SYDNEY — Aussie sitcom export “Kath and Kim” is set for the big screen treatment after receiving production coin from Screen Australia in the latest round of funding.
Pic will be the first feature from production company Riley Turner Prods.
“The Kath and Kim Filum,” distribbed Down Under by Roadshow, will be the first time loyal Aussie auds will have seen the pair since creators Jane Turner and Gina Riley headed Stateside to help NBC get its Selma Blair-starring U.S. version off the ground. Peacock laffer had a short-lived run after getting lost in translation.
“Australia’s comedic sensibility is world renowned and is a distinctive part of our cultural identity. ‘The Kath and Kim Filum’ represents iconic Australian comedy,” said Screen Australia topper Ruth Harley, who revealed the 15 film and TV projects that will share $9 million in production support.
Pic will take Oz’s favorite mother and daughter team on an overseas jaunt and is produced by regular producer Rick McKenna and helmed by Ted Emery.
Other features to receive coin include Jeremy Hogarth’s “The Last Great Apes,” an IMAX docu, “The 20-something Survival Guide” from tyro helmer Peter Templeman, about a young playboy who finds out he will be infertile in a month and sets about procreating, and “Big Momma’s Boy” a family comedy from helmer Franco Di Chiera.