WINNER – First Prize:
Eric Ravier: I was watching the television when my son suddenly came
on, dressed in drag, on a float at the gay parade. When I got over the shock, I phoned his
mobile: he was still at the parade. He came out to me, said he was gay and that he knew
I'd be watching. It was very emotional for both of us. Talk about 'home entertainment!'
Mark Hourigan: We were watching a video on a stormy Friday evening.
Our bird became scared and flew from his cage looking for a place to hide. He flew into
the video slot of our recorder. The movie stopped, the bird died and the video broke. What
were we watching? Bird Cage!
Gaye Jackson: While engrossed in the Terminator movie on video, my
husband ate my son's jigsaw puzzle pieces and complained that the Doritos were a bit
Jeffrey Price: We were watching a video and doing it on the lounge
room floor, which lead to the conception of our twins. Unfortunately we lost them at
birth, but it was my most memorable home entertainment moment.
Vicki Collins: Bonding with my Dad and my Dad bonding with my friends
watching The Jackal on video. Dad NEVER goes to the cinema and finally he saw what he was
missing – and that my friends were nice people.
Brigid O'Connor: One dark, rainy night when I was about 13, I was
watching the Exorcist alone and it was about halfway through when a mouse ran over my bare
foot. I screamed and screamed and my mum ran in and smacked me, and said never to scream
like that again unless I was being murdered.
Duncan Samarsinghe: My disabled brother fell out of his wheelchair and
broke his arm. I didn't know why until later I pressed play on a tape he'd been watching.
To my amazement, the scene from Forrest Gump where young Forrest broke free of his leg
restraints appeared. My brother was trying to walk.
Nicoleta Loana Sica: Alone at 30 in my dingy flat, eating chocolate
and getting fat, I turned on the box for some relief, and the image seen defied belief.
The school nerd I rejected, was now rich and well connected. Newly married the reporter
said, as I collapsed sobbing on the bed!
Kathy Karas: The night when my mum got out of hospital on her
birthday, she thought that all of us kids would be partying. She thought we forgot about
her birthday as well. So when she got home, all of us kids were in the lounge room sitting
down with flowers all around and popcorn ready, and watching videos. My mum started to cry
and so did I.
Natalie Linney: Everyone was home for a video night & our VCR
wouldn't work, so we got the one out of Mum's room. Once it was plugged in, it
automatically started playing, and to everyone's horror there on the screen was a porno in
Clare Andersen: Easy! Watching a taped video whilst boyfriend out
working a night shift (or so I thought!). 5 mins into the movie, he appears on screen on
one knee, with a ring in hand, proposing… when he gets home I kiss him and say 'yes!'
and kill him for taping over movie!