MELBOURNE comedian Joel Creasey’s documentary about homophobia in Colac is set to debut on Australian television next month.
Creasey and fellow comedian Rhys Nicholson feature in the 30-minute documentary about their week-long visit to Colac where Creasy was previously the victim of two homophobic incidents.
The pair visited Colac district sporting clubs, farms, and businesses last year to gain a perspective of people’s views on homophobic attitudes in country towns.
Creasey said making the documentary gave him a fresh perspective on Colac following his negative experiences three years ago.
“The first time I’d only been there for a night and the last time I was there it was only for an hour, so this time I got to spend a whole week and I met some wonderful people,” he said.
“There’s some funny footage of us working at the local pub and working on a local farm but it also really shows what’s going on in Colac, particularly with gay youths which is very cool.
“It was really fun and I’m really glad I headed back to Colac.”
A man made a homophobic comment to Creasey after a comedy show in Colac in 2011 and a group of people abused the comedian after he appeared at a youth event in Colac later that year.
Creasy said he wanted people to realise that homophobia was an Australia-wide issue, not just an issue in country towns like Colac.
“I would like people to take away from this that there are homophobic attitudes throughout Australia, not just in one place,” he said.
“There are idiots in every town but every town has its fair share of legends as well and we got to meet some of those people and that’s what was really special.
“It’s just a really funny documentary and people from Colac should tune in because I’m sure they’ll know a lot of the people in it.”
The documentary airs on ABC2, November 10 at 9.30pm.