To prepare you for Trepalium, France’s new series about a Parisian wall separating the unemployed from the workers, here’s a list of walls that could come in handy down under.
Jeremy Cassar

22 Aug 2016 - 2:46 PM  UPDATED 22 Aug 2016 - 4:41 PM

SBS On Demand’s tasty new dystopian sci-fi drama Trepalium is France’s ambitious entry into blockbuster television.

A towering wall divides Future Paris - on one side is a seeming utopia reserved for the gainfully employed, leaving the remaining 80 percent of unemployed Parisians in squalor and chaos on the other. Of course, in egalitarian Australia, it's hard to imagine a wall going up between the employed and unemployed.

But here are some Aussie rivalries that welcome some sort of physical divide...


People who like Sydney vs people who like Melbourne

One of the most misunderstood divides in our fair land is the competition between Sydney and Melbourne. I’ve not met a single Sydneysider that has ever placed Sydney above Melbourne. In fact, most express the complete opposite opinion – citing their love of the city down south or even stating that they wished they lived there.

In my experience, many Melbourne-ites suffer from a completely unnecessary chip on the shoulder. When visiting, mentioning my hometown of Sydney generally elicits eye-rolls or backhanded disses.

Melbourne, Sydneysiders love you. We understand that our city is more synonymous with Australia internationally but we also appreciate that your city is cooler. But if a wall was erected, we'd concede and weekend in Adelaide instead.


Sports fans vs non-sports fans

Sports fan: Australia is a physically dominating country. Our land is built for the athletic. The government rightly pours an inordinate amount of funding into maintaining and widening our sporting profile.

Non-sports fan: Australia places sport on a holy pedestal. We amplify the heroism of our young male athletes, despite the fact most codes are riddled with controversy and irresponsibility. Better money should be spent on science and medical research, infrastructure, agriculture and the arts, just to name a few things.


Aussie pub patrons vs small bar hipsters

In the municipalities surrounding Sydney’s CBD, finding a good ol’ watering hole - where the carpet smells weird and a motely crew of Aussies gather in beer gardens to order a simple pub meal - is increasingly difficult. Regular locals have been forced to leg-it further from home to find a decent place to sit for a beer and a yak.

Just as these pub-goers have a lot to say about the prevalence of small, overflowing, uncomfortable bars that may as well have a guest list (in fact, some of them do), the NY/Melbourne-influenced small bar scene sees these shabby-chic establishments as modernising (and hence, improving) Sydney’s social culture.


People who've moved on vs Radiohead fans

The rest of the world: Could everyone please stop ranting on about those depressing bastards? That wonky-eyed lead singer has the most nasal, ingratiating voice. Sure, they might write a few decent songs, but they’re five dour dudes from Exeter, not five Mozarts.

Radiohead fans: Who’d want five Mozarts? You’ve got one in there (Johnny Greenwood), but he comes with a wider array of talents. The nine albums and endless album-worthy B-sides of The Head prove they're the most important band still creating music, the most memorable recording artists of the last 30 years and perhaps the most significant inspirational genre-hoppers since The Beatles.


People who press the pedestrian button repeatedly vs people who've already pressed it

We’ve all been there - two people are standing at a pedestrian light, waiting for it to turn green. Person A presses the button once, just in case those buttons have an effect on anything. Not long after, Person B, who had already seen A press the button, decides to press it 10-20 times.

The more Person B presses it, the more Person A wants to tear their hair out. The button was pressed. B knows this. Life would be that much less chaotic if all Person Bs ended up behind a wall.


All 6 episodes of Trepalium are available on SBS On Demand.

Watch the first episode right now:

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