Stirling Times - - Seen Stepping Out - Leah Roberts

BAR­BE­CU­ING: it’s the great Aussie tra­di­tion that binds us to­gether, re­gard­less of gen­er­a­tion or lo­ca­tion.

And whether your fancy be coal, wood, gas or even elec­tric, many a boast will be heard across the coun­try – self­pro­claimed dec­la­ra­tions of mas­ter chef sta­tus from back­yard BBQers.

So given it’s iconic sta­tus on our na­tional land­scape, it’s about time we had a movie evok­ing the pas­sion poured across our grills – and boy, does The BBQ have some se­ri­ous act­ing and cook­ing tal­ent at­tached, in­clud­ing star of small and big screen Shane Ja­cob­son and My Kitchen Rules star and celebrity chef Manu Feildel.

Ja­cob­son, who plays Dar­ren ‘Dazza’ Cook, said the movie was all about the tra­di­tion of a BBQ.

“The name of the film is The BBQ, there is no mys­tery what it is about – it’s a great tra­di­tion, even though Manu has told me that it hap­pens around the world,” he said.

“My char­ac­ter loves the rit­ual of invit­ing ev­ery­one around for a BBQ, not just do­ing it on a semi-reg­u­lar ba­sis but ev­ery Sun­day.

“That’s prob­a­bly where the prob­lem started – his wife and fam­ily prob­a­bly didn’t want it to be that reg­u­lar.

“One day a fridge was un­know­ingly turned off so the prawns were off which made peo­ple sick, it made it on to the TV and straight af­ter that Dazza’s work BBQ Ga­lore wants him to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in a meat cook­ing con­test, which is where it all starts.”

For My Kitchen Rules star Feildel, The BBQ was his first crack at star­ring on the big screen and, hav­ing thor­oughly en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence, it may not be his last.

“I didn’t know what to ex­pect; I was like a lit­tle boy on my first day at school with my high­lighter and my ruler for my lines,” he said.

“I was learn­ing my lines, and then I got an­other script and an­other then I re­alised I prob­a­bly should stop do­ing that.”

The BBQ Fe­bru­ary 22. is in cin­e­mas on

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d478282

Guys of the grill: The BBQ stars Manu Feildel and Shane Ja­cob­son.

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