SBS back to doing what it does so well
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.