The finals, finally

I’ve spent the last few day on the couch with a box of Kleenex aloe vera tissues, sneezing and coughing and generally feeling awful. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make it to the 48Hours Auckland final, but I decided that it wouldn’t really be much different from sitting on the couch watching DVDs, and after all, laughter is the best medicine.

So with pseudoephedrine, antibiotics, cough syrup and cough lozenges a go-go, made it to the Civic, and managed to horrify Andy who is germphobic. He refused to sit next to me, but Jeremy, F:Rad’s director of photography offered to swap places. “Thanks for making me feel like a lepper, Andy,” I said.

The evening got underway and the 12 finalists were shown, and then the winners were announced. The runner-up was Arthaus, which I love so much, so I’m really glad it was recognised. The winner was Brown Peril: The Tim Porch Story, which was so funny and clever that it shocked many teams.

But what about Fractured Radius? Did team F:Rad win anything? Actually, we did. We won the award for Best Use of Line, which honours the team who most skilfully incorporated the compulsory line, “That is what I’m talking about,” into their film. We do pride ourselves on innovative use of the compulsory elements. While most teams used the line to mean the same as “Hell yeah!”, we came up with this award-winning gem:

Julia: You’ll never get away with this. Robin and Bruce will rescue me.
General: I’m counting on it. It’ll be the end of Three Heroes Against Terror.
Donna Matrix: As well as the end of T.H.A.T.
General: You fool! T.H.A.T is what I’m talking about!

It’s been a really fun fortnight. I can’t wait till 48Hours 2007.

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