A rocking good review of last night's hard hitting #goback. By @newMatilda's Mike Carey. Cartoon by Bill Leak....
Reality TV Gets Real
By Mike Carey
Tags: sbs reality tv mike carey michael cordell go back to where you came from cordell jigsaw asylum seekers
"Last night's premiere of 'Go Back to Where You Came From' did in one night what television news and current affairs has failed to do in a decade, writes former Dateline EP Mike Carey.
So reality television has finally embraced reality. ‘Go Back to Where You Came From’ on SBS TV last night was a refreshing look at the refugee debate in Australia. In the first episode of three on consecutive nights, it smashed a few stereotypes and undermined a shibboleth or two without preaching once.
It allowed ordinary Australians to imagine what it’s like to be an asylum seeker. Until last night’s ‘Go Back’ have any programs given viewers the opportunity to walk in a refugee’s shoes or literally sleep on an asylum seeker’s leaky boat? I can’t remember many, perhaps a couple of Four Corners stories using amateur or surveillance footage of the horrors of incarceration..."