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‘Feed’ fills up on fetish

Pic majority financed by Becker Films Intl.

SYDNEY — The phrase “supersize me” may take on a new meaning after U.S. helmer Brett Leonard’s latest pic, “Feed,” a psychological thriller about a world of men obsessed with overweight women.

Shooting in Sydney, the pic looks at a fetish where “feeders” get sexual gratification by encouraging their partners, “gainers,” to put on vast weight.

“Feed” is majority financed by Becker Films Intl., an Oz-based production, sales and distribution company, which has world rights and will show a promo reel to potential buyers at this month’s European Film Market in Berlin. Rest of the coin was provided by private investors and via deferred salaries.

The idea was suggested to Leonard (“The Lawnmower Man,” “Virtuosity”) by Aussie thesps Alex O’Lachlan and Patrick Thompson when he was in Sydney last year shooting horror pic “Man-Thing.” O’Lachlan and Thompson appeared in that film and are starring in “Feed.”

Scripted by Kieran Galvin and produced by Melissa Beauford, “Feed” features Thompson as a cybercrime investigator on the trail of a man in Ohio (O’Lachlan) he suspects of force-feeding women to death. Thompson’s father Jack Thompson also plays a cop.

“I was initially almost scared of the subject matter, but Brett Leonard’s insightful take on its social ramifications convinced us we had to be involved in this project,” said BFI prez Reiko Bradley.

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