Nous avons eu le plaisir de recevoir un petit message de Lawrie Zion, réalisateur de The Sounds of Aus, qui n’a pas pà» étre présent lors du festival. Un grand merci à  lui pour sa gentillesse et ce petit mot qui nous touche particulièrement…

We are so thrilled that you have chosen to screen our documentary in your festival.
When we travel in France, we often find that people are surprised that we are not American or English. But as I hope you’ll see today, the Australian accent has been around for almost as long as white settlement itself.

There was a time, not all that long ago, when Australian were taught that it might be better to sound British. But that time has ended. These days, you are more than likely to find people who are worried that the forces of globalisation will make us sound like everybody else.

I don’t think that will happen, because I think the way we speak has become such a strong part of our identity.

This documentary was made for TV, and was first screened on our national broadcaster the Australian Broadcasting Corporation last November. It did so well in the ratings that it received more viewers than Bionic Woman!

We are with you in spirit today, and hope that after screening the film you might have got to think about that country that speaks English at the other end of the world in a new way.

Please enjoy The Sounds of Aus, and we are only too happy to talk to you on the festival blog if you leave us a message.

Merci Beaucoup from
Lawrie Zion (writer) and Yael Bergman (producer)