90 seconds with.... Sydney Zombie Walk
Get ready to walk with the undead; Sydney Zombie walk is coming. Now into its fourth year, the event has grown steadily since its induction, with 2012 seeing 2500 apprentice zombies walking the streets. Backyard Opera caught up with founder and director, Michael Berman, for a chat.
Michael, can you describe Sydney Zombie walk in 5 words?
Reactions to thousands screaming brains. (I swear, people's reactions are the best part.)
Similar walks take place worldwide; why do you think we should unleash our inner zombie?
Everybody loves a chance to just switch off that part of the brain that cares what people think of them and go wild - zombie walks give them a chance to do that alongside thousands of people doing the same!
How do we take part?
All you need to do is register on our website, then rock up! You can do your own makeup, or you can pay one of our professional makeup artists to give you a hand. Oh, and make sure you've practised your growl.
Growl, hey? What other cool zombie behaviours are a must?
Anybody who has the dedication to hold in a mouthful of fake blood for a few minutes just to surprise some onlookers with a dramatic cough and splutter is a hero in my eyes.
Do you have a favourite zombie movie/ book?
I'm going to cheat a bit and answer this with a TV series - Dead Set. It follows the outbreak of a zombie virus from within the British Big Brother house - it's only six episodes long, but by god it's well written.
Any suggestions for how we can create the undead look?
Even the best makeup artists still use chocolate sauce with red food dye for blood, and wet toilet paper to make sores.
Inspire us- what's the spookiest place in Sydney?
Without a doubt it's the old tram sheds at Glebe - it's a huge open space, with plenty of places to hide. Oh, and everything echoes, so it sounds like somebody is following you with every step.
Who'd win in a fight- zombies or vampires?
Zombies' blood has been drained, so the vampires would slowly die out through lack of food. Then the zombies can snack on their brains.
An article on Cracked (http://www.cracked.com/article_19402_6-mind-blowing-ways-zombies-vampires-explain-america.html) suggested that in the U.S., zombie movies are more popular when Republican governments are in power, while vampires are more popular when the Democrats lead. Do you think zombies are going to be more or less popular now in Australia with Tony Abbott at the helm?
I think election time in general brings out the inner zombie in everyone - I know I heard a few people at the polling booth just begging for brains.
Anything else you'd like to tell us?
We're raising money for the Brain Foundation to help fund research into heaps of brain diseases - you can donate on our website, and those who do are automatically added to my list of awesome human beings.
Sydney Zombie Walk takes place in... on the 2nd November. For more information, or to register online, check out zombiesaustralia.com or sydneyzombiewalk.com.
- Suzanne Rath