ABC TV is proud to announce Hitting Home – Sarah Ferguson’s unflinching two-part documentary series – will air Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 November at 8.30pm on ABC.
In a year dominated by headline stories of domestic violence and the murder of nearly 70 women, award-winning journalist Sarah Ferguson has spent six months on the frontline of our national crisis.
With unprecedented access to courts and safe rooms, domestic abuse programs in prison, forensic doctors and specialised police units, Sarah also moves into a women’s refuge in search of answers. How does domestic violence begin? How does it escalate from control to physical violence and even death?
“All year we have been hearing stories of violent attacks on women, alone at home, in front
of their children, in cars, in remote locations or in full view in public, but I didn’t have a good
understanding of what domestic violence actually is,” Sarah says. “I wanted to find out how it
works, why men – and it is largely men – do it, and why their partners find it so hard to leave.
These are gripping, sometimes heartbreaking, stories of women and children caught up in
extraordinary situations. Their courage in speaking out took my breath away.”
“Hitting Home is a program for all of us – men and women, young and old,” says Director of Television Richard Finlayson. “The Prime Minster rightly labels this crisis a national disgrace. I hope Sarah’s unprecedented access to victims and their stories will not only enlighten viewers but reveal areas of hope for the future.”
Culminating on the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, episode 2 will be immediately followed by a special edition of Q&A hosted by Virginia Trioli.
Hitting Home is an In Films production. Written and presented by Sarah Ferguson. Director Ivan O’Mahoney. Series Producer Nial Fulton. Executive Producers Ivan O’Mahoney and Nial Fulton. ABC Commissioning Editor Anita Brown.
Sarah Ferguson biography
In 2015, Sarah wrote and presented ABC TV’s acclaimed documentary series on the Kevin Rudd/Julia Gillard Labor leadership years, The Killing Season.
She began her career in newspapers in the UK when The Independent was a bold new venture. Moving to Paris, Sarah joined the cash economy as a fixer for quite pretentious British arts programs being made in France. A brief interlude with current affairs TV changed everything. The arts producers said she would hate current affairs because people involved in current affairs notoriously had no manners. It was in fact a perfect match.
Sarah worked in Europe for British and French broadcasters before moving to Washington DC. In Australia she worked for SBS on the Dateline and Insight programs and then spent four years at Channel 9, working on the Sunday program.
A 10-year-old school essay on ‘What I want to be when I grow up’ revealed two ambitions for Sarah – to be a commando and a librarian in the British House of Commons. A prescient description of life as a Four Corners reporter.
While at Four Corners Sarah won a number of awards including two Walkleys and the Gold Walkley in 2011 for ‘A Bloody Business’, four Logies for Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, the Melbourne press Club Gold Quill in 2013 as well as the George Munster award and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award. These were for a series of reports on people smuggling, live export and the culture of rugby league.
She is at her happiest pursuing the rough and the recalcitrant down dark alleyways but in 2014 she spent some time indoors presenting the ABC’s 7.30 program.
Hitting Home airs 24 & 25 November at 8.30pm on ABC, a special edition of Q&A will follow episode 2