• Krishna Andavolu, Hailey Gates and Action Bronson (SBS)Source: SBS
Since VICELAND landed down under, we’ve met so many new and distinct faces.
Jeremy Cassar

21 Mar 2017 - 10:35 AM  UPDATED 21 Mar 2017 - 10:36 AM

It’s not often a channel traverses everything from the Syrian front line to Spanish street food markets to the latest in gangster rap. Unlike a box of chocolates, which comes with a fairly detailed flavour key, you never know what you’re going to get with SBS VICELAND.

The breadth and depth of programming has attracted a diverse range of on-camera talent - and here we focus on some of the channels most celebrated talent.

Controversial blunt-toking rapper in search of the messiest mouthful

Personality: Action Bronson (aka Arian Asllani)

Show: F*** That’s Delicious

Why should Aussies care?

He's a foodie-in-arms. Many of Bronson’s rhymes echo our obsession with dining out - he even raps about tapas. The larger-than-life ex-chef also takes his signature patter from in front of the F*** That’s Delicious cameras to behind the mic in hilarious (and NSFW) long-form podcast interviews.

Oh, and he once admitted to eating a baby turtle on Jimmy Kimmel.

One-liner: “All I do is eat oysters / And speak six languages in three voices”

Check out the latest episodes of F*** That’s Delicious here.

From covergirl to covering conflict zones

Personality: Hailey Gates

Show: State of Undress

Why should Aussies care?

A self-checking tall poppy, Gates is a rare seventh-generation native of Los Angeles, and no stranger to the glitz and glamour from which she’s eventually shied away. Starting out as the face of miu miu, Gates put modelling in the hobby bucket and co-wrote a well-received screenplay, contributed to the illustrious The Paris Review (to which she’s still an advisory editor) and starred as Meryl Streep’s reluctant daughter-in-law in 2015's Ricki and the Flash.

Next, she went on to process her beefs with the fashion industry by hosting States of Undress. For the series, she traveled to conflict-ridden areas such as the Congo and Palestine in order to discover the varied relationships between culture, religion and wearable fabric.

One-liner: [On returning to the US after filming the series] “I’ve definitely come back to New York and walked 60 blocks with tears streaming down my face, not really knowing why I’m crying.”

Check out episode one of States of Undress here.

Renaissance (gay) man and Ellen Page’s bestie

Personality: Ian Daniel

Show: Gaycation

Why should Aussies care?

LGTBQI rights. Like it or not, we’re merely another entry in a long list of nations that have a ways to go when it comes to respecting minorities. Daniel’s devoted his adult life to serving as a loudspeaker for those who suffer gender-based inequality - helping those without a means to tell their stories do just that. 

As artistic director of NY theatre company The Civilians, Daniel explored a slew of underrepresented topics such as the porn industry, women’s prisons and the many-pronged LGBTQI experience. Before Spike Jonze approached Ellen Page and suggested she bring along someone in-the-know for Gaycation, Daniel had curated multiple gallery shows that further explored the concerns about which he was passionate.

One-liner: [On the deplorable insults he copped after Gaycation] "I don't discredit them, but I don't invest any energy on them."

Check out episode one of Gaycation here.

A teenager who went to (literal) huge lengths to land a job

Personality: Charlet Duboc

Show: VICE

Why should Aussies care?

She's a battler, no question. The VICE member with perhaps the most sonorous name (Krishna Andavolu provides contest) was such a fan of the original street rag that she’d travel all the way from Surrey to London to score the latest copy.

Seeing the potential in VICE’s growing brand, Duboc worked her way into an interning position with the original magazine. Fairly quickly she’d produced the early incarnation of States of Undress called Fashion Week Internationale, which started out in Islamabad, Pakistan. Now a fully fledged documentary producer and on-camera correspondent, Duboc has also contributed to The Guardian and appeared on CNN.

One-liner: “My editor said, 'Have you ever been on camera?’ And I said, ‘Are you joking? No!’ and he said, ‘You’ll be fine, come on let’s go.’ And that was it. Two weeks later, we went to Islamabad.”

Check out episode one of VICE here.

From daily brushes with death to smoking weed with the president of Uruguay

Personality: Krishna Andavolu

Show: Weediquette

Why should Aussies care?

Hands down one of the most interesting VICE correspondents, Andavolu is unwavering in his obsessions. As managing editor of Obit-mag.com, an oddly charming site that focuses on endings (funerals, obituaries, retrospectives) in order to learn more about living through the lens of death, Andavolu established his position as a confident, uncompromising creative voice with which to be reckoned.

After Shane Smith at VICE caught onto the bearded New Jersey native’s serene, inquisitive nature and put it before the camera, Andavolu ended up helming one of VICELAND’s most successful endeavours: Weediquette, where he, among other memorable feats, ended up (controversially) smoking ganja in front of the Uruguayan president.

One-liner: “I’m smoking weed with the president of Uruguay at his farm outside of Montevideo."

Check out episode one of Weediquette here.

In addition to the Australian free-to-air broadcast channel SBS VICELAND, you can also stream SBS VICELAND shows any time of the day or night on SBS On Demand.

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