Highlighting the real-life dramas, emergencies and triumphs of a rural veterinary practice, Village Vets Australia, follows best mates and business partners, Dr Anthony Bennett and Dr James Carroll, when The LifeStyle Channel’s latest local production premieres on Thursday, July 24 at 8.30pm, only on Foxtel.
Village Vets Australia is a heart-warming observational documentary series about the bonds between people and their pets, farmers and their animals, the members of a tight-knit community and at the heart of them all – the friendship of two great mates.
Set in the picturesque Shoalhaven region of New South Wales, Village Vets Australia follows Dr Anthony Bennett and Dr James Carroll as they run their veterinary clinics in Berry, Shoalhaven Heads and Kangaroo Valley and tend to the animals and pets of the close knit communities they have become an integral part of.
Best mates since university and forming an unbeatable working partnership, Anthony and James treat a myriad of animals large and small – from tending to a dying cow and helping to bring many of them in to the world; operating on a bearded dragon who’s swallowed a marble (that’s the equivalent of a person swallowing a bowling ball!); helping an Alpaca mum with her newborn that just won’t feed; conducting in-the-field blood transfusions on a dying sheep; treating some snuffly rescued baby wombats; diagnosing a very sick horse and tending to their roles as honorary vets at the annual Berry Show and the Royal Sydney Show, the vets are constantly caring – each challenge met with a good dose of Australian humour.
In the 5-part one hour series, Anthony and James are also joined by Associate Vets, Bryden Krebs and Hannah Belling and Vet Nurses, Trish Rosa and Kahlia Bugden.
Village Vets Australia premieres Thursday, July 24 at 8.30pm and is produced by Screentime, a Banijay Group company, exclusively for Foxtel’s The LifeStyle Channel.
Foxtel will be the only place to see hot Aussie spunk Richard Brancatisano when his new US television series CHASING LIFE premieres on FOX8 Mondays from July 21 at 8.30pm.
The former Home and Away star who has appeared in Underbelly: Razor, Reef Doctors, White Collar Blue and the Australian horror film Bait will play a leading love interest in the series that follows April Carver (played by Italia Ricci) – a young up-and-coming newspaper journalist who learns she has cancer.
Actor Richard Brancatisano said, “I’m thrilled my new series CHASING LIFE now has a home on FOX8 where Australian audiences will be able to watch it. Getting a role on an American television series is such a massive dream come true for me.
“I’m incredibly fortunate to be part of the ABC Family network and be working on such a brave new series like CHASING LIFE.
“The way the show deals with someone who is diagnosed with cancer at such a young age is very real but at the same time uplifting too. It depicts how it affects every aspect of your life – from personal relationships to the workplace.”
The brand new series with its controversial storyline based around leukemia is an adaptation of the hit Mexican television series Terminales and was cable television’s number one show for 18-39 year olds when it premiered in the US on June 10, 2014.
What can you tell our readers about you? How and where did it all begin?
I became obsessed with guitar after hearing Hendrix for the first time in my home in Sydney Australia. I was 13 and found myself, with a small group of artists, hunting for everything and anything with a guitar in it. At the speed of light I went spinning into the musical void, from Hendrix to Coltrane to the Beatles and Bjork, my love and curiosity for music is still going and to this day it is still the beginning.
Who motivates or influences your quest to make great music?
Anyone who can capture my mind or heart has a strong artistic influence on me.
Do you have any planned tours coming up?
Yes indeed, Sept 6 in Perth at Amplifier, 11th in Melbourne at Howler and Oxford Art Factory in Sydney on the 12th.
What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
What can fans expect from you in the coming months?
Incredible shows. Incredible music.
Success, what is the secret to it and what has been your biggest career highlight so far?
Biggest career highlight would probably have to be touring on a private jet and playing to 60’000 people a night, ahhh the fantasy world.
The secret to success is a pinch of salt.
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
Vintage – Lennon, Bowie, Dylan, Hendrix, Jack Kerouac, Leonard Cohen, Miles Davies. Can.
Modern – John Hopkins(monsters soundtrack), RadioHead, Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode, Siouxsie Sioux, Cocteau twins, The cure – The list goes on!
How would you best describe you and your music to your fans?
Real and Real, no masks here.
What can you tell us about your latest album?
It happened in the blink of an eye. I got a phone call whilst at work one day and was told we are recording an album with Catherine Marks and Allan Moulder as they fell in love with the songs. Next thing I knew I was on a plane and then in Moulder and Floods infamous studio, Assault and Battery. 13 songs were recorded in 11 days. I was personally a little claustrophobic as the pace was extreme, sometimes It was like a freight train in my mind, but the power was captured and a sharp, urgent, melodic album was made.
Are there any new exciting projects in the works?
Yes, I am currently working on a new solo project called Glassmaps,
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
In the music industry.
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Crowded house (half Australian 😉
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
To me the public eye now is like neo looking at the Matrix trickling down like raindrops from the sky on a small screen until something catches their eye. There is so much and it comes at you so fast, in some ways this is a good thing because everybody gets a chance to be seen/heard, and, to get a record out now is easier than ever, there are 1000’s of platforms to buy and sell. The negative side is that the chance to grow with an artist has practically disappeared because there is too much choice. I feel that allot of people may be missing out on things they might eventually fall in love with.
The industry is headless but music will always prevail.