TRAC Productions makes vivid and exclusive programmes that go around the world. Producer Robert Cockburn’s broadcast work is for the BBC, National Geographic and Journeyman Pictures. Robert is a journalist and a drama writer for stage and screen. A former foreign correspondent for The Observer and The Times, his writing spans the Public Library of Science Medicine to the satirical magazine Private Eye.
The Plane that Saved Australia – 1-hour film documentary
Reveals the incredible lost history of Australia’s WWII RAAF Catalina flying boat crews and their secret missions for America's legendary General Douglas MacArthur - in antique planes going slower than a family car, saved from the scrapyard and a romantic age.
The Malaria Parasites– 1-hour film documentary
‘The fake drug racket is one of the greatest atrocities,’ says Dr Dora Akunyili who took on the violent criminal gangs who killed her sister with fake insulin, ‘Mass murder!’ But it’s not only criminals who leave patients to die, as a cover-up by UK pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Smith Kline reveals.
The School of Babel - 1 hour film documentary
A Sydney school principal’s ‘crazy’ scheme to cut English lessons to teach migrants their own languages sees English results shoot up! The award-winning documentary The School of Babel reveals an astonishing classroom experiment that saves violent non-performing Tempe High – and a surprise visit by Harvard University. What happened to the children of Tempe?
Ferrari – Archive of Lost Dreams– 1-hour film documentary
Closed up for years, the archives of Italy’s racing car genius Enzo Ferrari are reopened - with stunning consequences. Forgotten blueprints are used again to rebuild lost classic cars. But there's a prediction: ‘The private car will die’ as the classics become art history. Go on a test drive!
The Hotel Hibiscus – drama for stage and film
Wicked drama and satire is sparked as the young bus driver at the Hotel Hibiscus is shot dead in a Pacific island war. Who Dunnit? Soldiers? Rebels? Or the Australian peace negotiator?
Grow – 10 minute film
A gentle self-help group for the poorest outsiders attracts wealthy mental health patients as they defy Australia’s suicide crisis and save public spending – all free of charge.