All in good, leisurely time
Kimberley Cruise, If you have ever watched beginners try to meditate, you will have witnessed those who are willing to persist through the initial feelings of unfamiliarity and discomfort to give it a try, and those who insist on arguing with the premise of the exercise. Slow TV, the genre that features long stretches of footage of nature and so forth, is a similar phenomenon.
Chilling out with the Norwegian National Firewood Night on Netflix, which features six hours of wood burning in a fireplace, interrupted only by a fresh log now and then or some poetry, was one of my most memorable TV experiences of last year.
If it sounds ridiculous to you, or you are convinced that SBS is trolling the Australian public, read no further.
For those who are intrigued, The Indian Pacific: Australia’s Longest Train Journey, which screened in a potted version last weekend, runs at full The Ghan The Indian Pacific length today on SBS Viceland, covering the Perthto-Sydney railway route in all its glory.
Tomorrow sees a three-hour taste of the new commission Kimberley Cruise (Sunday, 7.30pm, SBS), surveying a Broome-to-Darwin boat trip, followed by the daylong version on January 19 on SBS Viceland.
Also in the line-up are All Aboard! The Canal Trip (January 20, 7.30pm, SBS), featuring two hours of footage of a barge journey via Britain’s historic canals, and North to South (January 27, 7.30pm, SBS and full-length on February 2, all day, SBS Viceland), which follows the overland route from Auckland to the Milford Sound.
And The Ghan: Australia’s Greatest Train Journey, which debuted last year, will have an encore screening (January 26, all day, SBS Viceland). various times, SBS and SBS Viceland.
A scene from the latest commission in the SBS slow TV series after and