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No Geraldine, I think not

Geraldine Nordfeldt has written a short story on page 18 of today’s The Canberra Times about the Mike Welsh/Michael Thompson documentary All Talk which was launched on Tuesday. The article is rather good for a game of “spot the errors”.

All Talk article from page 18 of The Canberra Times, Saturday, September 19, 2009 [1]

OK, from the top.

spent three years interviewing five of their most passionate and quirkiest listeners.

It was probably three years or more from the time the idea was conceived to the final product, but filming started in 2007, not 2006.

Lon Morgan [..] spends many hours riding his bike with his radio strapped to the handlebars in Dickson, where he made a special crossing for his cat.

I’m pretty sure that you’d be more likely to find Lon’s radio dangling from his neck…but I’ll have to watch the video again to confirm it.

Lon’s cat crossing is on his driveway, not in some random part of the Dickson shops as implied by the article.

Former school teacher Betty Gill is not very tolerant of the current generation

When did she say that Geraldine? I don’t recall that being in the documentary, or being her general demeanour at the launch. She’s not afraid to use her sharp tongue on people who cross her, but that’s not the same thing.

while local blogger Samuel Gordon Stuart spends many hours recording radio and making news tapes.

Ummm, what? Firstly, you got my name wrong Geraldine. Blogger’s name + Google = Accuracy. Gordon hyphen ess tee eee double-you ‘ey are tee.

Secondly, if only I had the time and storage space of Media Monitors…I’d love to record hours of radio. I record it occasionally Geraldine, very occasionally.

And what in seventy-three types of manufactured magnetic audio cassettes are “news tapes”? Are you perhaps referring to the brief bit of footage from a couple years ago where I was reading the news for Australian Independent Radio News?

Unfortunately Bruce “The Goose” died during filming

The late Bruce “The Goose” Bennett sadly passed away on the afternoon of the 25th of June, 2007, a couple months before filming. (I sent an email to Stuart Bocking about it, which is why I can be sure of the date).

I suppose this all just gives me more reason to write about the documentary…and an angle to work with, as I’ve been struggling to decide how to approach it given that I don’t think I can write a review due to my involvement.

Samuel

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#1 Comment By davky On September 19, 2009 @ 9:02 pm

Remember the old adage (which doesn’t necessarily mean it is true): ‘Any publicity is good publicity.’

To be honest, I thought the article was pretty decent (having no knowledge of the actual facts) in the way that it didn’t turn into a total carve up… which it easily could have.

#2 Comment By Samuel On September 19, 2009 @ 9:40 pm

I agree that the publicity is useful and welcome for the documentary, but I think the participants have been unfairly portrayed as some sort of freak show in the article.

It could have been worse…but that would have resulted in an email to Media Watch rather than Geraldine. I will send her a polite email later tonight thanking her for the publicity and expressing my disappointment over the errors.

Incidentally, after re-reading the section about Lon’s cat crossing, I have to wonder if a sub-editor mangled it in order to make it fit within the available space.

#3 Comment By dave1 On September 20, 2009 @ 9:46 pm

Samuel
How does one get a copy of the DVD? Just watched the Trailer on the website. Thought I would ask here first before annoying Welshie tomorrow..

BTW,
Lon looks nothing like I thought he would!

Dave

#4 Comment By Samuel On September 20, 2009 @ 11:06 pm

Dave, I don’t think it’s available for general distribution at this time, especially if that bit in the article about SBS considering the documentary is accurate (I know they were at one stage, but I didn’t think they were still interested).

Ask Welshie tomorrow, as I really have no idea what the plan is.