Temporary Australians had its genesis back in 2008 when Greg Hirst approached well known international award winning television director, producer and rider Darren Dolger, who has spent many years in the television industry.
They met on the set of a television commercial that Darren was producing for Foxtel and after several meetings they decided to produce a pilot for a television series showcasing all the good stuff in motorcycling that the public never seems to see or hear about.
During this time Greg ran into Jonesy at a biker event. Jonesy offered to help out in front of camera, which was timely as a number of television industry people, including Darren, felt a second person was needed as a a presenter to make it more interesting.
Jonesy also came up with the name ‘Temporary Australians’, which isn’t surprising considering his quirky sense of humour.It took some time and a few knock backs from commercial TV before the series attracted interest from a number of community television stations around the country.
Sponsors were found to cover filming and editing costs and with support from Tim Robinson at Worldview Productions, filming began in earnest in the second half of 2011 and covered such events as the Sydney Blanket Run, the Moto GP, The Federal Pollies Motorcycle Ride and a host of other great motorcycling activities and rides.
Editing began seriously in January 2012 and 13 episodes were produced for community television nationally with what was hoped to be the first of a number of series. As it turned out Jonesy managed to convince free to air channel ONE, part of the TEN Network to give Series 2 a run. The ratings were so good that Series 3 started on ONE on 26 October 2014 and filming for Series 4 started on 1 November 2014 in Kangaroo Valley south of Wollongong.
Worldview Productions has provided the filming and editing expertise for Temporary Australians after the pilot and specialises in documentary production for the web, television and cinema screenings. Its team operates with a strong sense of social justice, whose foundation is based on Christian principles. They have worked extensively throughout Australia, Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. Tim Robinson (WVP, Managing Director) has been a keen motorcyclist for almost two decades and Temporary Australians combines two of his great passions.
You can see more of Tim’s portfolio at the website of Worldview Productions.