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Bunch of Fives Blow Job on Canberra Review

By johnboy - 13 July 2005 2

Over on the stinking mess of advertorial and stale content known as the Canberra Review, Emma Gibson has written an amazing puff piece in the honour of her editor Jorian Gardner.

If you haven’t been to A Bunch of Fives (and by jingo you should go!), the premise is five actors performing a five minute monologue each, based loosely on a common theme. There is also musical entertainment in between. It’s a great way to relax on a Friday night, and enjoy some of Canberra’s most talented writers and performers.

I realise it’s quite the step up for the CityNews group to even acknowledge that Jorian is the editor. And I’ll even concede that I descend from a particularly long line of schmucks for propriety. Just a couple of weeks ago I decided I couldn’t write up the final of the Pot Belly acoustic challenge because as dumb luck would have it I’d given one of the winners a ride to the venue. So frankly I’m appalled to see this kind of gash:

So Happy Birthday to them. The next theme is Rage on August 12, where you might even see this little black duck have a go at performing.

I love Bunch of Fives. That’s why it hurts me to see Jorian, as its creator, compromise his, and the event’s credibility.

What’s Your opinion?


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Bunch of Fives Blow Job on Canberra Review
EMMA GIBSON 3:37 pm 22 Jul 05

First, thanks for reading the review. I’m sure all the Canberra Review/ City News will be pleased to know their “stale” publication is still reaching a large audience.

I appreciate that you don’t know me, nor my relationship with my editor, because if you did, you would recognise that I’m one of the first to view Jorian Gardner and his work critically.

However, I pride myself on being a fair critic.
It seems to be fashionable to attack Jorian Gardner for his harsh critical style and yet a fair review of a worthy gig cops the same attack.

Setting the scene and giving the background on a gig, and, as a reviewer, giving an opinion (that’s what a review’s all about after all) is quite different from promotional copy.
a) I’m not paid to write it
b) It’s my honest opinion, which is not to be confused with (and is quite seperate to) Gardner’s opinion.

Further, do you really think Jorian Gardner needs a ‘puff piece’? Public consensus appears to be that his ego is large enough already.

You’ve conceded yourself that Bunch of Fives is a good event.
And let’s be honest, in a town as small as Canberra, any arts event becomes a ‘mates event’, that however, doesn’t mean the individual’s merit is not a consideration. I’m yet to see an exceedingly untalented performer.

Yeah, the artistic director of A Bunch of Fives is the same guy as the editor of the Canberra. That would be why the fact was identified in the review. And the last line of the review is supposed to be a bit of a joke.

But… on a final note.
Thankyou johnboy, you’ve now inspired me to write a piece for the next bunch of fives.
The theme is Rage.
I do hope you’ll come see it.

simto 11:57 am 14 Jul 05

Jorian Gardener and impartial journalism do not belong in the same sentance, unless you include “does not practice” in between. He’s a promoter, pure and simple. There’s nothing wrong with it (indeed, for artists, there’s a lot that’s very good with having someone promote them with a regular publication), but let’s not kid ourselves that he’s a journalist.

Having said that, there’s some very dubiously written publicity in the “Canberra Review”, and it doesn’t reflect well on the event, the publication or the “reviewer” to flat out say “well, I’m hoping to be in it next time”. It leads to the fairly obvious implication being drawn that it’s a mates event, not something where performance is based on merit. Which, I’m hoping, is an unfair assumption.

In full disclosure mode: I’ve never seen “Bunch of Fives”, and have no real acquaintance with Jorian Garnder.

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