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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.