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Rebels Of OZ

PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:29 am
by Garth Cartwright
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... -episode-2

I grew up in 1980s NZ aware that in the 1960s a handful of young Australians had hit London and made tidal waves in the arts, comedy and feminism. I'd seen the first Barry Humprhries movie and Dame Edna on TV, read Robert Hughes and Germaine Greer and Clive James (never a big fan of CJ - he never quite did it for me). Well, Hughes is gone now and James is soon to go. Greer's an environmentalist and as this programme shows still acerbic and quotable. I went to see Dame Edna's farewell show last year - the first half with Sir Les was as funny as anything I've ever seen while the Dame Edna part found Humphries coasting, relying more on teasing audience members. But, still, what a comic talent. Interesting to watch this and see that initially he was the underperformer of the four, a washed up alcoholic in the early 1970s. I didn't see the first episode so will watch that later. But last night's episode was brauva TV - ideas and writing discussed as sexy, revolutionary material that involved a helluva lot of fun. I wonder if the first episode also mentions Richard Neville and John Pilger - who also arrived in London in the 1960s and made equal impact?

Re: Rebels Of OZ

PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:44 pm
by Adam Blake
Garth Cartwright wrote: Richard Neville and John Pilger - who also arrived in London in the 1960s and made equal impact?



Thanks for the heads-up, Garth.

Neville's book is kind of fun - "The Hippie Hippie Shake". He was a shameless self-promoter and wideboy but he was funny. I don't think he's quite on a par with Germaine, however. She really did change things. Not sure about Neville!