By Peter Douglas
Up-and-coming South Belgrave executive producer, Lachlan Nash, has helped to secure a second season for his show, ‘The Modern Middle East’.
What started out as a collaboration between friends has grown into a unique, well-received project, with the first season gaining unexpectedly high ratings.
Nash said he never anticipated such a positive response, or the breadth of potential topics.
“We’ve only just began to touch the surface of what we’d like to cover,” he said.
“Our ultimate aim is to help foster a more positive image of the Middle East. Yes, there are conflicts – but a lot of people are doing good in the region, too. Then, there is the significant history.”
‘The Modern Middle East’, which is presented by Nash’s friend Gemma Neary, reports on everything from escalating protests and diplomatic blockades, to the discovery of ancient artefacts in Egypt.
The first series aired weekly on Channel 31 in 2017, with an average of 10,000-40,000 viewers an episode.
Season 2 is scheduled to broadcast Australia-wide on Foxtel’s Aurora channel on 6.30pm Thursday nights, from 12 July to 27 September.
The second season intends to increase the production scale and further engage audiences, through in-depth analysis and guest interviews.
Nash said the project has evolved organically and was created simply through pursuing his own interests.
“I’ve always had a keen interest in politics and world affairs. But I’ve also been involved in theatre in various roles, including writing, set-design and performing,” he said.
“It felt like a natural fit. The show highlights news, offers editorial slots and a chance to interview people on many relevant topics, such as religion, resource politics and power-plays.”
Nash said the show was important, because he wants to impart knowledge and inspire younger generations.
In an effort to further the show, the team have set up a crowd-funding campaign.
The funds will go towards three of the production’s most significant expenses: studio hire, catering for the crew and broadcast fees.
To contribute, visit www.australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/the-modern-middle-east/.