Bogan Pride had its launch last night in Melbourne, screening two episodes to an invited audience at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square.
In the crowd were cast and crew, family and friends, Adam Zwar and Jason Gann (both of Wilfred), John Safran, cabaret performer Eddie Perfect, Brian Mannix, choreographer Tony Bartuccio and Caroline Gilmer (Underbelly).
In fitting with the theme of the night, there were chocolates, assorted sweets and cupcakes on hand.
Creator, writer and star Rebel Wilson seemed pretty pleased with the reception, and well she should be. Along with producers Tony Ayres (pictured with Wilson), Michael McMahon and director Peter Templeman, she’s put together a bright little series that champions the underdog. Not a bad feat at such a young age.
This is a 6 part comedy clearly designed to be a cult treasure, complete with musical numbers. It isn’t hard to see that for Wilson, it’s been a labour of love. But it’s also bound to be controversial, with several gags pushing the bounds of decency. So if you like comedy that doesn’t play it safe this could be one for you.
Bogan Pride also features several newcomers who put in promising performances (full review to follow later).
The show will later be released on DVD, with a CD of songs and a “school annual” book penned by Wilson.
It launches 9pm Monday October 6 on SBS.