On Sunday 60 Minutes hears from survivors of a 2007 Melbourne CBD shooting, and catches up with lipstick queen Poppy King.
In the Line of Fire
One moment they were three strangers going to work on an ordinary Monday morning in Melbourne’s CBD. Then, in the blink of an eye, Natalie Gullace, Paul de Waard and Brendan Keilar found themselves deliberately walking into the line of gunfire – staring down and trying to stop an armed madman hellbent on murdering his girlfriend. The heroism the trio showed is beyond words, and while it saved Kaera Douglas’s life it came with a terrible cost. Kaera, Paul and Brendan were shot by drug-fuelled bikie Christopher Hudson, and Brendan died from his wounds. For the first time since the shooting the three survivors reunite to pay tribute to Brendan. They tell Tara Brown the trauma of that day will never leave them, and that a fate as cruel as this should be a reminder to everyone that there’s nothing more precious than life itself.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Producer: Laura Sparkes
Remember Poppy King? Twenty-five years ago the then-teenage cosmetics entrepreneur from Melbourne could do no wrong. From nothing, Poppy created a multimillion-dollar lipstick empire and was even named Young Australian of the Year. But when the business hit hard times and collapsed, the lipstick queen’s reputation, once so admired, was smudged almost beyond repair. Red-faced Poppy King left Australia, believing she would never come back. She moved to New York where she picked herself up and dusted herself off. It has taken years of hard work, but as Liz Hayes discovers, a 45-year-old Poppy is now back in business and absolutely thriving.
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Producer: Phil Goyen
8:30pm Sunday on Nine.