Following within the (practice) tracks of the ‘slow TV’ motion in Norway – the place viewers have binge-watched all the pieces from salmon fishing, to sweater knitting and a real-time practice journey, to not point out a week-long tv broadcast of reindeer herding – Australia’s SBS community will air a 17-hour broadcast of the Ghan practice journey throughout Australia this weekend.
The well-known passenger practice journey traverses the nation’s Red Centre, connecting the capital cities of South Australia – Adelaide – and the Northern Territory – Darwin – the wild Southern Ocean to the tropical Timor Sea. The three-hour edit was a runaway success with Australian TV viewers, prompting a nationwide dialog through social media, main SBS to program an uninterrupted 17-hour model (an edit on the 54 hours the practice really journeys by way of Australia’s desert heartland) from 2.40am this Sunday.
The 3000km route was ‘opened up’ by Afghan cameleers arriving from the 1860s with their ‘ships of the desert’ and paving the way in which for the primary telegraph cable to attach Australia with the remainder of the world in 1872. During the development of the road cameleers carried meals and provides to the development groups engaged on the Overland telegraph. The cameleers have been collectively generally known as ‘Afghan’ cameleers however not all have been from Afghanistan, others came to visit on three-year contracts with their camels from Kashmir, Egypt, Persia, Turkey and Punjab and spoke a wide range of languages.
The title ‘The Ghan’ honours their legacy growing Australia, the place little stays of that period however the remnants of makeshift mosques within the desert, and the world’s largest wild camel inhabitants.