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The Day of the Roses [Aug. 28th, 2007|07:49 pm]

Although it would be more appropriate for me to wait until the actual day of the year this took place, vids in Youtube tend to vanish especially where there are copyright issues.

The vid here is part of the mini series "Day of the Roses" , the drama made in memory of Australia's worst ever railway accident.
(If you can, you might want to skip the 1970's memorabillia at the beginning).

[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-08-28 09:58 am (UTC)
This is the first time I've posted a video on my live journal, and I didn't realise that you have to include ALL your comments at the time you add the video.

The mini series recreated the accident, but predominantly focussed on the negligence of the state government leading up to the disaster, and the subsequent cover-up attempts. I've long regarded this as an excellent production; brilliant directing and superb performance from a number of Australian stars.
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[User Picture]From: alaskawolf
2007-08-28 01:59 pm (UTC)
that was a pretty interesting piece of history
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-08-28 09:12 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah! A nasty situation all around; both for the 83 people who died (during and after the crash), their families and the rescue teams.

"Day of the Roses" is one of the best Australian drama pieces I've ever seen. Aussies produce lousy comedy, but fantastic drama. For me the highlight of the piece was the scene where the corroner's staff were denied access to inspect the locomotive (which turned out to have defective wheels), so they ambushed the workshop at 1:00am.

The derailment reinactment scene is also present on Youtube, but I don't usually watch that part as it's too emotionally evocative for me. I'm more interested in the science of the investigation, and the discovery of the dirty politics.
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