THE group behind a new Youtube video on what Canberrans never say are “amazed” at the response from viewers.
The video, “sh** nobody says in Canberra,” created by four local and former Canberra boys, has been online for barely 48 hours but has already clocked over 130,000 views.
It follows the group in a series of different situations while saying things like “I’m off to Questacon,” “There’s no bike paths in Canberra,” and “I think I’m too drunk for Mooseheads.”
The controversial Skywhale even makes appearance, with the boys saying it “looks exactly like a whale in the Sky” after admiring the giant hot air balloon’s breasts.
One of the creators of the 4 minute video is former University of Canberra media student Tom Armstrong, who with friends Elliot Morgan, Peter Hughes and Kenny Rodrigues, decided to put Canberra in the spotlight after forming a production company called Oakenden Productions.
“I was originally approached by a friend who knew I made comedy films and mentioned the idea of making one of these style films about Canberra,” Tom says.
“I started brainstorming and wrote a lot of ideas and started a Facebook thread with a group of mates. We all contributed and found that Canberra is a great subject and often the target of jokes both locally and Nationally.”
Tom says he expected the film to do well but “couldn’t believe” the response they got.
“We shot the whole thing in an afternoon and we had 100,000 people watch it within 24 hours of sharing a link on Facebook,” he says.
“Everyone has taken it really well. I think that’s a massive credit to Canberra. We can all poke fun at Canberra but I’ve made some great friends here and everyone has a sense of humour and can laugh at themselves.”
Tom, who lived in Canberra for 13 years and now works in Sydney for Channel Ten, says he is looking at making a second video thanks to the “amazing response” from locals.
“We’ve always got another video in the works and with a response like this Oakenden Productions are working hard to back it up with a second film,” he says.
“I encourage people to keep commenting on the video and we will include the best suggestions in our next film.”
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