THE MIRACLE BABY
A stolen car tears through the near-empty streets of a city asleep. It’s just after midnight. Across town, a young mum clips her sleepy toddler into a safety seat as her partner slides in the passenger side and braces for his overnight shift at a city bakery. Daniel Stirling, the love of his life Sarah Paino and his adored son Jordan set off on the short trip to work. An earlier ride failed to show. Sarah and Jordan should’ve been asleep in bed. The stolen car, with four young teenagers on board, roars on through the night as Sarah pulls up at Banjo’s bakery near Hobart’s city waterfront, kisses Daniel goodbye and heads off. Perhaps, if that kiss had lingered a second longer, Sarah might still be alive. Instead, minutes later as she heads home, the stolen car spears into her car with such velocity it throws it to the other side of a four-lane road. Incredibly, little Jordan is fine. Sarah, though, is horrifically injured. When paramedics arrive they see her broken body and then her belly. She is seven-months pregnant. This is a story of what ifs and maybes, minutes and seconds, the arbitrary hand of fate and the superhuman effort to save a little unborn child as life drained from his mother. More than 1000 Australians will likely die on our roads this year, each a dreadful tragedy for families and friends. But this crash struck a chord across the nation. This was somehow different. A family making simple, everyday decisions we all make cast into harm’s way. And amid the heartbreak, a miracle. Sunday Night’s Melissa Doyle tells this extraordinary story.
As one of our more passionate Mad Max fans declares, in full character, leather kit, mohawk and with the sort of fervour that would melt your most devout Trekkie or Star Wars devotee: “You can run but you can’t hide!” Come Monday morning, Australian time, Mad Max: Fury Road will be the worldwide buzz as Aussie director George Miller and his creative team line up for a possible haul of 10 Academy Awards. Yelling their ear-splitting support from all corners of the world will be the fanatical diaspora of Mad Maxers, who once a year converge on a remote corner of the Californian desert to live and breathe their fantasies in a place called Wasteland. They strive for authenticity and they’re judged on their passion as they ride their millimetre-perfect recreations of the cars, trucks bikes and all-round weird wheels of Mad Max’s post-apocalyptic world. It is an awesome sight to behold. Sunday Night’s Alex Cullen braves The Thunderdome and a hoard of some of the wildest movie buffs ever for an amazing journey into a fervent subculture. As Lord Humungus declares through his steel plate mask: “This is going to be EPIC!”
MEL AND MOLLY
First there was the blockbuster mini-series Molly. Then the enthralling The Real Thing, a documentary tribute to his considerable talent and musical influence, featuring a cavalcade of famous friends and more than a few secrets. Now, it’s time for the man himself to speak. Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum sits down with Sunday Night’s Melissa Doyle to reflect on some of the big revelations brought to light in Seven’s series of bumper productions. What transpires is Molly’s most candid interview ever as he discusses booze, his sexuality, gay marriage and his efforts to recover from two debilitating falls. At 73, the wild man’s mellowed ever so slightly. And while he plans to be around for some time to come, he reveals he has selected the song he wants played at his funeral. Wonder what that could be?
This episode of SUNDAY NIGHT hosted by Melissa Doyle airs on Sunday at 8.30pm on Seven.