It’s been 12 years since renowned Melbourne production company Working Dog made a movie, which is why we’re so excited about the release of their newest film tomorrow, Any Questions For Ben?. With cult comedies like The Dish and The Castle under their belt, and with a team that includes TV personalities Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro and Tom Gleisner, the newest film from these guys has been a long time coming and we’re looking forward to seeing what you think of this new Australian film.
A slight change in direction and far removed from the suburban settings of their other movies, this new film – directed by Sitch and starring Josh Lawson and Rachael Taylor – is a tongue-in-cheek look at our inner city lives with a romantic comedy bent. Shot in and around Melbourne, the film takes us to some of the city’s most recognisable locations - coffee at Mr Tulk, Mad Max 2 at Rooftop Cinema, dinner at Becco, music at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, tennis at Rod Laver Arena and an awkward Christmas party boat trip down the Yarra. Like the The Castle did for the suburbs, Any Questions For Ben showcases our fellow city in all it's glory.
At the crux of the story is Ben (Lawson), a hotshot marketing executive who enjoys a hedonistic life of shallow, short term stints with women and jobs, fast cars and holidays, all the while falling for the girl he’s known for years (Taylor), who just happens to live in Yemen.
In the meantime we are taken on a grand tour of the city and its hotspots as Ben indulges in his pleasure-seeking ways; wild nights of skirt-chasing and boozing in the Melbourne CBD, heli-skiing in New Zealand and a fleeting stint dating a Russian tennis player.
It’s the glitz and glamour of a young inner city guy, all wrapped up in a film littered with romantic comedy clichés, but that’s what we know and love about these guys and their movies. It’ll make you laugh and cringe at the same time, but only because there’s always something a little bit familiar about these endearing characters.
We’re excited to be partnering with Working Dog on the launch of Any Questions For Ben? and are keen to hear what you think when it’s released in cinemas tomorrow.
Any Questions for Ben? is in cinemas from February 9.
Watch the trailer here.