Filming begins today on Gristmill’s Back in Very Small Business, the reprisal of ABC comedy series Very Small Business featuring Wayne Hope & Kim Gyngell.
The pair return as Don Angel and Ray Leonard, respectively. Don is at the helm of the World Wide Business Group, where he and Ray have found success with their ‘Don’s Dirty Dog Wash’ franchise and are running five other small businesses, staffed by an ethnically diverse, gender fluid, psychologically fragile menagerie, all hired on government subsidies.
Joining them are Robyn Nevin, Molly Daniels, Liv Hewson, Rick Donald, Aaron Chen, Rachel Gordon, Marg Downey, Jane Harber, Pia Miranda, Heidi Arena and newcomer Roman Hadley-Lund.
ABC Head of Comedy, Rick Kalowski said “The amazing full cast Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope have assembled for Back in Very Small Business speaks volumes for their reputation as one of the most talented comedy production outfits our country has ever produced”.
Film Victoria CEO, Jenni Tosi said “We congratulate Robyn and Wayne as they get back into business with a terrific ensemble cast to produce the return of this entertaining comedy. We’re also thrilled to support Lisa Marie Corso as a writer’s attachment on the production where she’ll be able to hone her screenwriting skills under the guidance of two of the best creatives in the business.”
Screen Australia’s Head of Production Sally Caplan said: “We’re thrilled to see Back in Very Small Business commence production with such an impressive cast of top-tier Australian comedic actors working alongside some of our most exciting new talent. This sharp satire looks set to be another hit for the talented team at Gristmill.”
Gristmill co-founders Wayne Hope and Robyn Butler are executive producers alongside Greg Sitch and the ABC’s Rick Kalowski. Hope and Butler have written the series with Gary McCaffrie (Upper Middle Bogan, Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell and Very Small Business) and Butler will direct all eight episodes. Lisa Marie Corso is the writer’s attachment, as part of Film Victoria’s Key Talent program.
Back in Very Small Business has principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with Film Victoria and will air on the ABC in 2018.