Rob Carlton will play a bigoted radio shock jock in Super Awesome!, a comedy from actors/writers/directors/producers Matt Zeremes and Guy Edmonds, which starts shooting in Sydney on Monday.
Annie Maynard also joins the cast as the boss and mentor of the characters Gary and Mark, played by Zeremes and Edmonds, struggling actors who decide to stage a musical about gay marriage with disastrous results.
Carlton's character interviews Gary and Mark, an encounter which goes horribly wrong when he attacks the whole concept of their play. Maynard, who stars in the upcoming ABC-TV comedy series Upper Middle Bogan, plays the owner of the comic book shop where the young guys work. “She's an oracle, our film's version of Yoda,” Zeremes tells SBS Film.
The cast includes Simon Burke as Jack Simpson, an Australian action movie star who gets
involved in their crazy project, Patrick Brammall as pretentious theatre director Fairfax Walters, and Brett Stiller as Kip, a 'heartthrob' actor. There'll also be a cameo featuring an internationally known celebrity, now in negotiation.
Edmonds, Brammall, Carlton and Maynard all appeared in the ABC-TV comedy A Moody Christmas. “To have this level of talent involved in our film is pretty humbling,” says Edmonds, who makes his debut as a feature director after directing several shorts. It's the fourth directing assignment for Zeremes following Burke & Wills, Strangers Lovers Killers and JB & the Mule.
Daniel Edmonds (no relation to Guy), the musical director of the Broadway production of King Kong: Live on Stage, has written three songs for the film including the wryly entitled 'Harvey's Mother's Milk.'
The guys got the idea after appearing in Tommy Murphy's play Holding the Man for Griffin Theatre Company, which then toured the Sydney Opera House, the Brisbane Powerhouse, Melbourne Theatre Company and London's West End.
“Through working on that play we got a real insight into the gay world and issues such as
marriage equality,” says Zeremes. “In Los Angeles we met a couple of people who were doing really serious, earnest documentaries on the subject. Guy and I were brainstorming ideas over there and we thought it would be cool to make a film about marriage equality that's funny.”
They made a humorous video which was posted on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo, in which they super-imposed themselves over footage of Ellen DeGeneres, The Graham Norton Show and Molly Meldrum. They sent the video to Norton, who tweeted his support.
Both have agents in the US – Wishlab for Edmonds, Alan Siegel Entertainment for Zeremes – which they hope will help in securing distribution deals when the film is completed.
They realise they are shouldering a lot of responsibility as actors, writers, directors, and producers. “If the film works well it's all on us,” Guy says. ”If it tanks there is no one else to blame.”
Pursuing successful careers as actors, Zeremes is set to star in Van Badham's play The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars, a romantic comedy which opens at the Griffin Theatre in May.
Edmonds is booked to appear in the ABC-TV sketch comedy The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting, produced by Jungleboys, the team behind A Moody Christmas.