With gun control legislation being considered by US law-makers, comedian John OLIVER ventured to Australia to file a series of reports for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”. Initially scheduled to be a single 3-min piece, the story soon filled 3 x 3-min segments, and collected an Emmy award along the way.
The heart of the report lay in the gun controls enacted in Australia in 1996 following the Port Arthur massacre. On 28 April 1996, thirty-five people lost their lives to a lone-gunman equipped with automatic weapons. The ruling conservative government, lead by Prime Minister John Howard, acted swiftly and against the electorate for the community’s greater good. Draft legislation was introduced to parliament within three-months, and a buy-back of automatic weapons was enacted. Since 1996, Australia has had zero mass-shootings (four pax or more), with firearm offenses and suicide remaining down on 1995 levels.
A fabulous shoot, highlighted by John OLIVER’s quick-wit & take on all things Australian. Shot over 10-days, with 2 x XDcam ENG cameramen Matthew GORMLY & Peter BEEH, sound recordist, assistant, and production manager. Crew assembled by Sam DOWNS of RMK Crew. Emmy award for best-editing on segment 3/3 “Aftermath”.