BY COLIN VICKERY
IF YOU listen carefully, you can hear that William McInnes has his tongue firmly planted in his cheek when he narrates new observational show The Enforcers.
Maybe that’s because we’re not talking Border Security here. Council rangers and officers are hardly going to stop illegal drug shipments or catch terrorists.
Instead, The Enforcers is all about dangerous dogs, parking tickets, neighbourhood disputes and livestock on the loose.
The renowned actor (Blue Heelers, Curtin, East West 101) and author (A Man’s Got to Have a Hobby) has always been a sucker for a funny Aussie yarn. There are plenty of those on The Enforcers. Why did you decide to sign on as host of The idea of The Enforcers is to push the idea of observational documentary sideways. It is not life or death stuff like Border Security or Customs. Instead, it’s taking what is perceived to be a pretty irritating and mundane job and observing it. These guys deal with all strata of society. Everybody has probably wanted to scream at a council worker, particularly a parking inspector. A lot of council regulations annoy people . . . Australians like to think of themselves as laid-back and easygoing, but we’re actually a pretty heavily regulated society with laws governing almost everything we do. On a federal level, people like that because they are worried about who or what might come into the country. Those very same people who think we have to have stronger border controls hate regulations for things like rubbish removal. These guys in uniforms and straw hats
have to enforce them. After watching the series, I’d say a lot of council workers lack people skills. They seem to have a knack for inflaming situations. It’s true. You get a whole new insight into people’s interaction with each other (on The Enforcers). One guy (parking inspector) had his wheels slashed by an irate person to whom he gave a ticket. He couldn’t understand why. Bizarre. You’ve excelled as an actor and a writer. What projects do you have coming up next year? A couple of flicks and a play will take up most of the year. I have to write another book as well. Someone’s also asked me to write a script. I’mjust making my mind up about that. I wrote a couple of scripts for Blue Heelers and the producers accused me of trying to sabotage the show. The Enforcers, Channel 9, Sunday, 6.30pm