I had been under the mistaken impression that Third Coast Festival was for audio drama, not audio documentary. I have no problem with audio documentary, but as I prefer drama and don’t have an excess amount of time, if I had known what I was about to listen to was documentary rather than drama, I might have missed two very moving pieces.
They both come from 2007. The Boy Who Never Returned is the true story of a family from rural New Brunswick, Canada. In 1967, Dickie Hovey, a teenaged musician, left his small town for Toronto. He never returned home. His siblings always believed that he would one day return; they never expected that he had been murdered. His remains were found in a remote field, but it wasn’t until the forensic reconstruction artist put clay to the remains that the siblings had any information on what happened to their brother. Produced for CBC’s Maritime Magazine, The Boy Who Never Returned was produced by Myfanwy Davies and Steve Wadhams.
Julie Kimberley in Australia documented the brain injury that changed the life of her brother Matt in The Beauty of Bulldog for ABC. Like Phineas Gage, Matt survived his accident, but his personality changed completely. He had to relearn basic human functioning at the age of 18 and now, at the age of 40, lives alone on a farm. Through remembered stories, the documentary producer built up a difficult life that had repercussions on the entire family.