Big Mamma’s Boy is the Australian feature film debut for Holly Valance (Neighbours, Entourage and Prison Break) and is written and co-produced by comedian Frank Lotito (producer of Stefano’s Cooking Paradiso and The Phone). Set to have audiences in fits of laughter, the film is directed by AFI award winner Franco di Chiera (Under The Skin, The Joys Of The Women) and features an ensemble cast of some of Australia’s best comedic talent including George Kapiniaris (Underbelly, Kick and Acropolis Now), Maria Venuti (Pizza, Always Greener and Fat Pizza), Costas Kilias (Kings of Mykonos, Blessed and Two Fists, One Heart), Steve Mouzakis (Summer Coda, Where the Wild Things Are and Knowing) and Jim Russell (City Homicide and Satisfaction).
Featuring model Pia Miller in her first film role and exclusive song performance by Australian Idol winner, Natalie Gauci. A light-hearted and fun-loving comedy about family, food and relationships, Big Mamma’s Boy is a vivacious yet poignant journey into the unique world of Italo-Australian culture from those who know it best!
It has been a grim couple of years for Australian cinema, at least in tone. The suburban warfare of Animal Kingdom gave way to the backyard brutality of Snowtown, and the stark vampire film Daybreakers, the dark western Red Hill and the end-of-Australia-as-we-know-it Tomorrow When the War Began haven’t really helped us brighten our smiles.
While the prospect of another Wog Boy film sends shivers down our collective spines, this similarly themed suburban comedy aims to keep to a very distinct formula that has proven to be a hit with Australian audiences in the past. At least it will keep our minds off serial killers for a while.
Big Mamma’s Boy will be released in Australia on 28 July 2011 from Madman.