July 2014

My Ramadan documentaries

So for the last few weeks, I’ve been in the thick of some amazing work at the ABC for Sunday Nights’ The Good Life. I’ve been working on four segments, which are more like documentaries, about Ramadan – well, the experience of it.

I’m a big fan of This American Life (like so many others, no doubt). It’s great storytelling, and what really strikes me about it is how unexpected, unusual and downright quirky many of the stories are. And it’s all happening in the real world, not the pages of a fictional book.

So I gave myself a primary objective: this needed to be an exploration that dug deep and brought out the gems. The stuff of Ramadan that no one really talks about in depth, or at least, in a documentary style.

The first two pieces have aired and are online now and on the Sunday Nights podcast:

Ramadan and the ‘moonsighting wars’

Good sport in Ramadan

Two more to go. This Sunday night’s one I am especially excited about. Lots of funny stories and an evening somewhere a little different.