In Conversation With….Richard Fidler (Part 3)

Televised Revolution continues its discussion with comedian Richard Fidler.

Televised Revolution: I’d like to apologize, but I have some DAAS questions.

Richard Fidler: Okay go ahead, you’re alright. I don’t mind.

Televised Revolution: Are you ever tired of people asking why you broke up?

Richard Fidler: I think we have said it often enough. It’s kind of prosaic why we broke up. Ten years was a good run. Paul (McDermott) and I felt that we had done everything we wanted to do in Australia and wanted to be UK-based. Tim (Ferguson) had a young family and it wasn’t that practical for him. Looking back now that I have kids of my own, I can see where he was coming from. It made all the sense in the world for us to break up then.

Televised Revolution: Was there any animosity towards Tim for it?

Richard Fidler: No, not really, I think we were all glad to see the end of each other as a group to some degree. We weren’t getting on as well as we had in the past, but now that its all faded away, we’re still very good friends. It’s like a family thing. It’s hard to describe. We don’t see as much of each other as we’d like.

We got together earlier this year for Barry Crockers This Is Your Life. Barry is a man we admire enormously. And I’m not joking either. We got together in 2003 for the funeral of Holly Robinson, Ted Robinsons daughter.

Televised Revolution: I seem to recall you did some art for the DAAS comic book?

Richard Fidler: Paul did more of the art than I did in the group and his stuff was always outstanding. Even today, he’s hollowed away in his apartment painting miniatures that he refuses to exhibit for some reason. I think I can understand why, but I don’t think it’s valid. He ought to exhibit his stuff, because it’s beautiful.

Televised Revolution: Are there any plans for a DVD Release?

Richard Fidler: Tim, Paul, and I were talking about putting something out. Paul was picking up and running with it. We might be putting something out in the new year.

Televised Revolution: Both Tim and Paul have had some level of success in commercial television. Have you ever had similar desires?

Richard Fidler: Commercial television has never been that interested in me. No one ever came to me with a proposal. I think I pitched something once at Channel Ten that didn’t get up.

It’s better not to want TV. If you want TV, it doesn’t come to you. It’s like some kind of strange cat. Every-time I have walked away from television saying I don’t want to do it anymore is when I get an offer to do something. There have been times where I have really wanted to do a program and pursued it very hard. There is some sort of strange karmic process at work.

In the end, to be honest, I care much more about radio these days. Radio is a fantastic medium and I feel very lucky to be doing it.

Televised Revolution: With media converging, do you have much interest in resuming multimedia works?

Richard Fidler: I’d love to one day, sure. About ten years ago we were all having our moment, for compelling multimedia had arrived, but it hadn’t. There is little doubt in my mind that we are racing towards a future maybe in ten years time where we will have really compelling virtual reality technology. Really immersive stuff that goes beyond the Playstation and TV screen. Stuff that allows you to assume any character you like in a virtual world that you can explore at your leisure. That will be very exciting, but maybe I will be too much of an old nanna to cope with that stuff.

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Content Director at Televised Revolution

Dan Barrett is the Content Director of Televised Revolution. His musings on television have been heard across ABC Radio, on websites like The Guardian and Crikey, and drunkenly in pubs across the country. At night he spends too many hours watching repeats of Cheers.

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