The Art of the Australian Insult

His accent is shut
March 12, 2009, 6:10 am
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“I can see why the New Zealand audience is having a bit of a laugh.”

New Zealand language expert Andy Gibson of Auckland University of Technology offers his view on the authenticity or otherwise of Matthew Newton’s Kiwi accent in Underbelly.

A tale of too many bare titties
February 18, 2009, 3:52 am
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“Alas, the only real crime I witnessed during Monday night’s Underbelly: A Tale of Too Many Bare Titties was the assassination of any suspenseful storytelling, complex character development and clever dialogue by scene after scene of soft porn. Titillating, perhaps cutting edge in the 1970s, but rather passe and lazy by current TV standards.”

Wendy Quiggin Surry Hills, letter to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Culturally, Australia has arrived
June 2, 2008, 11:43 pm
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“Thank God for the burgeoning Melbourne crime scene. The television series Underbelly shows that Australia can do gangsters, gore, gutter language and gratuitous sex equal to the best that America can produce.

No more culture-cringing. Ned Kelly, “Breaker” Morant, thieving dingoes or Aboriginal genocide. At the end of the series you could amost here a national sigh of relief: culturally we have arrived. Doesn’t it make you feel proud?”

Bert Candy, Inverell, letter to Sun-Herald, 18 May.