Kids Down Under
(A guest post by Paige Green)
Greetings from the great land of Oz – that’s Australia of course. When most people think about Australia they think of kangaroos, koalas and crocodiles – maybe the Wiggles and Bindi Irwin. Some people might think we’re a country of crocodile hunters who go around and say “G’day mate!” But actually, Australia’s really not that different – we listen to the same music, watch the same movies and buy video games too.
There are lots of Australian musicians in all different genres and many artists tour from the US or Britain. Sometimes, stuff gets really popular here but doesn’t seem to catch on overseas – like the Underbelly DVD series to rewatch my favourite episodes.
Another great Australian TV show that came out a couple of years back was Summer Heights High. It has one guy who plays 3 different characters in a high school – a teacher, a student and a teenage girl. He’s hilarious and really it’s one of the best series I’ve ever seen.
Australia has its own film industry, but many of the movies don’t really make their overseas. Everyone knows Australia with Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, and the animated movies Happy Feet were made in Sydney. Another very popular movie here is called The Castle – it was made in 1997 and is about an Australian family who tries to defend their home. It’s classic “Australian humour” and really good.
These are just some of the examples of Australian entertainment. If have a multi region DVD player, you can order a lot of these titles online and check them out. Or you can visit Australia and find out what it’s all about!
Paige Green is from Sydney Australia