“I think we have a fear of addiction” – Producer of ‘Addicted Australia’ speaks out on how we’re failing those in need


The producer of the acclaimed series ADDICTED AUSTRALIA has revealed the insights he gained while filming the compelling series for SBS

Jacob Hickey, the series producer of ‘Addicted Australia’

It’s not uncommon for documentary producers to grow close to those they are observing. During the filming of Addicted Australia for Blackfella Films and SBS television, Jacob Hickey has found himself witnessing Australia’s hidden epidemic first hand.

The series producer only wrapped filming on the four part series a few weeks ago with the first episode premiering this week.

Speaking on The Ben, Rob & Robbo Show, Hickey says the insights he gained into addiction were invaluable:

“If I didn’t know it before, and I really should have done – addicts, so called addicts, are people first who have had trauma in their lives and that’s the unifying thing here.”

Jacob Hickey on the Ben, Rob & Robbo Show

When asked why addiction doesn’t seem to be taken seriously in our community, Hickey was pragmatic:

“We don’t care as much and that’s because of the stain and stigma that surrounds addiction,

“I think we have a fear of addiction. I think we have a fear of ourselves and those around us.”

The four-part series follows 10 people and their families over a 6 month period while they take part in a treatment program.

*Watch the interview in the player below:

While speaking to Ben Norris, Rob McKnight and David Robinson Hickey revealed the production caught up with the subjects a further 6 months later for an update on their progress.

Those scenes were only filmed a few weeks ago, meaning the final episode will have a currency not usually seen in documentaries.

Hickey hopes the show will have a positive impact on viewers:

“We’re really hoping this show inspires people to put their hand up and seek treatment and seek help”

Addicted Australia continues 8:30pm Tuesdays on SBS

Robert McKnight
"Leading TV commentator" - The Daily Telegraph. "Known for his impeccable sources in the TV industry" - The Daily Mail. Robert McKnight is a highly regarded Australian Television Producer having worked at SEVEN, NINE and TEN during his 25 years in the industry. Publicly he is most well-known for creating and producing STUDIO 10 but has worked on SUNRISE, THE MORNING SHOW plus other prime time productions in addition to creating award-winning news campaigns for both 7NEWS and 9NEWS. Currently Rob is the host and producer of the TV BLACKBOX, MCKNIGHT TONIGHT and MONSTERS WHO MURDER podcasts plus host & executive producer of the video streaming show THE BEN, ROB & ROBBO SHOW.



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