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Mip TV Picks 2008: The Sounds of Aus

Endlessly vamped in the media and badly attempted by drunken college kids everywhere, there's no mistaking an Australian accent.
March 31, 2008


Oh, Crocodile Dundee, the trouble you have caused.

Endlessly vamped in the media and badly attempted by drunken college kids everywhere, there’s no mistaking an Australian accent. Sometimes unflatteringly described as ‘duck-like,’ the Aussie tone is as familiar to outsiders as images of the Sydney Opera House.

The Sounds of Aus is a funny and informative look at the evolution of the accent and the impact it has had on Australian culture. Interviews will poll linguists, historians and comedians, as well as social and political experts to see how the Aussie accent has affected the life of those blessed with it. (Though some Australians themselves affect British accents to sound more posh… they’ve obviously never been to Manchester.) Partners: Princess Pictures Productions for the ABC (Australia), distributed through ABC Commercial
Aired: November 2007
Length: 55 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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