The second film in the "Wilderness Explored" series goes out tonight at 9pm on BBC4.
Wed 15 Oct, 23:40-00:40 60mins Stereo Widescreen
Australia's stark and beautiful red centre is now seen as part of the country's national identity, with Uluru, or Ayres Rock, a national symbol. But this vast desert centre was originally seen as a place of death and silence by the first white explorers. It has taken 200 years for a new perception to emerge, one that recognises it as a place of life and creation - the way it has always been seen by the continent's original inhabitants, the Aborigines.
'Aerial views of the weirdly wonderful Australian interior make this second slice of cultural history a visual feast, as well as brain food. Its a fascinating journey through history, geography, colonialism, climatology, art and , most of all, European and Aboriginal myth.' Radio Times
"..this fabulous series..a superb essay.." Sunday Times
"Glorious documentary ...fantastic." - Guardian
"..stunning footage, great interviews.. an entrancing piece of cultural history" - Radio Times
"Awe inspiring footage..epic stories for an epic landcape" - Daily Mail
"..this excellent series.." The Observer
"..stunning panoramas and expert commentary..unusually evocative'" - The Times