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Croc-a-Dyke Dundee



“People ask me where did you come up with those great ideas, those great one liners and it was sitting in Dawns pubs listening” Stephan Elliott writer/director of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Dawn O’Donnell was a penniless lesbian in 1950s Australia. It was the dark ages. Dawn wanted money, power and sex. All women were third class citizens, lesbians practically invisible. Everything was illegal, licensing laws were draconian, and you couldn’t even get a drink after 6.00pm. Homosexuality was criminalised and demonised, and police brutality was commonplace. Nevertheless, Dawn stormed her way through Sydney’s gay underworld and built herself an empire of drag clubs, car parks, real estate, bars, steam rooms and sex shops. Dawn married twice, once to a man and then to a woman. The convent-girl turned ice-skater became the godmother of Sydney’s Golden Mile, Oxford Street. She adored drag queens and many started their careers in Dawn’s pubs – and inspired Stephan Elliott when crafting The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

When Dawn died in 2007, the church was packed and a chunk of gay and lesbian history was lost forever. But her legend endures.

This fascinating and entertaining documentary brimming with archive explores the mythology – (was she a mobster? An arsonist? A murderer?) and life of this shrewd, silver-haired, butch businesswoman. She was neither a feminist nor a gay activist, but for good or bad Dawn O’Donnell was instrumental in Sydney’s transformation from a sleepy provincial city to one of the gayest cities in the world.

Drama Specials

Naked Civil Servant
John Hurt stars in this biographical film of Quentin Crisp a flamboyant and witty exhibitionist whose conversation is as glittering as the lipstick and mascara he used to effect.
The Sailor's Return
Flawlessly evoking Victorian rural life, the film tells the story of a love doomed by insularity and racial prejudice.

Drama Series

Murder Investiation Team
Each episode began with the discovery of a body and followed the investigation as it unfolded. The team used all the resources at their disposal from the latest forensic techniques, victimology, criminal psychology as well as their own sharp wits, to deliver on their duty to the public and to catch the killers.
The Helen West Caseboo
She’s a workaholic lawyer with a conscience. As a crown prosecutor, she deals with domestic abuse, sexual molestation, and murder. Driven by a strong sense of justice and compassion, she pursues cases even when her boss insists she drop them and goes out of her way to offer victims a helping hand.

Childrens

Animated Classics
29 animated specials of classic literature is something that the entire family can enjoy. Titles include: A Christmas Carol, Moby Dick, Les Miserables, and The Phantom of The Opera.
Wind in the Willows
From the despicable plans of the evil Weasels to Toad’s gentlemanly obsession with the art of the motor car, no stone has been left unturned in creating this charming adaptation of an old favourite.

Factual Specials

Our Lives: Our Dad is a Woman
What would you do if your dad dropped the bombshell that he wanted to be a woman? Bold, emotional, and compelling, this program gains intimate access to the lives of 3 families, in which a father, partner, or son has battled fear and prejudice to reveal their real selves.
Paul McCartney & Wings:
Band On The Run

From the sudden departure of two band members, to Paul and his wife Linda being robbed at knifepoint, This program also looks at the shooting of the iconic album cover and speaks to some of the stars immortalized in the spotlight.

Other

Duran Duran: One Night Only
captures this multi award-winning band as they perform before a live audience offering a rare insight into the band. With exclusive, never-before-seen archive footage, and interviews, the programme provides viewers with a unique perspective on the band.
Phil Collins: One Night Only
A true music legend Phil Collins has sold over 100 million albums over four decades as a solo artist. In One Night Only, he goes back to his roots, taking a nostalgic trip to the area he grew up in and the old haunts where he played his first gigs.