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SBS Wants You To Watch Train Tracks For 3 Hours

We are in an era of what the industry calls "Peak TV".

Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, Westworld, The Handmaid's Tale, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, and now...

Pretend you're the Ghan for 3 hours in prime time.

SBS is bringing a concept called "Slow TV" to Australia for the first time.  It's exactly what it sounds like - they strapped a camera to the front of the Ghan, and you watch it trundle through Central Australia for 3 hours - no ads, no hype, no stress.  It's a stark contrast to the arms race of today's television and movies - bigger explosions, more drama, and edgier comedies.

Slow TV is a concept based on a film made by Andy Warhol in 1963 called Sleep, where a poet literally slept for 5 hours and 23 minutes and then... roll credits.  It's amassing a big following in Norway, where there have been train journeys, a 12-hour knitting competition, 18 hours of salmon fishing, reindeer migration and a LIVE 379-hour boat voyage.

Fans of Slow TV embrace the opportunity to pause, reflect and have some time to themselves.  Of course, there are also those fans that have huge parties that last the length of the program...

But honestly, in a country where we watch test match cricket every summer, it's not really that much of a stretch, is it?

The Ghan: Australia’s Greatest Train Journey airs on SBS at 7:30 on January 7th.

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