Screen Australia backs ‘Best Men’

'Wasted on the Young' also takes coin

SYDNEY — Dean Craig, scribe of 2007’s “Death at a Funeral,” turns his pen to Down Under weddings in the Screen Australia-backed “A Few Best Men.”

Pic leads the latest round of A$8 million ($7 million) in coin announced by the org. It will be helmed by local director Stephan Elliot best known for 1994’s “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”; laffer will be Elliot’s first film since 2008’s “Easy Virtue.”

Story revolves around a Blighty groom heading to Oz and the resulting culture clashes. Pic is produced by Todd Fellman, Gary Hamilton, Share Stallings and Laurence Malkin.

Org has also put completion coin into helmer-scribe Ben C. Lucas’ “Wasted on the Young,” set at a high-school party, which is the focus of some heavy industry buzz.

Screen Australia topper Ruth Harley was pleased the pics represent both established and new talent.

” ‘A Few Best Men’ is a very Australian take on the classic fish-out-of-water tale led by a highly talented comedic team with a strong track record,” Harley said. ” ‘Wasted on the Young’ showcases genuine new filmmaking talent and uniformly impressive performances from a virtually unknown young cast to create an emotionally sophisticated and resonant, contemporary thriller.”

In TV, Screen Australia gave coin to three made-fors spun off crime series “Underbelly.” The third in the series, “Underbelly: The Golden Mile,” recently bowed to auds of over 2 million.

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