Thom is a 19 year-old from the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, mid-way down the east coast of Australia. He’s also the subject of Riley Blakeway’s eponymous, debut biopic film embedded above. Like a lot of films that capture the essence of Australian culture, there’s an underlying and at times depressing sense of sparseness and futility – a sense that in fact, the portrait of Australian youth in many senses, is much the same as it ever was.
Recently, I was contacted on Twitter (along with a few others) and offered a report containing “research on 16-30 y.o tastes in music, sport, fashion, entertainment”. The Urban Market Research (UMR) report is a collaboration between Lifelounge and Sweeney Research. But the question is, “Do we need another trend report?” Here’s nine ways Lifelounge and Sweeney Research can improve their UMR.
“Reel Cool” is a weekly post series featuring five videos worthy of your eyeballs. Here’s the first and it’s all music: El Guincho (Spain), Oh Mercy (Australia), Twin Shadow, Airport (India) and Bang Bang Tang (China)…
It’s been building for 5 years. Content featuring (and often abusing) gingers was controversial, trendy, popular, socially acceptable and most recently endorsed by the Victorian Government in Australia. It was funny for a while. But thanks to a lame and very, very late grab at being cool and controversial by VicRoads and more likely, their ad agency, it’s over.
If The Wire taught me anything about politics it’s that it doesn’t really matter who Australia’s leader is, under the current system. For whatever good intentions and false hopes potential leaders hold for delivering on promises, ‘setting things straight’ and speaking for the people, will be bent and broken under the weight of the support that was bought and begged on the road to the top seat.
Politics (and the country’s future) is what happens offscreen, between the lines and behind closed doors. But if it makes you feel better…bring on the next puppet.