The Men Who Made Us Thin (2013)

Jacques Peretti investigates the connections between obesity and weight loss, confronting some of the men making a fortune from our desire to become thin

Episode 1

As obesity escalates, the diet business is booming. In this four-part series, Jacques Peretti investigates the connections between obesity and weight loss, and confronts some of the men making a fortune from our desire to become thin.

Jacques examines the scientific reasons why so many diets fail long term and why – in spite of this failure – we go back to them again and again. He also speaks to a former director of Weight Watchers and meets other industry leaders, including Slimfast billionaire Danny Abrahams and Pierre Dukan, of the Dukan diet.

Episode 2

In the second of this four-part series, Jacques Peretti charts the story of the fitness industry and examines the links between exercise and weight loss. He speaks to the former Global Head of Health at PepsiCo and asks why the food industry puts so much money into promoting exercise.

Peretti also examines some of the pharmaceutical solutions available for weight-loss as he tells the story of the race to find a safe and effective pill to make us thin.

Episode 3

Jacques Peretti continues his examination of the weight-loss industry and discovers how the World Health Organisation’s recognition of obesity as an epidemic provided millions of new customers for the industry. He also explores some of the latest developments in bariatric surgery and asks how far these trends will go.

Episode 4

In the final instalment of this four-part series, Jacques Peretti asks why the world’s population continues to get fatter, despite the fact that billions are spent on weight loss every year. He travels to America to investigate the parallels between food companies and the tobacco industry and meets the activists battling to introduce laws to tax fatty and sugary foods – and facing fierce resistance from industry.

Sex im 21 Jahrhundert (2010)

Die Vorstellungen über die Wichtigkeit, Häufigkeit sowie Triebkraft von Sex und Liebe gehen weit auseinander. Der erste Teil geht der Frage nach, was ist eigentlich Sex und was ist Liebe? Und müssen wir uns zwischen beiden entscheiden? Worin besteht eigentlich der Unterschied zwischen Sex und Liebe? Was hat sich in der Einstellung der europäischen Zivilisationen seit der sexuellen Revolution Ende der 60er Jahre in Bezug auf Sex und Liebe geändert? Befindet sich die Mehrzahl der Menschen in den Industriegesellschaften auf einem Trip in eine übersexualisierte Welt, in der die Liebe ein Auslaufmodell ist? Streifen wir unsere soziale Kultur ab wie eine lästige Haut und geben uns ganz unseren Urinstinkten hin? Diesen Fragen sucht die erste Folge der dreiteiligen Dokumentationsreihe auf den Grund zu gehen. Liebe contra Sex: Anhand moderner wissenschaftlicher Studien und Versuchsreihen von Sexualwissenschaftlern, Biologen, Anthropologen, Hormonforschern, Psychologen und Psychotherapeuten begibt sich die Dokumentation in die Hochburgen der Sexualforschung in Europa und den USA. Vor allem die Hormonforschung im wichtigsten Sexualorgan — dem Gehirn — steht dabei im Mittelpunkt. Stimmen die alten Klischees überhaupt noch, dass die Männer immer Sex wollen und die Frauen ihn nur in Kombination mit Liebe, und nur dann, wenn der “richtige” Mann — der fürs Leben — dabei im Spiel ist? Ist Liebe nicht sowieso nur eine romantische Vorstellung, die Wissenschaftler längst als hormonelles und neuronales Phänomen entschlüsselt haben und mit Medikamenten quasi “herstellen” können?

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The Dark Side of Porn (2005, 2006)

The Dark Side of Porn is a documentary series that examines the adult entertainment industry.

“Porn Shutdown”

Darren James was diagnosed with HIV in early 2004, which led to a two month shutdown of the adult movie industry in Los Angeles. Featuring Sharon Mitchell, founder of the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation and Rob Black, producer of Gonzo pornography.

“Diary of a Porn Virgin”

This episode gives an insight in the lives of newcomers to the adult entertainment. From the initial approach to a glamour agency and the first sexy photo-shoot to the HIV test, the audition and the first hardcore shoot, it shows the gritty reality of what working in the porn industry means in Britain today.

“Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered”

Also known as The Curse of Debbie Does Dallas, in the vein of Inside Deep Throat, it examines the history of the production and marketing of the 1978 cult hit, Debbie Does Dallas, and is a study of the porn industry in the 1970s. Interviews with former porn stars also try to uncover the mystery of Bambi Woods, the starlet who disappeared from porn soon after Debbie Does Dallas and was rumored to have connections with the mafia and problems with the FBI. Featuring interviews with Robin Byrd, female actress in the movie and Bill Kelly, a former FBI agent once working on an undercover operation to bust porn producers.

“Death of a Porn Star”

This episode examines the mystery surrounding the death of Lolo Ferrari. Featuring candid interviews with Lola’s mother, her plastic surgeon and her husband.

“Amateur Porn”

This episode examines what is going on in the British sex industry, where new male actors are lining up to do a job without getting paid.

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“Me and My Slaves”

This episodes is centered around “Rick”, a professional BDSM Master who wants to quit the job after doing it for 25 years. Over a period of more than a year, Rick talks intimately about his life.

“Hunting Emmanuelle”

This episode examines the cultural impact of the movie Emmanuelle. Featuring an interview with Sylvia Kristel.

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“Does Snuff Exist?”

This episode investigates the truth behind snuff movies. It features the 1997 German case where Ernst Dieter Korzen and Stefan Michael Mahn kidnapped a prostitute and recorded her torture. It includes an interview with British detective superintendent Michael Hames.

“The Real Animal Farm”

Looks into the story behind bestiality porn movies, and discusses the notorious Animal Farm video. Several interviewees, including David Kerekes (co-author of Killing For Culture and See No Evil), author Phil Tonge, feminist writer Germaine Greer and British pornographer Ben Dover, all admitted to having seen bootlegs of Animal Farm in the 1980s, but were apparently unaware that there was no such film — the entity referred to as such was merely a number of existing bestiality shorts tacked together. The documentary also told the story of Bodil Joensen, a psychologically traumatized young woman whose brief notoriety as the “Queen of Bestiality” was followed by a downward spiral of alcohol abuse and prostitution before her death of cirrhosis of the liver at the age of forty, and featured an interview with the Danish pornographer Ole Ege.

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Stephen Fry: Out There (2013)

In a new BBC Two series, Stephen Fry: Out There, Stephen travels across the globe to find out what it means to be gay. Visiting Uganda, America, Russia, Brazil and India, Stephen encounters some of the most notorious homophobes on the planet to try to understand the origin of their beliefs; he also meets victims of homophobic abuse.

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The first episode sees Stephen’s journey start close to home as he meets Sir Elton John and David Furnish to talk about their experiences coming out, their civil partnership and decision to raise a child together. He also meets a young Iranian man seeking refuge in the UK as he faces the death penalty in his home country for being gay.

Stephen then travels to Uganda – where the government is proposing a new law that would put gay people to death – and meets government ministers and religious leaders who support the bill. He sees the impact this proposed legislation is having on the lives of gay men and women, and has an emotional conversation with Stosh, a young gay woman who was a victim of ‘corrective rape’.

Lastly, Stephen travels to America to explore the workings of Reparative Therapy, a therapy that claims to change people from gay to straight, and visits actor Neil Patrick Harris to talk about his experience of being openly gay in Hollywood.

This episode sees Stephen visit Brazil, home to the largest gay pride celebration in the world and a place that has some of the best legislation on the planet for gay equality. But it has come at a price. All of the advances have brought about a violent backlash against gay people; on average, one gay person is murdered every 36 hours in Brazil. Stephen sees how this is impacting on the lives of gay men and women there and also confronts the politician leading the fight against gay rights.

Stephen also visits Russia, where gays are now worse off than they have been for a long time. Their rights are being constantly eroded by a conservative government, backed by the disapproval of the Russian Orthodox Church. Stephen then travels to India, where the old British laws that criminalised homosexuality have just been overturned. Modern India is now looking to Hindu traditions as it forges a more positive way forward for its gay citizens, including its once celebrated transgender community.

Decadence: The Meaninglessness of Modern Life (2006)

Decadence: The Meaninglessness of Modern Life is a six part television documentary series commissioned by SBS Independent and produced by Fork Films. The series is hosted by Pria Viswalingam, who is best known for his work on the travel show A fork in the road. Decadence was originally broadcast on the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) of Australia in 2006 in the form of six, thirty minute long episodes (including advertisements). It was rescreened again in 2007 as part of the SBS season on globalisation.

The series examines the decadence and meaninglessness of modern, western life. It is also poses the question: If we live in such a great and prosperous world, and we are living longer, better, and healthier than before, why are we so unhappy?. There are interviews with many prominent experts and leaders in their fields throughout the series.








Faith of the Century: A History of Communism (1999)

Communism spread to all of the continents of the word, lasting through four generations and over seven decades. Hundreds of millions of men and women were affected by this political system, one of the most unjust and bloodiest in history.

Using newly discovered propaganda films and archival photos, this comprehensive documentary explores the complexities of an ideology that seduced its ardent followers like some earthly religion.

“…invites the viewer to think about the role that images played in the strength of these regimes…” (Le Monde).

Utopia in Power (1917-1928)

This volume covers 1900 to 1928, a period which saw the death of Lenin, the creation of the KGB and the coming to power of Stalin.

The Two Faces of Communism (1929-1939)

This episode includes Stalin’s purge, Communism the defender of democracy, the great famine of the Ukraine and the Spanish civil war.

The Peak Years (1940-1953)

This episode includes the defeat of Germany, the take over of Eastern Europe, the Korean War and the Cold War.

End Without End (1953-1999)

This episode includes Stalin’s death and Krushchev taking power, uprisings crushed in East Germany and Hungary, the propaganda of the space race, Castro taking over Cuba, Vietnam, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the unleashing of freedom, the remnants of a discredited philosophy.