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Entertainment Comment: Look Me In The Eye is the most powerful show on Australian TV.

04:27  14 september  2017
04:27  14 september  2017 Source:

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Ray Martin hosts ' Look Me in the Eye '. (SBS). Previous Next Show Grid. What you didn't see was even more powerful because we had to cut wonderful stuff out because of time reasons, and that's television . If a dramatist set out to write it, you couldn't write it any more powerfully .

Comment activity. Edit profile. Email preferences. Estranged people staring at each other in silence doesn’t seem like a compelling premise for a TV show , but Look Me in the Eye is genuinely moving. Read more . This show is compelling perhaps in spite of its premise (it calls to mind Marina

  Comment: Look Me In The Eye is the most powerful show on Australian TV. © Twitter/tvtonightau

If you loved the pure honesty of You Can’t Ask That, there’s a new show you need to add to your schedule.

It’s called Look Me In The Eye, it will probably make you cry but it might also make you a better person.

The show is hosted by Ray Martin and is based on a UK format that’s been adapted for an Australian audience. It aims to answer one question – can eye contact alone repair a broken relationship?

You’ll be surprised at the answer.

Inspired by the social theory of the power of eye contact, pairs of people who are either estranged or experiencing problems have to look at each other square in the eyes for five minutes. They’re not allowed to say a word.

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Read more . It’s hard to miss the show ’s rich, no-bullshit Australian vernacular, rare as that way of speaking is these days. I think there’s a strong attachment to that older, powerful Australian vernacular that existed in previous generations before the infiltration of MTV.” View more comments .

Look Me In The Eye is an Australian reality television documentary series on SBS. The series features estranged family members, friends and colleagues sit down face to face for five minutes without speaking a word and cameras capture what happens next.

Once their time is up, they have time to themselves in separate rooms where they then decide if they want to meet again and talk or if they’ve had enough and never want to see each other again.

The 17 couples featured in the six part series range from an estranged father and daughter to former child solder Ayik who faces his former prison guard.

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'I wouldn't want to do it myself': Ray Martin, 72, reveals he was sceptical about controversial new show Look Me In The Eyes which sees a boy soldier come face-to-face with his TORTURER. He's the one of Australia 's most renowned TV journalists. Share or comment on this article: e-mail.

This woman, whose background is Swedish, was one of many who took part in the powerful video. 'I don't really look Australian ,' another woman, whose Chuckle Brothers Barry, 73, and Paul, 70, are making TV comeback after landing new show on Channel 5 Almost ten years after saying goodbye.

Viewers took to social media after the first episode last week to describe it as "absolutely gutwrenching" and "the most emotional and confronting TV [I] have ever watched".

"THIS is how TV should be used. As a medium to tell powerful HUMAN stories of love, healing, growth, unity. and forgiveness. Let's showcase humanity being its best version. So we can all become our own best version. God this is good. No... GREAT," wrote another.

It's simple yet powerful television that's handled beautifully.

"Everyone I've spoken to who has watched the show has dissolved into a puddle of tears just describing the moment they watched it," Mamamia Entertainment Editor and The Binge host Laura Brodnik said on the latest episode.

"It's in a format that could feel exploitative, if it wasn't done in such a nuanced way, it's also seen through a pureley emotional and human lens. There's no sense that these people are being pushed beyond their limits.

"There's no live audience or crazy Dr Phil coming in and questioning them, just two people deciding whether they can forgive and reconnect and you just watch it happen."

The six part series is on SBS on Wednesdays at 8:30pm and is also available to stream on SBS On Demand.

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