THE GHAN: AUSTRALIA'S
GREATEST TRAIN JOURNEY
'The Ghan: Australia’s Greatest Train Journey’ premiered on SBS on Sunday, January 7, 2018. The three hour program was Australia’s first foray into Slow TV, and broke all SBS records with an audience of over 400,000.
‘The Ghan’ was shot from 15 camera angles across the three-day trek from Adelaide to Darwin and with no narration or music, viewers are left to sit with just the natural sounds of the Outback and the audio of the train rushing through the vast, desolate wilderness.
Using contemporary graphics alongside archival imagery, audiences learn the story of the construction of the 2979 kilometre ‘Ghan line’.
“Slow TV offers an alternative to the noise, drama and disruption of other shows, and gives viewers a unique opportunity to pause, uninterrupted for three hours in prime time, as they experience first-hand a little-known story important to our multicultural national story” said SBS Director of TV and Online Content, Marshall Heald.
Mint Pictures and ZigZag also produced a real-time version for Vice, Facebook and On-Demand, running at 16 hours, 26 minutes and 52 seconds.
Director: Adam Kay
Producers: Daniel Whelan and Dan Goldberg.
DOP: Toby Ralph
Editor: Nick Foley-Jones
Colour Grade and Online edit: Rob Sarroff
Sound design and mix: Derek Allan and David McCarthy