60 Minutes February 15

This week 60 Minutes has Shark Attacks,  Reese Witherspoon and more on the Sydney Siege 

GREAT WHITE MENACE

Sean Pollard has a remarkable tale to tell. On October 2 last year he was attacked by a Great White Shark at a remote surfing spot near Esperance in Western Australia. The shark charged at Sean three times, taking a big chunk out his board, then his legs, and finally biting off both of his arms. Just when Sean thought he was gone, he managed to tear himself free, only to get hit from behind by a second Great White. It’s the first known attack of its kind – anywhere in the world. Unbelievably, Sean’s will to live overpowered his pain, shock and loss of blood. He kicked like crazy until catching the wave of his life, backwards and upside down, to get away from the sharks. But he was still 50 metres from shore, at one of Australia’s most remote beaches, and 700km from the life-saving surgery he needed. This Sunday on 60 Minutes, Sean tells Michael Usher his extraordinary story of survival and good luck, and thanks the inspiring locals who helped save him.

Reporter: Michael Usher Producer: Garry McNab

WILD REESE

To be a Hollywood veteran before you turn 40 is no mean feat, but then Reese Witherspoon did start making movies when she was just 14. By 29 she had won an Oscar, but despite all her wealth and success she couldn’t land the roles she wanted. Her career was floundering. So Reese took matters into her own hands and started making films herself. She has produced two of the standout films this summer, Gone Girl and Wild, in which she also plays the lead role. Her resurgence started with an Australian business partner and their shared desire to make movies about strong women. In this raw and emotional interview, Reese Witherspoon goes back to her childhood home, her high school, and opens up about her mother, grandmother and her own personal pain.

Reporter: Charlie Rose from CBS 60 Minutes

SIEGE SURVIVORS

Last Sunday, Australia was in awe and overcome by the bravery and strength of the survivors of the Lindt Café Siege, especially the composure, courage and selflessness of Jarrod Morton-Hoffman, Fiona Ma and Joel Herat. These three young university students, two of them teenagers, are shining examples of what it means to be Australian. They put the safety and wellbeing of their mates, and complete strangers, ahead of their own, and repeatedly took risks to help others cope, while simultaneously ignoring multiple chances to escape. We put this to Jarrod, Joel and Fiona, and in their typical humble fashion they impressed us even more.

 Sunday 7:45 PM on Nine.