Magazine article Screen International

Kath & Kimderella

Magazine article Screen International

Kath & Kimderella

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Two of Australia's most loved and idiosyncratic TV comic characters, Kath & Kim, have been taken out of their usual suburban setting and dropped into Italy for their big screen debut, which will be unleashed on Australian cinemas in September.

Synopsis: When foxy empty-nester Kath Day-Knight wins the trip of a lifetime to a tiny European kingdom with her spoilt princess daughter Kim, she embarks on a fairy-tale adventure filled with power, love, lust and even a royal wedding.

Director: Ted Emery, whose other features include The Craic and The Honourable Wally Norman

Written and created by: Jane Turner and Gina Riley

Producers: Rick McKenna (Rick McKenna Entertainment), Jane Turner and Gina Riley (Riley Turner Fillums)

Cast: Jane Turner, Gina Riley, Magda Szubanski, Glenn Robbins, Peter Rowsthorn, Rob Sitch, Richard E Grant, Barry Humphries.

DoP/Do-producer: David Parker

Editors: Steven Robinson and Jane Moran

International Sales: Royalty and Distribution Services

Finance: Screen Australia, private investment, Italian tax credits, Australian producer offset, Film Victoria.

Distributors: Roadshow Films (Australia).

Locations: Italy and Melbourne, Australia.

Releasing: September 2012 (Australia)

Kath & Kim is one of the most loved properties in Australian television history and when its big sister, Kath & Kimderella - made under the banner of Riley Turner Productions and Rick McKenna Entertainment - comes out in cinemas from September 6, it is expected to go gangbusters.

The title characters in Kath & Kim, a mother and her self-obsessed married adult daughter, are written and performed in exaggerated fashion by Melbourne-based writer/performers Jane Turner and Gina Riley.

There are other key characters too, including their husbands, but it is the heightened interactions, ridiculous preoccupations and odd language of these two characters that makes the show overwhelmingly popular. Indeed, "look at me" (the "me" is pronounced "moi") - which is what Kath (Turner) says when she is trying to talk some sense into Kim (Riley), is now part of the Australian vernacular.

"It has always been about the mother-daughter relationship," said director Ted Emery, who has directed the upcoming film and all four television series, the first of which went to air on ABC TV in 2002. The TV series sold throughout the world, including to all the key English-speaking markets, namely the US, where it inspired a remake for NBC, Canada, and the UK, where it was shown on the BBC.

"You have to have a story of course but they are the people that the audience identify with because everyone lives with or knows a mother and a daughter and the way they love each other one minute and hate each other the next," adds Emery.

Whilst much of the action of the TV series is centred on Kath's suburban home, (although there are always regular excursions to the Fountain Lakes Shopping Centre), in Kath & Kimderella, Kath wins the trip of a lifetime to a tiny European kingdom and invites Kim (Riley) and their friend Sharon (played by Magda Szubanski, who will next be seen in Mark Lamprell's Goddess).

"Yes we are making a feature and it's a bloody big screen and yes, every scene has to be a Rembrandt and there's a lot more bells and whistles, but you still have to make those two key characters take precedence," said Emery. …

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