By complete accident I came across Space_ tonight on 11.
It is always a delight to see spaces and places you know portrayed on broadcast TV. I used to live in London and if it’s a thrill there then in Canberra it goes double.
TV Tonight has the lowdown on this low budget one off exploration of Canberra.
There’s a lot to like here, particularly an attractive cast.
Claudia Vannithone is playing herself (or at least as much of herself as she shares with the public) and as someone who knows her at first I thought, yep that’s Claudia being beautiful to get what she wants. But then it occurred to me that I’ve actually met her in social situations where she had nothing to gain and was still absolutely charming.
So Claudia is well worth knowing even if vicariously in something like Space_
The bigger problem is the way the show doesn’t know if it’s drama, reality, or a reality takeoff a’la The Office.
They cut to interview scenes in which the protagonists detail foreknowledge which any rational narrative would preclude.
As a proud inner northican any portrayal of our world which runs between a smart rebuild, Uni Pub, and Bellabar (wot used to be that bar under the old Lakeside) and, (gosh aren’t we yokels excited by an elevator) a penthouse party in the Space apartments on Northbourne is at best glib.
The acting was porn grade and odd moments of lightness in the script were lumpishly delivered.
I understand the guys who made it are only 23, and if it was just a youtube release I’d have gushed about it. But broadcast TV?
Looking forward to something more substantial, but I admire they got it off the ground and onto the air.