – W. A . Mozart (Performed by Kings College Choir), Flower Songs II Tranquil – Ross Edwards, Hallelujah Chorus – J. Handel (Performed by Royal Society Choir), Presto – O Freunde, Nicht Diese Töne – L. V. Beethoven, Little Less Conversation – Elvis Presley (JXL Remix), Supertzar – Black Sabbath

My Melbourne Manifesto by Made Stuchbery

When you look at politics up close it seems like it’s moving really fast: press release, soundbite, promise. But if you take a step back it’s still a long history of old, white men, Kings and Queens and ancient traditions and documents. This story is about one woman’s quest to get a glimpse of modern day marxism in Australia.

Supervising producing by Selena Shannon

Music: ‘Obvs’ by Jamie xx, ‘Gung Ho’ by Patti Smith, ‘Crosstalk’ by Kane, ‘I See Red’ by Split Enz.

 

Presenter: Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Executive producer: Selena Shannon

Image: Flickr Creative Commons user istolethetv