The Outback

Genre: Drama, Short
10 min

Of all the

continents on the planet ...

There is none quite like...


And it vast,

dramatic wilderness called ...

The Outback.

Where its majestic

Uluru Mountains ...

and treacherous Bongle Bongles ...

And lush eucalyptus forests ...

create a wonderful home

for those that belong.

Hey guys, what's the problem?

The problem is we don't

like freaky white koala.

Yeah, what are you?

Some kind of midget polar bear...

... or new type of cotton ball?

You know, you shouldn't

judge a bear by its fur.

I mean, I'm just like you.

You ain't nothing like us.

Because you don't look like us.

You don't look like

anyone around here.

So why don't you

make like a leaf and leave?

Look at that rare and white koala.

Higgens, we finally found that

golden ticket back to the carnival.


They are right!

I ain't belong here!

Hey, what are

you doing, little bear?

Who are you?

My name is Hamish. And this is

my dim-witted assistant Higgens.

Well ...

I'm just trying to look normal

like the other koala bears.

Oh, that's not the

way to get you life.

What I mean, kid ...

it is the thing that

makes you different

could just be the thing

that makes you right.

Different, huh?

You mean freak.

What if I told you there is a place

for special little fellas just like you?


Oh sure!

What's your name, kid?

- I'm Johnny.

- Johnny?

Johnny the amazing Albino Koala!

I love it.

So what do I have to do?

Just be yourself.

But I've tried it!

Hey, Lug?

Five more minutes, mom.

Come on, get up you big lizard!

Rise and shine!

- Who said that?

- Hamish.

Didn't I just kicked you

and your monkey out of here?

A mistake ...

I am willing to forgive.

- See, we can make a deal.

- What are you talking about, Hamish?

I'm talking about me, bringing you

the biggest act at Hippy's Carnival.

What? Is the monkey

going to light himself on fire?

No monkey, no fire.

Just ... him.

Alright, Hamish.

Booth 17.

And stay out of the Big Top.


Let's go, kid.

Your fans await.

Where are we going?

Take a look!


Welcome to the carnival, kid.


- What is that over there?

- Well, that's the Big Top.

The main attraction.


- Whoa!

- You bet it's too awesome.

But ... we are actually

headed this way.

Freak show?

First, the freak show

And then the Big Top.

But I don't want

to be in a freak show.

You'll love it!

Trust me.


Everything here is so weird.

Don't you agree?

Think... unique and unique sells.

Now come and take

a look at your new home.

I'm not doing this.

Do you want to get back

to the bush and get bullied?


They gonna love you here.

Are you sure they'll like me?

Course, they will.

Go on, kid.

Do your thing.

I don't know Hamish,

it's not even a real tree.

Go on.

Oh look, Papa,

a white koala bear.

I want to see!

Oh my. Isn't she adorable!

He is incredible!

And blazing white!

They like me.

What did I tell you!

We want to hang a monkey

take our picture with it!

Everyone loves Johnny!

How do you like

the carnival now, kid?

Sure feels like I fit

in much better here.

Come to the Big Top

and see how the amazing

"Wild Bushman" conquer

the outback single handedly!

Let's go there!

No !!!!

What happened?

Where did everybody go?

Oh, don't worry, kid.

They'll be back.

- It's gonna be okay.

- Yeah, right.

Come on, Johnny.

We will make an even bigger show!

I'm gonna go see

the "Wild Bushman".

Ah Johnny, this is a very bad idea.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Boy and girls!

Come join us here!

Hold it!

Come on, this way.

- Why are we going this way?

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Laura Smith

Laura Smith is a Canadian folk singer-songwriter. She is best known for her 1995 single "Shade of Your Love", one of the year's biggest hits on adult contemporary radio stations in Canada, and for her adaptation of the Scottish folk song "My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean" which she entitled "My Bonny". She recorded a version of this with The Chieftains, which they erroneously listed as "My Bonnie" on their album Fire in the Kitchen. In December 2010, that version received a nod for Song of the Decade from Bill Margeson at LiveIreland. Born and raised in London, Ontario, Smith was encouraged in her early writing by the noted poet Margaret Avison, then writer-in-residence at the University of Western Ontario. She began playing music as well, making her debut in area coffeehouses. She moved to Toronto in 1975 for nine years and in 1984 she moved to Cape Breton.Smith released her debut album, Elemental, under the auspices of CBC Variety Recordings in 1989. It was recorded at CBC Halifax. Alas, unbeknownst to Smith or CBC, at about the same time, Loreena McKennitt released an album with the same title, so Smith's debut release was changed to Laura Smith when she leased back the masters from CBC. Her second album, B'tween the Earth and My Soul (1994) brought her national acclaim and earned her two East Coast Music Awards (Female Artist, Album of the Year) and two Juno nominations for Best New Solo Artist and Best Roots and Traditional Album. The next year, 1997, she was awarded a Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series.In 2003, Smith was given an DHumL from Mount Saint Vincent University for her songwriting. She continued to work through the 2000s, including two seasons on stage in Prince Edward Island in the role of Marilla in the musical Anne & Gilbert at the Victoria Playhouse in Victoria-by-the-Sea and the Jubilee Theatre in Summerside respectively. However, through the decade she suffered three debilitating accidents which resulted in chronic pain. This led to the use of increasingly stronger prescription drugs which eventually led to dependence. She attempted to obtain a Music Therapy degree from Acadia University, but gave up her studies to concentrate on healing. She disappeared from the music scene for a time, but by 2010 she was performing again, having overcome her dependency through the adoption of non-narcotic pain treatment therapies. Her story was featured in a radio documentary which aired on CBC Radio One's morning program The Current on February 3, 2010. In 2010 and 2011 she performed several shows across Canada, touring with Ryan MacGrath.In 2012 Cathie Ryan recorded a version of Smith's "I'm a Beauty" on her album Through Wind and Rain. Smith completed her first recording in sixteen years, Everything Is Moving, in January 2013. It was released by Borealis Records on April 10, 2013. more…

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