PRE­PARE TO BE I NSPIRED

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

NEED a re­al­ity check and a bloody good rea­son to smile? Then this award­win­ning se­ries de­liv­ers both in spades. For those who missed last year’s de­but sea­son, the premise is a sim­ple one, but pro­foundly in­for­ma­tive and af­fect­ing: a doc­u­men­tary crew fol­lows a group of young Aus­tralians with dis­abil­i­ties look­ing for jobs. Their strug­gles are par­tic­u­lar to their phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal chal­lenges but also society’s prejudices. One of the first job-seek­ers in the new sea­son is Kath­leen, who is on the autism spec­trum, which she em­pha­sises for the anti-vaxxers “you can’t get from vac­cines.” Her friends in high school nick­named her Molly, as in Mel­drum for her en­cy­clo­pe­dic mu­sic knowl­edge. Then there’s Eric, who speaks often with the help of a com­puter and when asked if he is frus­trated by his cere­bral palsy answers: “yes, yes, shit yeah, yes!” His am­bi­tions in life are job se­cu­rity and a girl­friend. “I am a happy man,” he says, “who just wants to be treated like a nor­mal hu­man be­ing. I want peo­ple to see me be­fore they see the dis­abil­ity.” By the end of each episode you’ll be filled with both rage at the shock­ing discrimina­tion these en­thu­si­as­tic and tal­ented Aussies endure; and in­spired by their courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion to over­come what­ever hur­dles are put in their way. This is beau­ti­ful, brave and in-your-face TV. As Molly would say, do your­self a favour.

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