DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
THIS is the show of the week. Probably SBS’s show of the year. Certainly in scope I’m finding it hard to think of another series quite like Go Back To Where You Came From.
We’ve all said this to each other, and it’s true — getting the right people is crucial to a show’s living or dying, and the people here could not be more right. This is the kind of reality series I’d like to see more of. Six people volunteered to do this— are you across what it’s about? They’re taken away for 25 days to live as closely as possible the life of a refugee.
They’re not told where they’re going to be sent, their phone’s taken off them so they can’t contact their family, their wallet . . . lots of stuff.
I almost don’t want to tell you too much because there’s pleasure here, if pleasure’s the word — value, maybe — in going along and finding out what’s about to happen to them as they do. It’s pretty confronting. But then so are some of their attitudes.
OK, so these are the people: Raye, 63, retired social worker from rural South Australia. I hear the words social worker, I think lovely warm caring person. And Raye does in fact seem very nice, right up until she starts talking about the detention
Jordan: Glenys, Adam and Darren centre down the road from her house. ‘‘ I could’ve gone over with a gun and shot the lot of them,’’ she says. Adam, 26, a lifeguard from Cronulla: ‘‘ We’re spending millions of dollars on housing these criminals.’’
Raquel, 21, from Sydney’s west: ‘‘ I guess I am a bit racist. I just don’t like Africans . . .’’ Darren, a 42-year-old from Adelaide, who says anyone who arrives without documentation on a boat must be expatriated immediately. On the other hand there’s Gleny, 39, from Newcastle, who thinks perhaps there is room for more refugees. And Roderick, 29, from Brisbane, whose biggest concern is coming across as a giant leftie. But who wouldn’t in this crowd. Unmissable television. Go Back To Where You Came From, SBS One, 8.30pm