Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation

They’re rigged, they’re addictive and they’re everywhere.

 “A sharp and explosive insight into ‘the crack cocaine of gambling’”   TV WEEK

In this ground-breaking expose, industry insiders go on the record to explain how carefully Pokies are programmed for addiction. They’re joined by world-leading neuroscientists, taking you into the lab to reveal how these machines work on the deepest levels of our brains, leading some researchers to call them “electronic morphine”. And, we reveal how successive Australian governments have become the biggest addicts of all.

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Behind the Scenes



Walkley Documentary Award – Longlist 2016


Highly Commended – Documentary Stand Alone – Australian Directors Guild Awards 2016


Winner – Best Film and Digital – Adelaide Fringe Festival Banksa Award 2016


Official Selection – REEL Recovery Film Festival 2016


Double finalist – ATOM Awards 2015 

–  Best Documentary – Social and Political Issues

–  Best Documentary – Science, Technology & the Environment 


Executive Producer

Neil Lawrence


Jane Manning


Mitzi Goldman
Neil Lawrence


Andrea Lang


Neil Lawrence
Andrea Lang
Jane Manning


Jonathan Zwartz

Sound Design

Sam Petty