Tuesday, September 13, 2005

My Brief But Dazzling Future Career in Australian Television

Not many people know it, but in a few years time, I will be a has-been, a piece of human detritus, chewn up and spat out of the ravening maw that is the Australian television industry. No, really. It will all start next month, at a party in some house in Brunswick or another, when I run into a television producer and tell him about my quirky yet whimsical, violent yet compelling idea for Australian television. Three days later, I will be called by him, out of the blue, and offered the opportunity to become producer for the show.

SILENCE OF THE HAMS - an ultra-realist piece of fiction about the Australian film industry, with a cast to die for.

Nicole Kidman - played by Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow - played by Carlotta
Bill Hunter - played by Paul Hogan
Paul Hogan - played by Rove McManus

Basically, it will be just like any other Australian film. It will be about the struggles of a community of twenty-something young actors who suddenly find themselves hunted by a serial-killer. The premiere episode will end with the ritual death of Nicole Kidman (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) on a funeral pire, as a sacrifice to the God Ereshkigal.
The following episode will be exactly the same in plot to the first. The show will run for a record 32 series, and become a staple of the Australian television industry.

Or something like that. Actually, I haven't thought about it that much. Anyway, the killer turns out to be Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, or John Howard, or somebody.
Then, suddenly, without reason, the show will be dropped and I will be cut off from the television industry. Disillusioned and angry, I will take to drink, and become a bitter, wretched old man living in a hovel on the edge of the Simpson desert with the help of an Australian Film Industry grant, taking pot-shots at British tourists as they drive past.
I've got it all planned out.


coffee and cigarettes said...

do they have alcohol in the middle of the Simpson Desert? Maybe they have a beer mine?

TimT said...

I'm having the pipeline installed now, right from the desert into my secret beer-stash at the bottom of the ocean.

"Australians prefer a drink in a room to a room in the drink." - P J O'Rourke.

coffee and cigarettes said...

don't you just love PJ O'Rourke :-)

coffee and cigarettes said...

don't you just love PJ O'Rourke :-)

Darlene said...

Well, stranger things have happened, and especially in Brunswick.

Rachy said...

Indeed. I remember my good old Brunswick days!

TimT said...

P.J. O'Rourke rocks, and Brunswick's not bad either.

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