GRILLER WARFARE BACKYARD HEATS UP
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
Guys of the grill: The BBQ stars Manu Feildel and Shane Jacobson.