Things have been pretty damn quiet here lately in Gammon and Chips land. Well, by that I don’t mean quiet in the lives of Gammon and Chips – they’ve both been as bloody hyper as always – but I mean quiet in virtual Gammon and Chips land. I haven’t blogged here in AGES and one of the reasons is because I’ve been hugely ridiculously unfathomably busy getting ready to…
IMMIGRATE TO AUSTRALIA!!!!!
Yes, I know… “But you’re Australian”, I hear you say. “What do you mean ‘immigrate’?”. Well, yes, I am… and so are Gammon and Chips. We’re also all British citizens too. But I’ve been living in the UK for over 17 years now, so it does kind of feel like I’m immigrating back to my own original country.
I arrived in the UK as a fresh-faced 23 year old with the constant drunken desire to do back arches in the middle of dance floors, and I’m leaving as an only-slightly-wiser 40 year old with the total inability to do back arches and the unfortunate existence of an occasional grey nostril hair. But I’m also bringing back with me a seven year old boy, a four year old girl and a 43 year old husband.
We’re moving to Canberra in September, which is where I went to uni and worked for two years before I left for the UK to go backpacking around Europe and never came home. It’s the capital (no, it’s NOT Sydney… OR Melbourne!) and I reckon is up there at the top of the list of world cities for ‘quality of life’… especially for families. And so starts our adventure.
So in order to prepare Gammon and Chips for their new Aussie life, I jumped at the chance to show them an advanced copy of the new animated film Blinky Bill: The Movie, which is released in cinemas across the UK today (19th August 2016) and stars the vocal talents of Ryan Kwanten (yep, Jason from True Blood), Rufus Sewell, Barry Otto, Toni ‘Muriel’ Collette, Barry ‘Dame Edna’ Humphries, David Wenham (who I loved in the gritty 90s Aussie film The Boys), Richard Roxburgh (Mmmmm… Rake – the best and funniest Aussie TV show EVER) and Deborah Mailman (from one of my favourite noughties Aussie TV show, The Secret Life of Us).
Although not very well known in the UK, Blinky Bill is a character that every Aussie kid grows up knowing about – he’s a cheeky koala created by author and illustrator Dorothy Wall in 1933 – so I was keen to introduce my two to his mischievous charms.
The cast of Blinky Bill: The Movie is led by Ryan Kwanten as the voice of Blinky Bill, Rufus Sewell as the treacherous feral cat Sir Claude and Robin McLeavy as Blinky’s best friend Nutsy.
Starring alongside them is Toni Collette as two charming yet gossipy emus called Sheryl and Beryl, Deborah Mailman as Blinky’s kind and courageous Mum, and Barry Humphries as the eccentric Wombo the wombat.
Rounding off the cast are David Wenham as the manic but loveable frill-necked lizard Jacko, Barry Otto as the tyrannical Mayor Cranklepot and Richard Roxburgh as Blinky’s adventure-loving father.
Blinky Bill lives in the little town of Greenpatch (which, coincidentally, is the name of an ACTUAL town in New South Wales not far from where my parents live!) and goes looking for his dad, who went off adventuring a while back and never returned. When Blinky discovers a mysterious marker that hints at his Dad’s whereabouts, he embarks on a journey that takes him into the dangerous Outback. He quickly makes friends with Nutsy, a zoo koala, and Jacko, a nervous frill-necked lizard. Pursued relentlessly by a vengeful Cat who has a personal score to settle with Blinky, the trio work together to survive the rugged Australian landscape and find Blinky’s father.
I won’t give any more of the story away, but we had a great time watching this film and both Gammon and Chips tell me they’d recommend it – scoring it five gum leaves out of five!
So take a trip to the cinema these school holidays to see Blinky Bill: The Movie, and think of us while you’re watching it! It won’t be long before we can report back to you all about our visit to the ACTUAL town on Green Patch! Bonza, mate!