#1311 Atom Bombs in the Suburbs


It was 1982. HIV/AIDS was creeping into Australia and neither the gay community nor the government knew how to beat it, or even what it was. One man decided to fight against the death toll and the rising hysteria, backed by a motto: ‘Don’t Mourn, Organise’.  All the Best shares a sliver of little-known Australian history: about an unexpected social revolution that sprung up from the utter despair of the epidemic.

2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the Victorian AIDS Council. Find out more about its history – Phil Carswell was its founding president.

Produced by James Douglas.
Music credits: ‘Cinematic’ by Jaga Jazzist; ‘Lithuania’ by Jaga Jazzist, ‘Nètsanèt (Liberty)’ by Mulatu Astatke.
Sound credits: Courtesy of Sounds of Barcelona; FXProSound.

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

Banner photo supplied by Phil Carswell, taken at a Candlelight vigil held in Collins St, Melbourne.