Out of the Ashes

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 7.30pm, Nat Geo Wild This doc­u­men­tary, first shown on the ABC in 2011, is hardly new but its mes­sage of hope about re­newal af­ter the dev­as­ta­tion of bush­fires could not be more timely. In Fe­bru­ary 2009, bush­fires blazed through Vic­to­ria. They di­rectly caused the deaths of 173 peo­ple, they de­stroyed more than 2000 homes and they in­cin­er­ated swaths of prime bush­land and its wildlife. The fea­ture-length film tracks events dur­ing the fol­low­ing year to see how peo­ple re­build their shat­tered lives and how the land­scape re­gen­er­ates. Beau­ti­fully shot, thought­fully nar­rated and at times al­most un­bear­ably mov­ing, this is must­see Aus­tralian TV, es­pe­cially if you haven’t seen it be­fore. fa­mous art thefts of the 20th cen­tury. We see re-en­act­ments of the theft and speak to un­der­cover de­tec­tives and other law en­force­ment per­son­nel who helped cre­ate an eleb­o­rate sting. They pre­tended to be buy­ers to en­gage the thieves, even­tu­ally re­cov­er­ing the mas­ter­piece. So, did the crooks serve time for their crime?

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