LAUGHS AT LIT­TLE LUNCH

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

In true comedic fash­ion, Up­per Mid­dle Bo­gan cocre­ator Wayne Hope man­aged to get a 12cm splin­ter in his foot sim­ply walk­ing through his own liv­ing room. Wife and cre­ative part­ner Robyn But­ler de­scribes how they had to rush him straight to hos­pi­tal. The ad­mis­sions nurse took one look at the ashen-faced Hope, clearly in con­sid­er­able agony, and said: “I’ve got to ask: Will there be a sea­son three?”

But­ler laughs: “The funny thing was Wayne and I just started go­ing, ‘well, it de­pends, we’ll see how we go, we’ve got some ideas …’”

We’re on the St Kilda Pri­mary School set of the cou­ple’s latest pro­ject Lit­tle Lunch, which is a hive of ac­tiv­ity. It’s the first day of the school year and apart from 100 prep kids cry­ing at leav­ing their par­ents, Vic­to­rian Premier Dan An­drews also vis­ited to make an an­nounce­ment trail­ing TV news crews and se­cu­rity de­tails in his wake. And ev­ery so of­ten a take is in­ter­rupted by a bell, or a loud­speaker an­nounce­ment telling teach­ers to get lunch or­ders in.

Based on Danny Katz’s books, But­ler de­scribes Lit­tle Lunch as “ba­si­cally The Of­fice set in the play­ground”, a mock­u­men­tary about six di­verse kids de­liv­er­ing dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives on the day’s events straight to cam­era with plenty of jokes and cut­aways.

They’ve coaxed sur­pris­ingly good comedic per­for­mances out of the kids, which But­ler says re­quired some very lit­eral di­rec­tions.

But­ler and Hope’s first fea­ture film Now Add Honey comes out in Novem­ber. But­ler stars as a sub­ur­ban mum forced to take in the movie star daugh­ter (Lucy Fry) of her sis­ter (Por­tia De Rossi). But­ler says De Rossi was “the bomb” and a sur­pris­ingly “low main­te­nance” bomb at that. “We have shown Por­tia and (wife) Ellen (DeGeneres) the film and they loved it,” she says.

Lit­tle Lunch, ABC3, Mon-Wed,

4.25pm

Robyn But­ler and Wayne Hope are mak­ing a film.

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