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The Legend of Gavin Tanner - TV Series Review

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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
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:
Published April 15th 2014
"Chopper" meets "Kath & Kim"
For those of us born in the middle of the last century, the whole concept of movies on your internet is a bit strange and hard to get used to.

When I was a lad, movies cost one and six, took place on Saturday afternoons at the Roxy and consisted of a cartoon or two, a news reel by Movietone, a serial often featuring Flash Gordon or Americans in big felt hats, trailers and an interval before the 'big picture'.

Now you have things like Dr Horrible's Sing-along Blog, written by of all people, Joss Wheedon, together with hugely talented people offering opinions on a range of movies, comics and so on. Comicbookgirl19, for example.

These free-to-view videos are an altruistic attempt on the part of their creators to give something back to society, to discuss points important to them or simply to entertain.

Such a one is The Legend of Gavin Tanner, the creation of Matt Lovkis, who writes and stars in the series. One-off videos have featured Gavin, a small-time, West Coast Eagles-loving,
weed-dealing big mouth who is utterly convinced he's a legend, before but this is the start of a five-part comedy series.

The first episode (ahem, webisode) may be viewed by clicking here. More information on the great Gazza may be found on his website.

Gavin Tanner, webisode, Matt Lovkis, Henry Inglis
Gavin Tanner Family - L-R: Rabbit, Damo, Angel, Gavin, Trish, Lynette (Photo by Richard Jefferson)

The next question is 'Is it any good?' Well, the short answer is 'Yes', the longer answer is 'Yes, but ...' The skills in the video are self-evident. The direction, by Henry Inglis, is tight and relevant, the acting (Matt Lovkis, Emilt Rose Brennan, Liam Graham, Nicola Bartlette, Bob Charteris and so on) is highly professional and convincing, the standard of photography is amazing ... but, the story is a trifle infantile and at only ten minutes or so long does not leave a great deal of room for exploring character or building story lines.

Gavin Tanner, webisode, Matt Lovkis, Henry Inglis
Matt Lovkis as Gavin Tanner and Emily Rose Brennan as Trish in The Legend of Gavin Tanner (Photo by Richard Jefferson)

Nevertheless there are enough little breadcrumbs of a trail that may possibly lead to greater things. Well worth watching for a purely Perth production and for the promise of better and greater things to come.

I wish the production team well and could hope that this level of professionalism existed throughout this new medium.

Elliott and Inglis (Producer and director), together with Aaron McCann, are the team behind cult web series Henry & Aaron's 7 Steps to Superstardom (2011), viral hit It's A Snap! (2012), Henry & Aaron's ABC2 Christmas Special (2013) and viral sensation Set Yourself Free which achieved unprecedented international media attention and over 17 million YouTube hits in February of 2014.

Highly recommended.
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