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‘Bruce’ promises to set “new benchmark” for web content

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The team behind How to Talk Australians will launch their new black comedy, Bruce, exclusively online tomorrow..

The seven ep web-series is set in .an ordinary Aussie share-house that just happens to be a prison tent in Sydney Cove, 1788..

It follows Bruce Williamson (Offspring.s Richard Davies), whose plan of following his soulmate to Australia by getting arrested spectacularly backfires. Dave Lawson (Utopia, The Heckler) and Angus Sampson (The Mule, Fargo) also star..

Bruce was co-created and directed by Tony Rogers (Wilfred, How to Talk Australians), and produced by Jason Byrne (Sucker, How to Talk to Australians). Mat Blackwell (Good News Week, The Glass House) and Warwick Holt (The Project, Good News Week) wrote the script.

.Bruce has been a real labour of love,. said Byrne. .It.s so great to see the work come together on the online screen. It was a real pleasure working with Tony, Warwick and Mat.
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‘Bruce’ promises to set “new benchmark” for web content with launch

Bruce.

The team behind How to Talk Australians will launch their new black comedy, Bruce, exclusively online tomorrow..

The seven ep web-series is set in .an ordinary Aussie share-house that just happens to be a prison tent in Sydney Cove, 1788..

It follows Bruce Williamson (Offspring.s Richard Davies), whose plan of following his soulmate to Australia by getting arrested spectacularly backfires. Dave Lawson (Utopia, The Heckler) and Angus Sampson (The Mule, Fargo) also star..

Bruce was co-created and directed by Tony Rogers (Wilfred, How to Talk Australians), and produced by Jason Byrne (Sucker, How to Talk to Australians). Mat Blackwell (Good News Week, The Glass House) and Warwick Holt (The Project, Good News Week) wrote the script.

.Bruce has been a real labour of love,. said Byrne. .It.s so great to see the work come together on the online screen. It was a real pleasure working with Tony, Warwick and Mat.
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Aussie comedy The Heckler embraces on-demand cinema

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The producers of Comedy feature film The Heckler have embraced new Australian on-demand cinema platform tugg.com in a bid get their movie on the big screen..

The new distribution model allows filmmakers to book any cinema, any time as long as there are enough people interested in watching that film at that session. .

The Heckler will now be launched in an initial round of on-demand cinema screenings and the team behind the movies are hoping that positive word-of-mouth fuels more screenings.

Writer/Producer Steve Mitchell said a traditional cinema release required a massive amount of advertising to succeed..

"Films like ours can.t afford that and so we rely solely on word-of-mouth," he said..

"And that takes time to build. By staging one-off event screenings at various locations over a longer period, we.re hoping to build momentum without spending a fortune on marketing..

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Aussie comedy wins La comedy fest prize

The Heckler, an Australian comedy from first-time feature director Ben Plazzer and writer Steve Mitchell, has won the best ensemble award at the La Comedy Festival.

The privately-funded film stars Simon Mallory as Steve, a fame-hungry, self-absorbed stand-up comedian who is on the brink of cracking the big league when he accidentally kills Mike (Cj Fortuna), a heckler and jealous wannabe comic.

Mike.s spirit jumps into Steve.s body and sets out to ruin his reputation by performing disastrous, unfunny stand-up routines. Steve must try to repossess his body before Mike destroys his relationships, his finances and his one shot at fame, the Ultimate Funniest Comedian contest.

Mallory and Fortuna were on hand to accept the award on behalf of the cast, which includes Kate Jenkinson, Emily Taheny, Tony Martin, Jeff Green, Dave Lawson and Scott Harrison.

Hollywood comedy guru Steve Kaplan, author of The Hidden Tools of Comedy,
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The Heckler turns the tables in Oz comedy

The body-switch genre gets a novel twist in The Heckler, an Australian comedy from first-time feature director Ben Plazzer and writer Steve Mitchell.

Now in post, the privately-funded film stars Simon Mallory as Steve, a fame-hungry, self-absorbed stand-up comedian. Steve is on the brink of cracking the big league when he accidentally kills Mike (Cj Fortuna), a heckler and jealous wannabe comic.

Mike.s spirit somehow jumps into Steve.s body and sets out to ruin his reputation by performing disastrous, unfunny stand-up routines. Thus Steve must try to repossess his body before Mike destroys his relationships, his finances and his one shot at fame, the Ultimate Funniest Comedian contest.

Kate Jenkinson plays Steve.s girlfriend, Emily Taheny is his ex and Dave Lawson is a rival comedian.

Odin.s Eye Entertainment.s Michael Favelle has boarded the project and is pitching it to local and international distributors. .Australian comedy
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ABC comedies break new ground

Dave Eastgate, Lawrence Leung and Stephanie Son in Maximum Choppage.

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Head of ABC TV comedy Rick Kalowski has commissioned a stand-alone pilot, a prototype he intends to test for further pilots, and he.s developing a sitcom to be filmed in front of a studio audience.

In a further break from the traditional approach to comedy, Kalowski is developing several shows that are each built around an established performer-writer. All that is in addition to eight series which are either in production or post.

The stand-alone pilot deals with an unusual subject- mental illness. Details of that sitcom are under wraps but Kowalski tells If he.s looking for other projects that are suitable material for pilots.

The studio-based comedy could be the ABC.s first since Mother and Son, the Geoffrey Atherden-created classic which ran until 1994. The show is being developed with writer . producer Marieke Hardy and would
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