Title

The Tom Richards Story

Author Faculty (Discipline)

Arts

Document Type

Creative Work

Publication Date

4-2015

Publication Details

This creative work was originally published as:

Reynaud, D. (Writer), & Hamilton, M. (Director). (2015). The Tom Richards Story [Television series episode]. In G. Przybylko & G. Kent (Producers), Anzac Heritage. Sydney, Australia: It is Written Oceania/Adventist Media Network.

ANZSRC / FoR Code

190204 Film and Television| 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)| 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)

Abstract

A report on the reach, audience and effectiveness of SDA Hope television channel showed that its audience was predominantly composed of retired conservative SDAs. One of the top-rating programmes among them was It Is Written Oceania (IIWO).

IIWO’s mission statement claims that it ‘is a deeply spiritual ministry passionate about communicating the Gospel to the world.’ However, while also broadcast on commercial television, it is confined to the 3.30 and 4.30 am slots on two major commercial networks.

The purpose of this research project was to explore the form and content required to make an episode of IIWO which meets both the spiritual ministry mission of IIWO and at the same time appeals to a mainstream Australian audience during daytime screenings.

This episode told the story of legendary Rugby Union footballer, Olympic gold medalist and Anzac Tom ‘Rusty’ Richards. It sought to make a spiritual point based on his own lengthy and frequent spiritual discussions in his diary.

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