In a meaningful bid to shine the light on heartbreaking stories of injustice and social issues, four former Victorian beauty pageant queens embark on a quest that's expected to shift the culture of Australian TV for the greater good, with the captivating documentary series Behind The Sash set to premiere Saturday October 26 on Channel 10 Peach.
In its 10-part series, Behind The Sash will reveal powerful revelations on the unique locations visited, by uncovering real issues of injustice, fighting on the frontline of the social landscape, and working alongside local organisations that are directly combating them.
Each episode featured within the documentary series follows a unique journey considered equally heartwarming, as it is devastatingly eye opening. From visiting the local streets of Melbourne to explore the issue of homelessness, to witnessing a life-changing operation on a four-year-old boy in Nepal that is about to see his parents for the first time, Danielle McAlpine-Johnson believes the significance of the issues justify the ultimate purpose for the platform.
Question: Can you tell us about Behind The Sash?
Danielle McAlpine Johnson: Behind The Sash is a 10-part Humanitarian Documentary series developed to shine a light on issues of injustice impacting women and children in Australia and abroad. We follow four extraordinary women as they search for Australia's most influential and up and coming humanitarians on the rise, in search for the next Mrs Australia. But this platform is not what you think! It's a platform to give women a voice, removing all competition and comparison between women and allowing true sisterhood to flourish!
Question: When and how did you come up with the idea to create Behind The Sash?
Danielle McAlpine Johnson: Behind The Sash has been brewing in me for about four years now. Originally the concept birthed out of my experience within the pageant industry and over the journey of development I married this with my passion to use the entertainment industry as a platform to highlight injustice. After putting it on the self for three years, I was prompted to redevelop it. When Channel 10 picked up the new concept we proposed based around searching for humanitarian hearted women and shining a light on issues of injustice my heart exploded. My husband Chico Johnson is a singer song writer and we are deeply passionate about using the arts and entertainment industry as a means to reach the next generation and see a significant shift across humanity. We believe every human being has a divine purpose for their life and want them to know that! This platform allows us to not only shine a light on these issues but also highlight to many that no matter the struggle or trepidation we go through, we can rise up and make a difference!
Question: Can you talk us through the process of bringing Behind The Sash to life?
Danielle McAlpine Johnson: It hasn't been an easy ride! Usually in production in an ideal world you would break it down into three stages… pre-production, production and post-production. But when I received the phone call that it was go time and our deadline was only six months later we had the choice to either proceed and fight for those without a voice or lay it down. We said yes and here we are five and a half months later still grinding to get Behind The Sash across the line. There has been many 2am bed times for a few of us and much blood, sweat and tears. But when you understand that the purpose behind what you are doing far outweighs your own selfish desires, then it gives you the supernatural ability to push through the gate and get the job done. I only have to think about the youth suicide rate of the Aboriginal community or restoring the sight of a child in Nepal to find the strength it takes to keep waking up each day. At times I've wanted to crawl into a cave and hide, but my kids, husband and mentors are such a great support! It's not an easy gig, but we're praying that it has a deep rooted impact.