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The Thief, The Priest and The Masterpiece

The brazen theft of Caravaggio’s magnificent portrait of St Jerome from Malta’s St John’s co-cathedral in 1984 is the start point to this remarkable true story. The painting’s recovery nearly three year’s later occurred because of the heroic efforts of a handful of loyal Maltese chief amongst them was then curator of Malta’s museums Fr Marius Zerafa. He bore the brunt of the strenuous and at times dangerous negotiations. Below is a link to my 1998 ABC Radio National radio documentary describing this amazing story. The program was first produced for ‘The Europeans’, producers were Maria Zylstra with script supervision by Peter Mears. Click here:

Fine Eye Productions at the 2011 Walkley’s

Fine Eye Productions’ John Doggett-Williams will take his place among the glitterati of Australian journalism at next week’s prestigious 2011 Walkley Awards Media Conference in Brisbane. JDW is a featured speaker. As the blurb says,“JDW will show you the (video journalist) tools that are remaking some of the old rules..”

Fine Eye Productions at the Walkleys

Pure Sound

Toni Collette with Director John Doggett-WilliamsEmmy Award winning actress Toni Collette with Director John Doggett-Williams after completing the narration for Fine Eye’s lastest documentary ‘Pure Sound – The Gyuto Monks of Tibet’.

The program is a unique behind the scenes journey into the esoteric world of  the Gyuto Tantric University. Tibetans believe the Gyuto are,”the masters of the King of Death”.

Doggett-Williams and crew stayed at the monks Northern Indian monastery in Dharamsala where he interviewed several elder monks. All told their stories for the first time.

Here are three short excerpts from our program:

Pure Sound – Gyuto Monks of Tibet/Child monks

Pure Sound – Gyuto Monks of Tibet/Sound

Pure Sound – Gyuto Monks of Tibet/Opening titles 

 

 

South Sudan – The Under-Secretary

After decades of hardship South Sudan officially became an independent country on July 9th.A couple of weeks earlier  John Doggett-Williams met the then Under-Secretary for Health, Dr Olivia Lomoro in Juba and filmed this mini-profile – a pitch for a broader story. Like South Sudan, it is a work in progress.

India Uranium Sales

Australia’s backflip on Uranium sales to India was national news on the sub-continent. See the John Doggett-Williams Times of India report that broke the news.