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A tale of two videos about Canberra

Charlotte Harper 23 October 2015 8

Canberra: The Musical

A few years back the ABC TV program The Beast poked fun at the capital with a cringe-inspiring video, ‘Canberra: The Musical’, mocking our roundabouts, fake lake and bureaucratic heritage.

One redeeming feature was a cameo appearance by the late great Peter Harvey at the end. Sorry to those of you who involved producing it, yes, it’s clever and meant in fun, but we’re just not fans of Canberra bashing here.

In contrast, a stunning film about our city made by a Canberra production company and featuring a reworked version of ‘Under the milky way’ has won a silver ‘Dolphin’ trophy in Cannes. Screencraft picked up the award at the annual Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards on Friday. You can watch their gorgeous film, ‘Canberra. The world’s most liveable city’, here (go for full screen mode if you can):

Which one do you think best reflects life in our hometown?


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Tooks Tooks 6:17 pm 20 Oct 15

Alexandra Craig said :

Kalliste said :

That second one may have been beautifully shot but damn it was boring.. wow look Canberra has some wine, and some coffee.. there’s a lake, here’s a museu..zzzzzzzz..

I’d prefer to watch The Roundabout Crew’s ‘shit nobody says in Canberra’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuRDj-d7nVw

Yessss! My thoughts exactly. Beautiful shots but so, so boring – which is half the problem, people think Canberra is boring and then we go and make a boring video to try and convince people we’re not boring.

I’m happy for outsiders to think Canberra is boring and a cr@p place to live. People are far too defensive about criticism of their city. I like living here. I could live in any city in this country but I choose to live here. What other people think is irrelevant.

Smithers Smithers 12:05 pm 20 Oct 15

Oh man that was awful. And riotact is awful for sharing it again. Boo.

Alexandra Craig Alexandra Craig 8:52 am 20 Oct 15

Kalliste said :

That second one may have been beautifully shot but damn it was boring.. wow look Canberra has some wine, and some coffee.. there’s a lake, here’s a museu..zzzzzzzz..

I’d prefer to watch The Roundabout Crew’s ‘shit nobody says in Canberra’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuRDj-d7nVw

Yessss! My thoughts exactly. Beautiful shots but so, so boring – which is half the problem, people think Canberra is boring and then we go and make a boring video to try and convince people we’re not boring.

Kalliste Kalliste 9:11 pm 19 Oct 15

That second one may have been beautifully shot but damn it was boring.. wow look Canberra has some wine, and some coffee.. there’s a lake, here’s a museu..zzzzzzzz..

I’d prefer to watch The Roundabout Crew’s ‘shit nobody says in Canberra’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuRDj-d7nVw

    Charlotte Harper Charlotte Harper 9:57 pm 19 Oct 15

    Another one I’d forgotten about, hilarious, thanks for posting it!

Masquara Masquara 6:43 pm 19 Oct 15

Is this the little film that was accused of plagiarising by another crew who had made a gorgeous movie set to the same music – a year or so earlier? Anyone know? I vaguely recall a discussion on social media …

RiotFrog RiotFrog 11:51 am 19 Oct 15

I cannot believe that you haven’t mentioned this masterpiece! ‘Canberra – How many stars?’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe5xuWmtlVA

    Charlotte Harper Charlotte Harper 12:08 pm 19 Oct 15

    I hadn’t seen that one! Love the arms spread wide demonstrating space to move in Civic.

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