Law Week Podcast
Colourful Characters, Crime and Consequence - Law on the Small Screen - Law Week Podcast 2019

Colourful Characters, Crime and Consequence - Law on the Small Screen - Law Week Podcast 2019

May 17, 2019

True crime, murder mysteries, police procedurals and sexy stories about the morally dubious – our TV screens and Netflix queues are packed with shows about lawyers, coppers and the law.

The law has it all: colourful characters, extreme behaviours, webs of intrigue and dire consequences. Perfect tele fodder, but does it do the reputation of the law harm or good?

The second Law Week podcast from the Victoria Law Foundation brings together some highly-talented crafters of televisual crime for a conversation about all of the above and more before a live audience.

VLF Executive Director Lynne Haultain was joined by Niki Aken (Underbelly, Janet King), Hillary Bonney (barrister, true crime author and TV adviser) and Elizabeth Coleman (Wanted, Newton’s Law, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) to discuss the impact of our fascination with stories about crime and punishment, how closely television dramas reflect real life, and whether our addiction helps or hinders our understanding of law and justice.

Our podcast was recorded live at Deakin Downtown in Melbourne during Law Week 2019

Law in the digital era - Law Week 2018 podcast

Law in the digital era - Law Week 2018 podcast

May 13, 2018

Law in the digital era: What goes into creating investigative podcasts?

The phenomenally successful ‘Serial’ and other investigative podcasts have ushered in a new age in journalism and focused the public mind on the legal process in a whole new way.

Listen to this one-off podcast to hear from the people behind TRACE (Rachael Brown) and Phoebe’s Fall (Richard Baker), together with ABC Radio National’s The Law Report (Damien Carrick), as they discuss the intricacies and hurdles in producing an investigative podcast in today’s legal landscape, and how this format can raise public awareness of law enforcement and the justice system.

Hosted by Lynne Haultain, Executive Director of Victoria Law Foundation and former ABC broadcaster.