Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Nayna's opening shot into the national conversation
Our ABC has come under severe criticism over the past few years, but what no one can say is that ABC TV doesn't encourage and support upcoming and new talent.
Opening Shot, for example, is 'an ABC and Screen Australia initiative designed to see young film-making teams bring a fresh perspective to some of the big issues facing younger Australians.'
Mike Nayna on the News (Photograph courtesy YouTube)
The finale of the fourth installment of the series of five, half-hour, documentaries is Digilante, by Mike Nayna, (auteur of Dayne's World, Fancy Boy), joined by producers Mark Conway (Checkpoint Media) and Lauren Elliott (Mad Kids).
Digilante ( a conflation of 'digital' and 'vigilante') is the story of Mike Nayna's video clip he took and the results and consequences that flowed from it.
In 2012 Nayna was travelling at night on a bus in Melbourne when a French woman started to sing in French. A group of youngsters shouted at her to shut up, which she seeming took as raillery and started to sing louder, at which other groups got involved and a vitriolic, racist screaming match ensued.
Almost everyone involved behaved very badly and Australia came out looking very bad indeed. When he got home he posted the short clip up on YouTube, where it immediately went viral, gaining thousands of hits and attracting the attention of News organisations.
Police involvement followed and court action, as Nayana says: 'But while the narrative of good conquering prejudice played out on computer screens around the world, a far more complex and morally ambiguous story was taking place.'
Tune in to ABC TV2 at 9:20pm on the 21st December to get the full story. I promise you, it's riveting.
A trailer for the show can be seen on YouTube here.