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Somersault on SBS tonight at 9:30pm


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Tonight on SBS at 9:30pm is a film called Sommersault. Released in 2004, and directed by Cate Shortland, the film stars Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington.

The story starts in the “unreality” of Canberra, where a 15 year old incredibly naive Heidi makes a pass at her mothers boyfriend, only for her to walk in on it. Heidi flees Canberra for the snow town of Jindabyne, where she meets Joe…

I realise thats probably the worst summary of a movie in history, but I’m really more a TV guy. That said, its a beautiful film, with its soundtrack by Decoder Ring, so if your not doing anything else tonight, give this Australian made, official selection for the Cannes Film Festival movie a chance.

The making of Top Gear and the fate of season 10.

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(The above videos are Jimmy Carr looking behind the scenes of the Emmy award winning Top Gear. It was originally part of a “best of” episode.)

This isn’t the first time I’ve gushed over Top Gear, and probably won’t be the last. But when Jeremy Clarkson asks the world what should become of the show I thought it was probably worth bringing up.

And although Jeremy questions the recent direction of the show, I’m sure he’s well aware his little car magazine is reaching a television nirvana, not just for motoring programs, but for any type of broadcast on the medium.

It puts us on level terms with Eastenders. It means we are, give or take, the most watched show on the BBC. And that’s just in Britain. Factor in the rest of the world, and TG is effing massive.

When a show can give you goosebumps, makes you pace with excitement, giddy with laughter, silent in awe, and turn little more then three journalists into something more akin to the cast of Seinfeld, it seems the Orwellian prediction of televisions future is a little less Big Brother, and a little bit more cocking around with your mates (albeit filmed better than most movies).

So let Jeremy know what you think, but the shows natural evolution has, and will, continue to serve it better than any focus group could.

A new world in the morning, thats tonight.

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SBS World News Australia relaunched on Monday last week. The above is a selection of tonights episode to give you a feel of what its all about. The new opener (with Google logo in tote) makes good use of satellite imagery, and the weather, aptly I guess uses a Google Earth feeling look, which while realistic is also distinctive enough to feel fresh compared to the rest on your television screens.

A new world Monday evening


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I’m in Hong Kong waiting for my connecting flight to Paris and moderating comments… when my new best friend “SBS dude” commented this video from the relaunch of SBS news, which starts Monday.

Also, Sam from zspace, the folks behind the new ABC1 idents also commented here. Thanks everyone!

Everybody talks about a new world in the morning

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Crikey has already weighed in on the soon to launch one hour SBS World News, and while I’m not a fan of more ad breaks (although it further justifies keeping the ABC ad free if nothing else), I have to congratulate SBS on introducing someone too young to have ever heard of Roger Whittaker to his ‘New World in the Morning’.

You had me at.. not available until 2008


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Apple announced the iPhone early yesterday morning Australian time, and like every other Mac toting 21-year-old I obviously want one. The only problem is it won’t be released here until 2008.

That didn’t stop SBS, Seven, Ten and Nine all covering the story in their evening bulletins (what, too good to plug an unreleased product ABC?). I’m unashamedly an Apple fan (heck I own shares), but I just can’t think of another company that makes this big of a positive splash (see videos) a year out from release.

Thankfully, SBS gets a little naked.

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While Channel Ten has taken the stock photography/video route for their summer branding, SBS has retooled their entire look with this fresh and “cheeky” series (in quotes because its not a word I would normally use but can’t think of a better one).

Last summer however, SBS brought insects into our living rooms with a redesign that remains one of my favourites.

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Speaking of that Top Gear lust

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I’m a relative new comer to Top Gear, I’ve only been watching it for about a year, but it has blown my mind, and my love for it has nothing to do with cars…

There are three major reasons I watch the show, and for each of the reasons I have a catalyst point. The first reason is the phenomenal style and production that the segments are shot in, my first introduction to this was when Clarkson drove a Land Rover Discovery up a mountain in Scotland. My second reason for watching the show is the drama of the races, the first one of these I saw in full, and probably the reason I started to religiously watch the show is airing next week on SBS, and its the race to Oslo, with Clarkson in a Mercedes, and May and Hammond in a boat, so don’t miss it.

(And the third reason? I’ll get to that soon.)

Melanie Bellamy with the standing news

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I’ve had this sitting on my desktop for a few weeks, its from Broken News, the BBC comedy currently airing Monday’s on SBS. It’s funny, as is the whole show, but I feel Jeremy Clarkson got it best with his commentary on modern news.

Relive the passion.

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SBS have been running this 60 second look back at their coverage of the World Cup, they’re rightfully proud of the whole thing, and I’m not sure if it would work as well as it does on any other network.