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Title Who Do You Think You Are?: Susie Porter - Series 5, Ep 6 of 8 / Director: Wilkins, Robert
Published Australia : SBS ONE, 2012
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Series Who Do You Think You Are? ; Series 5, Episode 6
Summary Acclaimed actress Susie Porter goes on an incredible journey of heartache and self-discovery in this week's episode of Who Do You Think You Are?. Susie faces the past head on when she looks into the story of her grandmother's mental illness. Susie herself has learnt to cope with moments of depression and what she discovers on her journey is not just one but successive generations of family members for whom mental illness has impacted on their lives.Susie's grandmother Gloria was institutionalised for six years in the Callan Park Mental Hospital in Sydney. Susie is horrified to learn of the conditions there, but in a heart-warming twist finds out how her grandfather John stood by his wife and successfully petitioned to get her out.In Gloria's medical files, Susie uncovers a heartbreaking family secret. Her great grandmother Winifred also spent time in a mental hospital, dying in Ballarat Mental Hospital 31 years after she was admitted. Winifred's incarceration and the bleak hospital conditions are a grim reminder to Susie of how far treatment of mental health has come in just two generations.Susie also delves deeper into her family past and looks back further to another generation to learn about Winifred's parents and discovers a feisty soul in the form of her great, great grandmother Eliza. (Commissioned by SBS) (Documentary Series) PG (N,A) CC Follow the conversation on Twitter #WDYTYA
Event Broadcast 2013-05-07 at 19:30:00
Notes Classification: PG
Subject Celebrities -- Family relationships.
Genealogy.
Grandmothers.
Mental illness -- Treatment.
Mentally ill women.
New South Wales -- Sydney.
Form Streaming video
Author Wilkins, Robert, director
Mellick, Richard, cast
Porter, Susie, contributor