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Ed Kavalee on self-funded comedy telemovie Scumbus

31 October 2012 6:44 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

It.s not surprising that comedic actor Ed Kavalee.s debut telemovie Scumbus is about to hit screens. What is surprising is that he used his life savings to self-fund the project, which was strong enough to attract come of the biggest names in Australian comedy including Glenn Robbins, Tony Martin, Peter Helliar and Dave Hughes.

.What do they tell you not to do? Don.t put your own money in,. Kavalee says. .But I didn.t have a choice . what am I going to do? Ring up a funding body and say I have this idea for a comedy telemovie? They would have hung up straight away. You know you get to this point where you say .I.ve got to do something.....

Kavalee has been winning fans over the past six years on radio and as a host and performer on TV shows such Thank God You.re Here; TV Burp; Santo, »

- Brendan Swift

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Ed Kavalee talks up self-funded comedy telemovie Scumbus

31 October 2012 6:44 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

It.s not surprising that comedic actor Ed Kavalee.s debut telemovie Scumbus is about to hit screens. What is surprising is that he used his life savings to self-fund the project, which was strong enough to attract come of the biggest names in Australian comedy including Glenn Robbins, Tony Martin, Peter Helliar and Dave Hughes.

.What do they tell you not to do? Don.t put your own money in,. Kavalee says. .But I didn.t have a choice . what am I going to do? Ring up a funding body and say I have this idea for a comedy telemovie? They would have hung up straight away. You know you get to this point where you say .I.ve got to do something.....

Kavalee has been winning fans over the past six years on radio and as a host and performer on TV shows such Thank God You.re Here, »

- Brendan Swift

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Upper Middle Bogan begins Melbourne shoot

2 September 2012 9:48 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Filming has begun on new comedy series Upper Middle Bogan for the ABC in Melbourne.

Created by Wayne Hope and Robyn Butler, creators of The Librarians and Very Small Business, it’s an eight part comedy series set for ABC1.

The production received funding from Film Victoria in May.

Shot on location in Melbourne’s Brighton and Calder Raceway, the series is directed by Hope and Tony Martin.

Upper Middle Bogan is the story of Bess Denyar, a doctor with an architect husband and twin 13 year-olds in private school, who discovers she was adopted and her birth parents head up a drag racing team in the outer suburbs.

The cast includes Glenn Robbins of Kath & Kim, Robyn Nevin of The Castle, Annie Maynard of Paper Giants, Patrick Brammall of the forthcoming series This Christmas and Lara Robinson of Cloudstreet.

ABC TV executive producer Debbie Lee said: “Robyn and Wayne have once again created original, »

- Colin Delaney

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Any Questions For Ben? slips 50 per cent in second weekend

19 February 2012 9:05 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Rob Sitch comedy Any Questions For Ben? has slipped 50 per cent in its second weekend at the box office.

Working Dog.s latest project . following the incredibly popular past hits The Castle and The Dish . grossed a disappointing $302,421 from 235 screens over the weekend, earning it a screen average of just $1287. Last weekend it opened with $608,731.

Distributor Roadshow kept Any Questions for Ben? on 235 screens . the same as opening weekend . however, the film failed to generate positive word-of-mouth while negative reviews also did not help its cause.

The film, also starring Rachael Taylor and Daniel Henshall, follows Ben (Lawson) who suffers a quarter-life crisis after being asked to speak at his school.s career night. Sitch directed the comedy and co-wrote along with Tom Gleisner (The Hollowmen, Russell Coight.s All Aussie Adventures) and Santo Cilauro (Frontline, Thank God You.re Here).

Stephan Elliott.s comedy A Few Best Men also »

- Sam Dallas

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Any Questions For Ben? slips 50 per cent in second weekend

19 February 2012 9:05 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Rob Sitch comedy Any Questions For Ben? has slipped 50 per cent in its second weekend at the box office. Working Dog.s latest project . following the incredibly popular past hits The Castle and The Dish . grossed a disappointing $302,421 from 235 screens over the weekend, earning it a screen average of just $1287. Last weekend it opened with $608,731. Distributor Roadshow kept Any Questions for Ben? on 235 screens . the same as opening weekend . however, the film failed to generate positive word-of-mouth while negative reviews also did not help its cause. The film, also starring Rachael Taylor and Daniel Henshall, follows Ben (Lawson) who suffers a quarter-life crisis after being asked to speak at his school.s career night. Sitch directed the »

- Sam Dallas

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Any Questions for Ben? Just one: why have audiences stayed away?

16 February 2012 4:44 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

On this week's episode of popular game show Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation, host Shaun Micallef asked actor Josh Lawson how his latest film Any Questions for Ben? was performing.

"Tremendously well," said Lawson, who was dressed as Romeo as part of the episode's Shakespearean theme. "Yeah, no, it's doing very well."

"I should explain," said Micallef quickly to the viewers at home. "We did pre-record this at a point before the film had opened. Can we do the alternative just in case?"

"Of course," Lawson agreed.

"Josh, how is the film doing?"

"People hate it," said Lawson promptly. "And they seem to specifically hate me in it."

The reality seems to lie somewhere in between these two extremes for the latest comedy from Working Dog. Audiences aren't united in their hatred of Any Questions for Ben?, but then again, not many of them have seen it.

The film grossed just »

- Amanda Diaz

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Any Questions For Ben opens mildly

12 February 2012 11:29 PM, PST | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Australian film Any Questions for Ben has opened with mild box office results over its opening weekend.

The film, directed by Rob Sitch for Working Dog Productions, took $609,000 across 235 screens for a screen average of $2,500.

It’s a disappointing first week for the Working Dog team who also wrote, directed and produced box office hit The Castle and The Dish.

The fast-paced romantic comedy follows Ben (Josh Lawson) as he suffers from a quarter-life crisis and struggles to keep a girlfriend for longer than a month. It also stars Rachael Taylor  and co-stars Daniel Henshall, Ed Kavalee, Felicity Ward and Lachy Hulme.

The cumulative total gross is $677,000. The film is distributed by Roadshow.

Meanwhile A Few Best Men, directed by Stephan Elliott, took $539,000 from 237 screens in its third week out, for a screen average of $2274, for a cumulative total of $4,669,000. A Few Best Men is distributed by Icon Films.

Elsewhere Shame, »

- Colin Delaney

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Any Questions For Ben? posts modest opening while Shame nets $170K

12 February 2012 9:16 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Rob Sitch.s latest feature film Any Questions For Ben? has posted a modest opening at the local box office. The romantic comedy, starring Josh Lawson and Rachael Taylor, grossed $608,731 for Roadshow on 235 screens, giving it a screen average of $2590.

To put it in perspective, Stephan Elliott.s A Few Best Men grossed almost the same . $539,230 . in its third weekend on 237 screens.

It.d be a disappointing result for the team at Working Dog Productions, best known for such feature films as The Castle and The Dish. Australian favourite The Castle took in $764,378 on just 83 screens when it opened in 1997, while The Dish raked in just under $3 million across 281 screens in 2000 in its opening weekend. (They both went on to make $10.3 million and almost $18 million respectively.)

Sitch, who sat in the director's chair, co-wrote the film with Santo Cilauro and Tom Gleisner. The comedy follows Ben (Lawson) who suffers a »

- Sam Dallas

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Any Questions For Ben? posts modest opening while Shame nets $170K

12 February 2012 9:16 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Rob Sitch.s latest feature film Any Questions For Ben? has posted a modest opening at the local box office. The romantic comedy, starring Josh Lawson and Rachael Taylor, grossed $608,731 for Roadshow on 235 screens, giving it a screen average of $2590. To put it in perspective, Stephan Elliott.s A Few Best Men grossed almost the same . $539,230 . in its third weekend on 237 screens. It.d be a disappointing result for the team at Working Dog Productions, best known for such feature films as The Castle and The Dish. Australian favourite The Castle took in $764,378 on just 83 screens when it opened in 1997, while The Dish raked in just under $3 million across 281 screens in 2000 in its opening weekend. (They both went on to make $10.3 million and almost »

- Sam Dallas

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Top 50 modern day low budget movies

2 February 2012 5:04 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We salute 50 of the finest contemporary films with budgets of less than $10million. Did your favourite make the list…?

In this age of multi-million dollar blockbusters and eye-watering fees paid to some actors, you may forget we’re in an age of austerity. However, for the vast majority of the film industry, there is no huge vat of money, nor has there ever been. But this hasn’t stopped some of the finest films of recent years being made on a relative shoe-string, and in some cases, quite literally with a shoe-string.

I reckon filmmaking thrives at the sharp end, and low budgets mean more creative ideas, and as a result, more engaging films. To prove this, here is a list of what I consider to be the finest 50 contemporary films made for under $10 million. There is a breathtaking array of recognisable genre pictures in here, too, with budgets rangin »

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'The Castle's Tiriel Mora on good behaviour bond after attacking wife

10 January 2012 6:15 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Tiriel Mora has been given a year-long good behaviour bond. The 52-year-old Australian actor, who is best known for his role as solicitor Dennis Denuto in The Castle, was accused of assaulting wife of nine years Brigid after a drinking session at their Blue Mountains home on October 1 last year. According to the Herald Sun, Brigid told Katoomba Local Court: "We ended up in the doorway... he put his hand around my neck. He was hurting my throat and he was squeezing hard. "I was grabbing at him and I ended up breaking his glasses. He pushed me over the bench of the laundry, right over so far that he was going to break my back. Once I had slipped on to the floor, he stopped." Tiriel said that the fight was triggered by him commenting on his (more) »

- By Rebecca Davies

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