8 July 2006
This years incarnation of the Southern Hibearnation staple, Bearcadia, was entitled Mellywood, an exploration of filming locations in and around Melbourne. It's one of my favourite events on the Hibearnation calendar; Put together by Melbourne heritage architect, Dale Kruse, these walking tours are an interesting blend of the cosmopolitan, the architectural and the cultural.
From the Kath and Kim episode featuring Kel and Brett chained naked to the steps of Flinders Street station to the Bollywood epic dance sequence shot in Fed Square, there's something for everyone.
Like the surprising fact that several Jackie Chan movies (Mr Nice Guy and Shanghai Noon) were shot in Melbourne's Chinatown. After combing New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sydney, Mr Chan discovered Melbourne's Chinatown and couldn't go past it.
And who could forget that Aussie classic, Malcolm, in which a young Colin Friels wins your heart as the eccentric bank robber with a tram as a getaway car?
Thanks Dale, you've outdone yourself!