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Old 06-19-2016, 09:14 AM   #151
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I would absolutely love to see a Joh biopic, assuming it doesn't fall into the hands of a dull, unimaginative director. It has to be dark, it has to be insane.
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Old 06-19-2016, 09:18 AM   #152
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I seriously hope you're writing this stuff for somewhere more significant than Interference, because that's a great, clear take.
Nope, I'm not. And nothing I've said is anything that scholars like Rae Wear haven't already said.

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Joh definitely benefitted from straddling eras - and in more than one sense. Politically, socially, economically, he could draw support from multiple Queenslands. This was a man who at heart stood for a conservative rural Queensland, but who could command allegiance through much of the increasingly urbanised southeast. He still has many admirers on the Gold Coast, as I know from personal experience. Corruption? Who cares; he was a powerful authority figure, and many people there like that sort of larger-than-life character.
Nothing succeeds like success. He'd still be premier if he hadn't gotten greedy (and of course died of old age). Seriously, it really is like Goodfellas or something, people start using their own product and before you know it you're trying to juggle the gravy with the cocaine pickup while looking out for that helicopter in the sky.

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And I confess my first association with Forgan Smith is spending most of my year at UQ attending classes in the building named for him. (It also had the coldest water fountain on campus, essential knowledge in summer! I still make sure to pass by it when I visit UQ these days.)
All I know about him is that he was one of that string of Labor premiers who ruled the roost for four decades, in his case during most of the Great Depression. Apparently he learned at the knee of Keir Hardie in his youth.
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Old 06-19-2016, 09:22 AM   #153
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I would absolutely love to see a Joh biopic, assuming it doesn't fall into the hands of a dull, unimaginative director. It has to be dark, it has to be insane.
This has to happen.

They tried the made-for-tv version with 'Joh's Jury' (featuring that guy who used to impersonate Joh on Fast Foward), but now we need the brutal version.
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Old 06-19-2016, 09:27 AM   #154
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Problem is, you'd probably need an Australian director - unless of course you'd want to give Alfonso Cuaron or Danny Boyle a biography and let them have at it from there on.

There's too many possibilities so I will just daydream about how it will look in my head.
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Old 06-19-2016, 09:29 AM   #155
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Get whoever made Blue Murder onto it.
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Old 06-19-2016, 09:46 AM   #156
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I guess you'd also have to put Richard Roxburgh in it somehow.
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Old 06-19-2016, 10:13 AM   #157
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He's old enough to play Sir Robert Sparkes now I guess.
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How can the Liberals be this bad? This is so shit on every level

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Old 06-19-2016, 11:29 PM   #159
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I mentioned earlier, it's embarrassing. If a campaign ad could cost either party the election it would be this. The actor is not at all believable, and tradies the country over will be cringing.
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B-b-b-but the Liberal Party swears he's a real tradie! Would they ever lie to us?
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Old 06-20-2016, 12:04 AM   #161
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In the event that he is real, he'd be ostracised to hell by his tradie colleagues - and rightfully so. He'd be the butt of jokes for years.
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At least he'd be getting ahead with his investment property though.
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Old 06-20-2016, 02:53 AM   #163
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The field here in Groom is just scintillating. We've got LNP, Labor, Greens, The Nick Xenophon Project and this aspiring statesman from Family First...


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He's going to win by boring us to death.
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Old 06-20-2016, 02:57 AM   #164
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I miss the good old days when political ads were sinister black and white with that 'DUN DUN' Law & Order piano plonking soundtrack.

One of the more effective Liberal ones was from 1996, featuring slowed-down footage of Gareth Evans dancing at the 1993 victory party. Black and white, of course.
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