Label Distribution’s Tait Brady and Madman Entertainment’s Paul Wiegard today announced that the two companies will jointly release the new Australian comedy The BBQ, starring Shane Jacobson and Magda Szubanski.
The national release date is January 18, 2018.
Shane, whose box office hits include Oddball and Kenny, and Magda, one Australia’s favourite comic actresses (Babe, Kath & Kim), share the screen with celebrity chef Manu Fieldel (MKR) in his first acting role and RockWiz’s Julia Zemiro. Director is Stephen Amis (The 25th Reich, The Real Thing) with producers Lynne Wilson, Tait Brady and Deb Fryers.
A gentle comic fable about family, food and fulfilling your potential, The BBQ follows laid-back suburban everyman Darren “Dazza” Cook (Jacobson), who loves to entertain his friends and neighbours with his weekly backyard barbecues. Dazza has also inherited a dubious family history linked to explorer Captain James Cook. While his 12-year-old son, Jayden, is challenged to prove this ancestral link, Dazza takes his passion for the barbecue out of the backyard and into the international arena.
“THE BBQ is a heart-warming comedy that will appeal to Australians of all ages, starring some of our best loved actors. We are fortunate to be working alongside a super experienced producer and publicity team to bring the film to Australian audiences this summer,” Madman’s Paul Wiegard said.
The film introduces new young Australian actor Frederick Simpson and also stars Nicholas Hammond, still remembered for his youthful role in The Sound of Music.
“We felt that the ‘barbie is a cornerstone of Aussie culture. It’s the place where family and friends of all ages, colours and creeds gather together and share their lives over snags, potato salad and a few charred chops. The BBQ celebrates this great Australian tradition and the value of family and community,” said Producer/Distributor Tait Brady, “and we are delighted to be working with the brilliant team at Madman to get the film to audiences across our wide brown land this summer”.
The movie tie-in The BBQ Cookbook, with BBQ recipes and other cooking-with-fire tips and behind the scenes photos, will be published by Harper Collins to coincide with the film’s release. Major promotional partners secured for the film’s release also include BBQ’s Galore and IGA.
The BBQ was produced with principal investment from Screen Australia and production investment from private investors, Film Victoria and the producers, Revolution Partners.