Peter Chernin was President and Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation, and Chairman and CEO of the Fox Group until recently. While Rupert couldn’t offer him an executive employment package with enough gold to fit on the Gulstream G550, Chernin Entertainment now has a cosy producing deal with News Corporation that includes “several blind production commitments at the Fox network”.
But after running News Corporation, greenlightling TV sitcoms is only so interesting. Hence Chernin’s first film acquisition is being reported in Variety as “the story of Moses in ‘300′ Style. The tale will start with his near death as an infant to his adoption into the Egyptian royal family, his defiance of the Pharoah and deliverance of the Hebrews from enslavement.”
What the Australian film industry might need though, if it wants to follow Chernin’s Big Biblical Picture, is a slightly different parable : The Good Samaritan. In order to not appear too Braveheart or Gladiator, The Good Samaritan would need to cast a younger lead; Hopefully Sam Worthington in between being a half man/machine Terminator and Avatar for Hollywood, could fit in the feature shoot.
But this is where the post gets a bit more serious, as film snark aside, The Good Samaritan story has legs. That is if you aren’t being roundhouse kicked or king hit from behind when you go to defend an innocent mate or unknown person in trouble.
Front page of the Herald Sun today “Good Samaritans bashed for their Courage : Heroes Fight for Life”. From ninemsn, the story summary : “Ryan Hayes was knocked unconscious after reportedly intervening in a conflict at Bendigo’s Newmarket Hotel, about 140km northwest of Melbourne. The 23-year-old full forward, who once booted 26 goals in a single game and 110 goals in the 2007 season for hometown Elmore in the Heathcote Football League, allegedly stepped in when he found a customer being verbally assaulted by another man. After asking the aggressor to join him outside and making his way toward the door, Hayes was then allegedly struck from behind by a third man.”
And on the Herald Sun website today, the story has prime real estate, with citizen support (and blog comments) growing. There are some pretty animated commenters over there !
“It’s all nice and full of warm feelings for the Govt to honour good samaritans, but what about doing something to deter others from committing violent acts.”
“Todays youth is conditioned to violence.They grow up playing X Boxes and other computer trash whereby to win the game you must kill something or at least blow it up.”
“The Samaritan Day is a fantastic idea to honor the kind hearted people who has got involved and helped a victim. However it is a damming sad reflection on this government and justice system that a day like this is required.”
The frustration is getting worse with each attack, only last week 44 year old plasterer Darren Wheeler “was bashed with a piece of wood after trying to stop two men from stealing his neighbour’s car in Melbourne’s southeast. Darren suffered a brain haemorrhage and facial fractures and remains on life support at the Monash Medical Centre. The brazen daylight attack took place about 6pm in Endeavour Hills after the plasterer stepped in to foil a robbery after returning home from work.”
With the Good Samaritan stories of Ryan Hayes and Darren Wheeler in mind, the Victorian Government has now announced The Good Samaritan Day - Premier John Brumby soundbites : “This Good Samaritan Day would honour people who have made a stand to create a better and safer community,“ he told the Herald Sun. “We all have a role in taking a stand and creating a community where people respect themselves, respect others and respect our community.” His quote to The Age sums it up : “It has been such a strong feature of our society. If you see someone in trouble you help them, and it’s always been the case.”
While many will use anonymous blog comments to push an anti-government position that a Good Samaritan Day isn’t enough, it is a start. For me, I think if there was more CCTV in place where violence happens (major trading and going out precincts, hot spots where violence erupts, transport hubs ie train stations, even fast food joints) - less people would engage in the risk if they knew the guaranteed result was jail and public humiliation of themselves and family.
But CCTV involves substantial government investment, that means it will take more rather than less time. In the interim, remember to use 1.0 technology like your telephone and CALL 000 as the Herald Sun says anytime there is something happening that needs to be dealt with. And if you are an active Tweeter, Facebooker or any other Social media : Use It! Whether it be writing a blog post like this, retweeting, starting a facebook group. All these tools can be used to promote a cause such as The Good Samaritan. And Not Just the Movie Version.
“Nominating is easy. In the space below tell us the name of your nominee and in 100 words, or less, why you think he should win the Man of Chivalry Award brought to you by Chivas. You don’t have to know the nominee, you just have to want them to win. Come on! Get to work in finding the men who are really making a difference to our country.”
RYAN HAYES KICKED 26 GOALS IN ONE FOOTY MATCH
* DISCLOSURE OF COMMERCIAL COLLABORATION: Ben Barren (me;) does work in the alcohol industry, and partake in the consumption of product outside of work hours. It should be noted this post is written on his own volition + does not reflect the opinion of any clients or agencies, but it would be good if you could click on the above award and nominate someone like Good Samaritans Ryan Hayes and Darren Wheeler on why they think should win the inaugural 2009 Man of Chivalry Award brought to you by Chivas. As the name suggests, the Man of Chivalry Award sponsored by Chivas Regal aims to find the most chivalrous and gentlemanly men across the nation. They’re looking for men, who this year, have displayed outstanding gentlemanly traits, courageous acts and most honorable pursuits for their corporation, their community or their country. GQ and Chivas Regal will pour through all the nominations to come up with one winner. His achievement and story will be celebrated alongside all the other winners in the special 2009 Men of the Year issue. He’ll also be presented with his very own GQ Man of the Year Award at this year’s gala event. Better still, you and a friend will get to come along to the party of the year and join in their celebration. Go On! Be a Good Samaritan! Click Here !