SBS back to do­ing what it does so well

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has com­mis­sioned the four-part minis­eries, Bet­ter Man, about the ex­e­cu­tion of con­victed Aus­tralian drug traf­ficker Van Tuong Nguyen (pic­tured). He was born in Viet­nam and ex­e­cuted in 2005, aged 25. Nguyen was caught with heroin strapped to his body dur­ing a four-hour stopover in Sin­ga­pore while trav­el­ling from Cam­bo­dia to Mel­bourne. Pleas for clemency were made by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment, the Vat­i­can and hu­man rights cam­paign­ers. Nguyen’s death was the last ex­e­cu­tion of an Aus­tralian in South-East Asia. SBS manag­ing di­rec­tor Michael Ebeid says the com­pelling, in­spir­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing story will be made with the as­sis­tance of gov­ern­ment fund­ing and will be shot in Mel­bourne and Viet­nam in Oc­to­ber, ready to go to air next year.

‘‘Whilst our un­prece­dented Fed­eral Bud­get fund­ing boost is largely ad­dress­ing the chal­lenges we’ve faced in a chang­ing me­dia land­scape, it has also en­abled us to get back into the busi­ness of drama pro­gram­ming which our au­di­ences know. When we do it, we do it well,’’ he says.

: Com­ing in 2013, SBS ONE.

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