Mint Pictures has been commissioned by SBS to produce what is believed to be Australia’s first ‘Slow TV’ program, an epic rail ride through the heart of Australia on The Ghan.
‘The Ghan’, which takes three days to cross the continent from Adelaide to Darwin, will take viewers on an immersive journey on Australia’s most iconic passenger train.
Aside from the spectacular visual journey, ‘The Ghan’ also explores the contributions of the transcontinental line to the foundation of modern multicultural Australia. Using contemporary graphics alongside archival imagery, audiences will learn the story of how the construction of the ‘Ghan line’, the subsequent development of central Australia and the growth of Port Augusta, Alice Springs and Darwin can be attributed to local Indigenous communities and early immigrants.
It is scheduled to telecast in December 2017.
Slow TV began in 2009, when a Norwegian network aired a seven-hour train ride in its entirety.