Thursday, November 04, 2004

Big Brother Croatia Update: Creative Differences

(Note: I apologise to everyone who visited this weblog expecting a regular Big Brother Croatia update. In the past 48 hours I was more preoccupied with certain contest much more important than Croatian reality show.)

Weekly task of shooting VISA commercial has apparently broken axis between Antonija and Ana. Housemates barely managed to come with some kind of coherent idea about what the commercial should look like. Ana was left out of discussion and didn't take her isolation very lightly. In a later conversation with Valentina Ana confessed that she had "six or seven years of theatrical experience". She is apparently unimpressed with the way the whole affair is going. But it seems that her main problem is apparent lack of authority in female clan.

Sanja has apparently managed to secure her position in the House's top female trio by pushing Ana aside and adopting Valentina as the least dangerous competition.

Outside House Croatian media are trying to fuel audiences' interest by staging little PR wars between housemates' fans and detractors. A week after Zdravko got badmouthed by her ex-girlfriend his family and friends responded with passionate rebuttal. Friends and relatives of Alen and Marina are forced to become some kind of panel that should give opinion about their relationship.

But the most telling of all was the interview in today's Slobodna Dalmacija which would probably give some ammunition to the show's detractors. It was revealed that one member of Big Brother production team is Mario Kovač (Mario Kovac), a name well-known to the connoisseurs of Croatian cinema. Kovač, who works as a "story editor" and describes himself as one of many nameless "assistants", was one of co-directors of Bore Lee u kandžama velegrada (Bore Lee u kandzama velegrada) a.k.a. Bore Lee in the Claws of the Big Z, one of the most popular and arguably one of the best Croatian films made in past few years.

In an interview Kovač mostly responded to some of the show's critics and also addressed some issued raised by those who find show "too boring" in recent days. He also said that the show had 6 million € budget. But the most interesting of all was his revelation about criteria used for the selection of housemates. According to Kovač, they had to be people who like to listen "rock, modern and electronic" music. Kovač admits that the housemates don't reflect Croatian society nor their own generation. "There aren't any right-wing youths in the House," Kovač said, "but this is to be expected because the show is Europe-oriented".


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