Brave: TV producer Adam Boland detailed his experience of depression on Australian Story.
LETTER OF THE WEEK
Sharing battle with mental illness took courage
Congratulations to the courageous former Seven and Ten producer, Adam Boland, on Australian Story (ABC). It takes an insider to say that the media has a duty of care to its audience and its staff. The polarised climate of our corporate media has made the public sick of the lack of substance and good-quality programming. Adam's illness may encourage a more thoughtful media that's in tune with the general public, and that includes diversity and our complex world. We need more prominent people to speak out about depression. Thanks to Adam and his amazing partner.
Pamela Papadopoulos, South Yarra
I'm rather glad Janet King is not representing me. She always appears so downhearted, tired and exhausted - quite lacking in lustre. I'd love to see the joyful side of Janet.
Deb Hunt, Moonah, Tasmania
Radio National rules
I'm with Rex Condon (Letters, 27/3). Not only is Radio National an absolute gem in the quality and diversity of its programming content, but also its presenters. The icing on the cake for me is the ability to time shift via their podcasts of either the full version or abridged selections of most broadcasts.
Frank Stipic, Mentone
Stubbs eats his words
In his 774ABC afternoon program (24/3), Richard Stubbs once again aired his anglophobia, sniggering at the very idea of English cuisine. Yet, the main thrust of his program was his absolute joy in eating a toasted hot cross bun smothered in butter. Although many European countries have a fruited and spiced bread at Easter, hot cross buns, as we know them, evolved in the 1600s, and possibly earlier, in England.
John Cross, Richmond
Distorted art history
Hannah Gadsby's OZ paints a distorted image of Australia. She berates one of Australia's colonial artists, John Glover, as painting Australia as if it was an English landscape, but shows as evidence an 1814 painting, which indeed was an English landscape, as he did not move to Tasmania until 1831. She further bemoans the male-dominated painting world, rather than promoting fine female colonial artists such as Mary Allport. She proposes that the Southern Cross, post-Cronulla riots is the Australian swastika and a symbol of the ultra-right, yet she ignores that it was also the symbol of the Builders Labourers Federation and the Australian Communists. What could have been an informative series was largely perverted by misinformation and a self-loathing view of country and image.
Michael Ryan, Yarraville
Congratulations, Hannah Gadsby. Your feminist take on the history of Australian art (Hannah Gadsby's OZ, ABC), is nothing short of brilliant. Congratulations to the South Australian production, too.
Katriona Fahey, Alphington
Missing the point
I quite agree with Margaret and David's choice of The Misfits as their classic film (At the Movies, ABC). But how can they review a film about the disappearance of the Old West with only a fleeting reference to the wild horses, once ranging free in the desert and now a pest to be shot for dog food, symbolic of a world gone forever? I imagine the immensely powerful scene as Clark Gable subdues the stallion was too politically incorrect for a clip, although it makes the point of the film.
Sally Graham, Malvern
Seven prank on the nose
On The Daily Edition (Seven), Larry Emdur pretended to be an 85-year-old new dad. Adding to the asinine drivel was an inference from a member of the panel that he couldn't be an old person, because he didn't smell. Nice, really nice.
Shay Tyler, Moyston
Grand Designs drags on
Grand Designs (ABC) has become the Blue Hills of our time. In 2034, those of us who haven't already switched to SBS will be tuning in to see if the windows arrived in time for Rupert and Felicity to be in by Christmas.
Judy Archer, Bacchus Marsh
Please explain Parliament Question Time
To make Parliament Question Time even more engaging than it is with its current standard of raucous and robust debate, it would be helpful if an ABC political commentator could fill in the gaps during divisions, and let viewers know what precisely is happening and why. What does it mean for a member to be named? Why are the doors locked? Why are the bells rung? What does it mean when the Speaker stands up after asking for order? This would be more helpful than five minutes of indistinguishable murmuring by the MPs on the floor.
Peter Waterhouse, Craigieburn
Doctor Blake's OMG moment
Sadly, John Davis (Letters, 27/3), The Doctor Blake Mysteries has already had an ''ohmaghad'' moment. It was uttered by Mattie O'Brien (Cate Wolfe), responding to a revelation in the ''rock'n'roll'' episode (episode two: ''Food of Love''). If it was an ad-lib, the director should have been right on to this crass Americanism.
Leon Burgher, St Kilda
Doctor Blake off-track
I am disappointed that the producers of The Doctor Blake Mysteries have not gone to the trouble of incorporating some historic tramway footage. Up to 1972, trams plied the streets of Ballarat and Sturt Street lost a soul when they were withdrawn. And the remaining heritage section and preserved trams around Lake Wendouree could add authenticity.
Rod Watson, East Brighton
Doctor Blake spot on
Wrong, Peter Hepburn (Letters, 27/3, regarding ABC's The Doctor Blake Mysteries). I can clearly recall seeing a pill bottle labelled ''NSAID'' in my uncle's medical rooms (in Ballarat, coincidentally) in the 1950s. And I find this show excellent.
Robin Rowe, Montrose
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