#1317 Postcards from Reconciliation

Just in time for National Reconciliation Week, and in co-production with Redfern Community Centre, All the Best presents Postcards from Reconciliation. A man sends a postcard home about his lover: a proud man of the Bundjalung Nation, a historical postcard raises uncomfortable questions about a famous colonial figure and a Gumbangiir woman’s postcard is a clarion call to love the place you’re from- for both indigenous and non-indigenous Aussies.

My City- Sydney
A postcard from Gumbangiir woman Barbara Greenup-Davis starts as a flaneur’s stroll through the city, and ends with a vision of one city all its residents can rally for.

Written and read by Barbara Greenup-Davis, a Gumbangiir woman from Bowra, NSW.
Produced by Tim Bishop at Redfern Community Centre.
Music credits: Backing guitar: ‘Warm & Windy’ by J.D.Loudermilk (with permission); Played by Gerry Doyle (with permission).

My Man and Me
From Newtown, Sydney and heading out on the highway: a lover’s postcard from a life-long road trip.

Written and produced by Tim Bishop. Hear more of Tim’s work on his ABC Pool page.
Sound design by Tim Bishop and Belinda Lopez.

Picture credit (above): ‘Going North, heading home’ by Tim Bishop.

Music credits: ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’ by Hunters and Collectors; South of the Border by Patsy Cline; ‘You Can Get It if You Really Want’ by Jimmy Cliff; ‘That’s the Way Love Is’ by Marvin Gaye; ‘Got to Give it Up’ by Marvin Gaye;  ‘Brown Skin Baby’ by Bob Randall.
Sound credits: ‘Car driving’ by Geody Labs; ‘Fryer’s Forest Kookaburras’ by Kangaroo Vindaloo.

Buckley’s Chance for Truth?
A convict disappears into the Australian bush, and emerges 32 years later, alive. His name was William Buckley, and his tale is featured in the history books as one of courage, survival and sheer luck. In fact, it’s thought the phrase ‘Buckley’s chance’ was inspired by his story. William Buckley survived after making contact with the Wathaurong people, who took him into their tribe and made him an honorary elder. It sounded like a story about reconciliation. But the Wathaurong people today, however, say they had never before been contacted about William Buckley’s story. They tell a tale very different to the history books.

Read more about the Wathaurong in this article by Michael Brydon.

Produced by Michael Brydon.
Music credits: ‘Making Days Longer’ by RJD2; ‘Stéphanie Quitte Le Caffé’ by Jean-Michel Bernard; ‘Towers (feat. Szjerdene)’ by Bonobo; ‘Ghost Song’ by Air; ‘Bloodflood’ by Alt-J.

Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally.
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez.
Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo.

End song credit: ‘Fleetingly’ by Stiff Gins.


#1231 Sixth Sense

All the Best goes on a journey of dreams, spirits and intuition, through stories that can’t be explained away in everyday terms. The lessons of nature are learned the hard way along the Murray River; ancestral spirits guide one woman from her broken childhood to become a leader of Sydney’s Aboriginal community; and one young woman discovers the possibilities and perils of lucid dreams— with the help of a smartphone app.

Swim Deep Only in Water You Know
The Murray River flowing near Mungabareena, on the border of NSW and Victoria, is fast and dangerous. The visiting crowds tend to opt for the safer, stiller spots downstream. But Tim Bishop loved that spot. His Dad taught him how to read the river, and why he should cherish and fear it. Other kids weren’t lucky enough to receive the same education.

Produced by Tim Bishop.

Spirit Guide
Aunty Marlene Cummins grew up in the outback, where she learned about the spirits that would get her if she didn’t come home before dark, or didn’t get her homework done. When she moved to the city, those same ancestral spirits helped her through difficult times.

Produced by Belinda Lopez and Liam Knierim.
Edited by Belinda Lopez.
Music credits: ‘Aboriginal Land’ by Nadeena Dixon; ‘Beacon’ by Stiff Gins.

We all dream: but some of us do it loudly and openly, revealing our subconscious worries, hopes and desires to the world.  Steph Halbisch talks in her sleep, and she decided to take a very modern-day approach to a sleeping habit that has baffled us for centuries. She downloaded a sleep-monitoring app for her smartphone, and bed down for the night.

Produced by Rachel Fisher and Elle Stokes.

Presenter: Belinda Lopez, filling in for Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo and Eliza Sarlos

Picture credit: Jon Nagi

Music credit: ‘Yandool’ by Stiff Gins.