Dean Ipaviz brings the story of The Repair Shop Australia to life
Everyone has something that means too much to throw away, and the Repair shop Australia The team works to preserve and restore the objects and the stories and memories that accompany them.
Based on the British original, the show sees a host of family heirlooms and loved ones’ heirlooms walk through the door to be brought back to life.
Media week talked to the host about The Australia repair shop Dean Ipaviz before the launch of the show on May 3 at 8:30 p.m. on Foxtel LifeStyle or on demand.
“I was first and foremost a fan of the British show,” says Ipaviz. “I’ve always been interested in recycling, renovation, restoration and repair, and I guess it’s related to my carpentry skills.
“I love the concept of the British series, I’ve been a fan of it for a while. Then, when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance because of this passion for restoration and repair.
The UK series has been a major draw for Foxtel, but Ipaviz says the Australian version of the format has a much more local feel.
“There’s a little more Australiana in the articles, which separates this series and truly identifies it as Australian. Think about the age of our country compared to the UK, and then the stories and elements of migration that have built Australia. The stories that we unpack in the first series are very related to immigration.
“A lot of the items you see in the UK series, while impressive and amazing, are very British. People will see items in the Australian series that they can relate to and hear stories that they can relate to. identify because they know someone who has shared the same story or they will know the article because they have seen it before.
The repair shop team features Majelle the metallurgist, Aaron leather craftsmen, Erin jeweler, Britta furniture restorer, Andrew the watchmaker, and Paul the electric off-roader.
“I’ve been incredibly blessed to be able to watch these people do what they do,” Ipaviz says.
“When you see the level of detail that all these guys work at, it was a real pleasure to watch them work and get a glimpse of what it takes to be a leatherworker or what it takes to be a watchmaker. can get in and fix a clock.
“They just work on the smallest details. They are such precise craftsmen that it was truly a pleasure to be able to watch them do what they do and help where I can and work alongside them.
The Australia repair shop was filmed just as Sydney entered a major lockdown, which Ipaviz said caused headaches for production.
“The show is really only as good as the stories we are able to unpack, and those stories are tied to the elements we have access to..
“I remember driving and talking to my agent on the way down thinking ‘how the hell are we going to get this thing shot? because I was barely allowed to walk down from Byron Bay to Sydney, let alone ask people to bring these items.
Despite speed bumps along the way, the show team managed to get the job done
“Thank you to the production company and Foxtel for being able to pull it all together. We managed to get around it, and we still managed to bring in some amazing items and tell some amazing stories.
“Having seen what I saw of the first series, if we could combine that with the limited areas we could work with i can only imagine how exciting it would be if we had another opportunity to do this.”
Ultimately, Ipaviz hopes the show will inspire Australians to see things around their homes in a new light.
“I hope people enjoy their items. There are these big minimalist movements and people are disconnecting from their items because they’re trying to hoard less.
“There is such innate value in the stories that are tied to these objects, and I think people can sometimes overlook some of the things that they have in their lives and just see them as things instead of understanding why they are the way they are. Ultimately, it’s the story behind these items that makes them valuable.
“Hope a few heirlooms are dusted off in homes in Australiaand people are starting to share some of their own family history.