Give Me a Break

4 x 26 minute documentary series (SBS, ScreenWest )
Directors: Paulo Alberton, Britt Arthur, Steve Peddie, Peter Pritchard
Producer: Celia Tait
Line Producer: Karen Williams
Executive Producer: Brian Beaton
Production Company: Artemis International

SERIES OUTLINE
In each episode a “breaker” is given the chance to change their life by experiencing a job they’ve dreamed about under the watchful eye of a mentor. Does the reality live up to their expectations? Have our breakers got what it takes to make the grade?

INDIVIDUAL EPISODE OUTLINES

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ROLLER DRIVER TO ANIMAL CARER (19 APR 06 – 7:30 ON SBS)
Breaker: Liz Hughes – Mentor: Myra – Director: Paulo Alberton
For 15 years, 42 year old Liz has been a road worker, driving big rollers in the outback. Seeking a life change, she wants to work with animals. For 2 weeks animal loving Liz is given the chance to try one of the toughest jobs in animal welfare – an RSPCA inspector. Under the guidance of her mentor, Inspector Myra, Liz comes face to face with distressed animals and their difficult owners. Does her expectation live up to the tough reality?

SCHOOLGIRL TO ACTOR (05 APR 06 – 7:30 ON SBS)
Breaker: Renae Simpson – Mentor: Rick Brayford – Director: Peter Pritchard
17 year old school girl Renae Simpson lives in Mt Magnet, a mining town hundreds of kilometres away from Perth. She wants to be a famous actress, and, as she puts it, “be on the cover of Woman’s Day”.   Over 2 weeks Renae is immersed in drama school with mentor Rick Brayford. She’s never acted before and has to learn fast. In a fortnight she’s up on stage performing live to a large audience. Has she got what it takes?

POLICY OFFICER TO CHEF (29 MAR 06 – 7:30 ON SBS)
Breaker: Mallika Macleod – Mentor: Adrian Tobin – Director: Steve Peddie
Twenty eight year old paraplegic policy officer Mallika Macleod is passionate about cooking. She wants to be a chef. She has just two weeks to prove that she has the culinary talents and physical capacity to make it in the pressurised environment of a high quality commercial kitchen.
Mentor Adrian Tobin gives Mallika her break, An award-winning chef who oversees one of the largest kitchens in Western Australia. Adrian, is a tough task master as he puts Mallika through a 2 week crash course in fine cusine.   Will she succeed?

BARMAN TO REAL STATE WHIZ (12 APR 06 – 7:30 ON SBS)
Breaker: Dave Feighan – Mentor: Terry Hardie – Director: Britt Arthur
Twenty-eight year old barman Dave Feighan is at a dead end. He wants to turn his life around and explore his passion – real estate. For 2 weeks Dave is mentored by real estate guru Terry Hardie and immersed in the cut throat world of buying and selling property. Can Terry turn Dave from burnt out barman to real estate whiz?