Great Southern Land
Great Southern Land is a documentary television series which looks
at the way Australia operates as a nation.
Presented by Professor Steve Simpson, Great Southern Land
documents the factors, both natural and man-made which allow
Australian’s to go about their everyday life. The series consists of
four episodes, each of which looks at a different aspect of our land.
Simpson takes us through close inspection of how we receive food and
power, the relationship between the natural and man-made world, our
daily transport methods and how we able to habituate where we do.
though some of the parts of our nation and its story which Simpson
explores are very interesting, there are some very “ho-hum” moments
where the mind starts to wander and lose interest. What Simpson has got
to say on everything is very well researched and the hard work done by
him and the producers of the show is appreciated, but it is not for
everyone. Episode one, which looks at food and power has many of these
“ho-hum” moments, while episode three which looks at people on the move
is more captivating.
best thing about this television is the beautiful aerial photography.
The aerials shots of many Australian landscapes and also those of some
of Australia’s famous landmarks are breath-taking. It truly is a very
unique perspective Simpson shows us. There are some chilling shots of
workers scaling electrical wires, intriguing shots of transport
networks, interesting shots of urban landscapes and gorgeous shots of
the Australian outback.
DVD extras of this series include interviews with Professor Steve
Simpson, executive producer Steve Bibb and series producer Ivan
O’Mahoney and an aerial loop. If the part of this series which you find
most intriguing is the aerial photography, then the aerial loop is going
to be the highlight for you. It is understandable why some people who
are not 100% interested in all Simpson has to say would just skip to the
Great Southern Land will just prove tedious for some, it is worth
a watch just to see some beautiful aerial photography on film.