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At home with Julia. They moved The Lodge to Sydney?

By johnboy 8 September 2011 23

amanda bishop as julia gillard

At Home With Julia debuted on the ABC last night.

It was pleasant enough and I found quite a few things to laugh about (albeit mostly the independents).

But one thing that really grated was the exterior shots.

Has The Lodge been moved to Sydney?

It looked like it was positioned on a sleepy street in Sydney’s North Shore, complete with brownstone wall:

brownstone wall

This is rather different to the reality of Adelaide Avenue:

the lodge

Anyone else bugged by this?


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Merle 10:15 am 09 Sep 11

Mysteryman said :

I find it more disturbing that they’ve chosen to make a TV show about one of the most underwhelming and forgettable PMs we’ve ever had.

I think it’s fascinating that they’ve decided to make a comedy show about the personal life of a current head of state. Does anywhere else in the world have something similar?

Grail 10:53 pm 08 Sep 11

johnboy said :

they all looked like the places they were meant to be though,

If you say so 🙂 Julia’s place in the TV show has a gate and a big stone wall out the front.

In much the same way that the Minister’s desk in Yes Minister was located in an office with a window.

ImagineThat 8:31 pm 08 Sep 11

I agree the independents were wonderful. Poor T-rex! I can’t wait for a bit of budgie smuggling in a future episode!

MlleBrandt 8:25 pm 08 Sep 11

Poor T-Rex. Love the idea of reversing the old breadwinner/housewife partnership though, and I had a good chuckle at his expense.

This is the funniest thing I can remember seeing on Australian television in ages, aside from the Gruen Transfer. (That said, I wasn’t too keen on last night’s episode).

jsm2090 12:48 pm 08 Sep 11

johnboy said :

Normally pronounced “Hey Zeus” though.

Indeed, and it was funny for a nanosecond.

johnboy 12:41 pm 08 Sep 11

Normally pronounced “Hey Zeus” though.

jsm2090 12:40 pm 08 Sep 11

It started out with promise, but became quite irritating after about 15 mins. I noticed the protective service car out the front of ‘the lodge’ had ‘Y’ plates, so they got that right. I think they got the idea of a Mexican handyman/gardener named Jesus from Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm……

Mysteryman 12:21 pm 08 Sep 11

I find it more disturbing that they’ve chosen to make a TV show about one of the most underwhelming and forgettable PMs we’ve ever had.

johnboy 12:20 pm 08 Sep 11

Grail said :

And in breaking news, “Avatar” wasn’t actually filmed on Pandora, “Star Wars” wasn’t actually filmed on Tatooine, “Yes, Minister” wasn’t actually filmed in Parliament House, and the guy playing Pan from “Midsummer Night’s Dream” isn’t actually a pixie (he might be a fairy though).

“At home with Julia” is merely a vehicle for a Julia impersonator to provide us with a few chuckles through political parody and satire. It is not intended to be an accurate portrayal of Canberra. Realism and special effects do not substitute for good storytelling. In fact, ask any dramatic writer and they’ll tell you that realism often gets in the way of the story.

I watched it, I chuckled. I will watch it again.

they all looked like the places they were meant to be though,

Grail 12:07 pm 08 Sep 11

And in breaking news, “Avatar” wasn’t actually filmed on Pandora, “Star Wars” wasn’t actually filmed on Tatooine, “Yes, Minister” wasn’t actually filmed in Parliament House, and the guy playing Pan from “Midsummer Night’s Dream” isn’t actually a pixie (he might be a fairy though).

“At home with Julia” is merely a vehicle for a Julia impersonator to provide us with a few chuckles through political parody and satire. It is not intended to be an accurate portrayal of Canberra. Realism and special effects do not substitute for good storytelling. In fact, ask any dramatic writer and they’ll tell you that realism often gets in the way of the story.

I watched it, I chuckled. I will watch it again.

dtc 11:37 am 08 Sep 11

madamcholet said :

I think it was a given that it wasn’t Canberra, but the confirmation for me was that the recycling bin that “Teapot” wheeled out had a red lid, so they hadn’t really done any research

Hah, I noticed the red lid bin as well

Holden Caulfield 11:30 am 08 Sep 11

milkman said :

Who even watches this crap?

John Moulis?

Holden Caulfield 11:29 am 08 Sep 11

Yeah the exterior shots of the lodge do annoy me a little. I also noticed the red lid on the bin. Would have been nice if some exterior shots were in Canberra.

No biggie, the show itself was pretty good I thought. There were lots of guffaws at the Caulfield residence.

milkman 11:24 am 08 Sep 11

Who even watches this crap?

Calamity 11:13 am 08 Sep 11

troll-sniffer said :

Caught the first half so far, it’s just slightly better than I was expecting, ie quite watchable if the critical side of the persona is turned down in favour of the ‘just watch and enjoy’ mode.

It’s a bit of an ask to accept the Lodge when we know it so well but what choice did they have? The chosen house is actually quite a good replacement from most angles.

I agree – pretty good replacement, I thought. I was pleasantly surprised to find I quite enjoyed it! And it’s the first Gillard impression that didn’t have my cringing! I’ll watch again 🙂

EvanJames 11:11 am 08 Sep 11

Yeah, I was a bit irritated, why couldn’t they do it in Canberra or at least make it authentic? The grocery shop where Tim tried to buy aussie meat was, I imagine, meant to be Coles at Manuka but it wasn’t.

That said, it was a lot funnier than I expected, and with some pathos thrown in, too. The clown-fest of the independants turning up in a ute was bloody brilliant. Loved it. And mixing all the imported beers and pretending it was home-brew… looking forward to next week.

troll-sniffer 11:03 am 08 Sep 11

Caught the first half so far, it’s just slightly better than I was expecting, ie quite watchable if the critical side of the persona is turned down in favour of the ‘just watch and enjoy’ mode.

It’s a bit of an ask to accept the Lodge when we know it so well but what choice did they have? The chosen house is actually quite a good replacement from most angles.

madamcholet 11:00 am 08 Sep 11

I think it was a given that it wasn’t Canberra, but the confirmation for me was that the recycling bin that “Teapot” wheeled out had a red lid, so they hadn’t really done any research – not that seeing a red lid bothered me at all before anyone jumps on that comment and tells me to get over it. The kids hanging around outside was also pretty silly.

Overall I thought it was a good albeit obvious idea executed in a fairly average way. Not sure how they are going to fill more episodes – if they don’t come up with anything more than the bored house husband scenario.

johnboy 10:57 am 08 Sep 11

I thought the mexican cleaner was an odd touch too.

In my time walking the corridors of power all the cleaners were indonesian.

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