Last night I saw an ad for the DVD collection of A River Somewhere, a two season series on the ABC. It’s about two blokes (Rob Sitch and Tom Gleisner, apparently from the panel) going fishing, mainly fly fishing. They visit Victoria, Scotland, New Zealand, WA, Venezuela, Italy, Bhutan, the USA, North Queensland and Belize.
Personally, the only thing I find more boring than fishing is watching other people fish. But fly fishing is fairly different, it’s a hunt. More to the point, this isn’t like any other fishing show. It’s hardly devoted to the fishing, it’s just as much about the bush and the history. It’s funny, informative, distinctly Australian and the poetic commentary is gorgeous. It’s a far cry from Rex Hunt, closer to the bushtucker man.
I wouldn’t normally blow $50 this fast, but it also came with CD’s of the original soundtrack, created by Liam Bradley. Lots of acoustic guitar and harmonica. I was sold, hook, line and sinker.
A quote from Tom Gleisner in the first episode:
Blackberries; they were introduced into the country last century by a guy called Baron Von Muller and unfortunately they’ve taken over the whole river valley up here. One of the two major disasters visited upon Australia by Germany, the other being Adelaide.