15 August 2006 | P POWERS
An Armchair Ride Through History
Unusual pre-computer-SFX look at people experiencing and involved in a look at important different periods of history (courtesy of an armchair that moves through 'time'. Sure, 'Bewitched' and 'I Dream of Jeannie' have done it before, but not as interestingly.
Made by the director/writer of the Oscar-winning animated short 'Leisure', the acclaimed cartoonist Bruce Petty.
This telemovie has been put together by some of the best names in the business from Australia. The director, Gil Brearly has added some great artistic touches, and the production design by Brian Thomson is brilliant. As for the actor, the expert madcap antics of Drew Forsythe is on show, as is the sexy Lorna Lesley. Bob Baines adds great comedic value to the enterprise.
Added to this is a marvellous score, an early entry into the world of synthesizer/electronic scoring. This precedes most of the work in this area now commonplace in Hollywood movies, and this came out of Australia. in the mid-1980s.
The sad technical values are only seen for what they are in the context of the technology which it inspired. They are groundbreaking and laughable at the same time.
This was one of the few entries by Film Australia, the Commonwealth documentary-making arm, into the drama field, preceded by their AFI Award-winning 'Annie's Coming Out', winning the Australian Oscar for Best Film.