The Sydney-shot ensemble comedy marks actor Josh Lawson's directorial debut. 
25 Sep 2013 - 3:11 PM  UPDATED 25 Sep 2013 - 3:11 PM

Queensland-born actor/comedian Josh Lawson (Any Questions For Ben?, Crave) has completed filming on his local production The Little Death, his first film as both star and writer/director.

The ensemble comedy looks at sex from a contemporary perspective, exploring the sexual tensions and desires that brim beneath five apparently normal couples. The film stars local talents Bojana Novakovic (Burning Man), Damon Herriman (100 Bloody Acres), Lisa McCune (Reef Doctors) and Kim Gyngell (The Hard Word) amongst many others, including the director's own brother, Ben, who will soon be seen in Wayne Hope's feature comedy debut, Now Add Honey.

“Josh is a huge talent in front of the camera, that's very clear, but when I read his screenplay, I knew right away I wanted to make the film,” says producer Jamie Hilton (pictured), who is the driving force behind newly developed production house Ticket to Ride. “My producing partner Michael Petroni and I spend a lot of time and money developing projects and working with writers… and to have a screenplay turn up that's shoot-ready and so engaging is extremely rare. You just have to take opportunities like that.”

The Little Death marks Ticket to Ride's first realised film project. The indie finance and production company was set up by See Pictures to fund promising genre based projects up to $2 million, which have reached final draft stage and have a director attached. It has also been set up to seek emerging talent and take advantage of the Australian Producer Offset.

“We look for innovative filmmakers with something fresh to deliver – the main objective being that they embrace genre in an original way,” continues Hilton. “I have to hand the credit to Josh himself and MacGowan Films, who did a wonderful job developing The Little Death. We were very lucky to be able to produce it as our first Ticket to Ride production.”

Josh Lawson has returned to America to continue filming his hit satirical TV show House of Lies, in which he stars opposite Don Cheadle. He also has a small role in Will Ferrell's forthcoming comedy sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and a starring role in Daley Pearson and Luke Tierney's Brisbane-set debut comedy, $quid: The Movie. Lawson will return to Sydney in January to finish editing on The Little Death.

Hopscotch E1 is handling the film's local distribution, which has been tentatively scheduled in for a late 2014 release.