Countdown to a Letdown

Election 2007

I wasn’t really intending to do this here, but it seems like the easiest place. We’ve finally begun putting clips from the community television iteration of The Bazura Project* back online after a temporary ABC-mandated removal, and have been linking directly to the YouTube clips on our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

With a federal election only 24 depressing hours away, this seemed like a good time to remind you that in 2007 we stepped away from movies** to make a one-hour election special that aired the night before the event. Shannon Marinko and I were joined by TV presenter Emma Race and comedian Adam Knox for what many critics described as “on television”.

The entire special is divided into many clips, and it seemed like the best thing to do would be to collate them in one easy-to-click-on place. Until we finally get around to rebuilding the Bazura website, this place here will have to do. So, cast your minds back to the time of an incumbent John Howard and a slightly-fresher-faced Kevin Rudd, and, with a clear understanding of the limitations of community TV budgets as well as 2007 era video formats, please enjoy Election 2007: Countdown to a Letdown.

How true that unavoidably prescient subtitle now seems.

The Bazura Project, n. a TV show about movies that ran for 36 episodes on Australian community television from 2006 to 2008, then for a season on ABC2 in 2011 as The Bazura Project’s Guide To Sinema. More information can be found here. Less information can be found here. Fewer information can be found here. Some information can be found here.

** Having said that, there are at least five movie references in this special. A leopard can’t change the fact that it was directed by Luchino Visconti in 1963.