Thursday, April 29, 2021

Australian Noir Western Anyone? Anyone?

 April 29, 2021

   We're watching the second season of "Mystery Road" an Australian-Noir-Contemporary Western starring Aaron Pederson, who is Arrente-Arabana Aborigini, seen here backing up his truck.

Had to freeze frame it, so I could capture and poach those lighting effects on his face. Rich, innit, Mate? One technical note: the star burst, square light on his left eye is from our checkerboard, pin-point-sky-lights reflecting on the screen and is not part of the lighting effects.

It's a tad violent, but the setting and premise is cool: squalid desert landscapes and a very conflicted native man who tries to come to grips with the sovereigntry of his nation vs. his ancestrial nation, all the while being a cop in a shithole town. I think you can guess why this resonates with me.

And here's a quick poach of that scene, just for scratchboard giggles.

Daily Scratchboard Whip Out:

"Outback Cop Backs Up"

"I like to go to the library, get all the books on feng shui out, and put them back in the wrong section."

—Karl Chandler, Australian Comedian

1 comment:

  1. Love the scratchboard -- it reminds me of a Western Virgil Finlay!


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