After destroying his high profile acting career with a series of indiscretions, Darren McWarren (Jason Gann) has moved to Gladdington, a small town in Western Victoria where he can do whatever he wants. When Front Row magazine journalist Ben (Adam Zwar) begins researching McWarren's life for a 'Where are they now' feature, he finds the former star has become the frontman for rock band Black Diamond, and something of a modern Errol Flynn, with girls at his beck and call – and guys wanting to fight him. And he declares his love for Cindy (Anya Beyersdorf), the 'masseuse' he drives to her clients. But he can't quite be Darren, slipping into his past characters, regurgitating their lines.

Never Meet Your Heroes.

With the multiplexes about to be taken over by American blockbusters, you've got to admire Aussie independent Rats & Cats. Made for what, quite literally, would've been the hat budget on Indiana Jones 4, this tells a familiar, universal story of what happens when fame fades.

Darren McWarren was once a rising TV and movie star. But after a scandal cut his career short, he moves to country Victoria, to focus on his music and hang out with his hangers on. Until magazine reporter Ben has to do a “Where Are They Now?” feature on the reclusive figure. Ben is welcomed into Darren's inner sanctum and gets to see his life and hear his pronouncements.

Not a lot happens in Rats & Cats. It's an episodic affair, playing like Sunset Boulevard in tracky daks.

Written by its talented stars, Jason Gann and Adam Zwar, and directed by Tony Rogers, Rats & Cats doesn't get any big laughs, but it doesn't go for them either. Instead it's a mix of droll character observations and gentle parody and so low-key as to make Kenny look like Transformers.

As an antidote to the bombast of American corporate product booming through cinemas, this is a smart and funny little flick that's well worth tracking down.

Rats & Cats rates three stars