Six weeks on from the death of the Crocodile Hunter, Australian Story explores the Steve Irwin legacy – and the moves that are already being made to ensure his work is continued.Bindi Irwin is interviewed for the first time. And Steve Irwin’s off-camera friend and manager, John Stainton talks revealingly about handling personal shock and grief in tandem with public mourning and a worldwide media frenzy.
At Irwin’s death, it was Stainton who stepped up to become the public face of the Crocodile Hunter phenomenon.
Now some of the focus is starting to switch to eight-year-old Bindi Irwin – a development that’s drawing criticism in some quarters.John Stainton acknowledges that there may be some negative reaction but says “I think that they (the critics) don’t understand that this little girl is very much enjoying what she’s doing. She is in control.”
Australian Story filmed on location this week as Bindi, accompanied by her mother, resumed work on the ‘Bindi the Jungle Girl’ program for the American Discovery Channel.The program goes behind the scenes of the last six weeks – and gets a glimpse of the future, with previously unbroadcast material from Bindi’s new program and candid behind-the-scenes footage captured during the Steve Irwin memorial event.
Australian Story, an Australian ABC television programme, featured the Irwin family as they continue their life sans Steve.
http://www.abc.net.au/austory/xml/as_podcast.xml is the podcast link.
http://www.abc.net.au/austory/xml/as_vodcast.xml is the vodcast link and can be played on an iPod.
The Australian Story website has lots of interesting additional material including extended interviews with Bindi, John Stainton and Wes Mannion and an old interview with Steve Irwin himself back in 2003.