PREPARE TO BE I NSPIRED
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.