THE FIGHT TO SURVIVE
THIS controversial series, documenting the lives of those attempting to exist when faced with harsh disadvantage, is shifting its focus to those communities struggling to survive Australia’s worst drought. The filmmakers based this series in the rural heartland of the Riverina district in NSW, introducing viewers to the farmers whose livelihoods have been eroded by the historic conditions and the towns that rely on them. In the suburbs of Wagga Wagga, crime is rising as unemployment soars. Drug addicts turn on their neighbours, torching an invaluable support to two young women who admit to being scared about their future as mothers, but she and her partner encourage a sense of fun and kindness to alleviate the often distressing circumstances. Further afield, farmers Barry and Rosie (pictured) work 80-hour weeks trying to keep their dairy farm going while also bringing up their little girl and boy. It is truly heartbreaking to see the reality of the ravages of the drought but also to hear Barry explain how he is given no access to water by the management of the Murray River water system.