LAUGHS AT LITTLE LUNCH
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,
Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope are making a film.