Arclight has picked up all international sales rights except Australia, New Zealand, Greece and Singapore on Fat Pizza, the highest grossing local comedy in Australia this year.

A politically incorrect comedy adaptation of a cult SBS television series, Fat Pizza took many observers by surprise when it opened in the second spot behind Johnny English back in Australia in April.

It had the highest screen average of any film during its first week and since then has grossed nearly US$2.6m (A$4m) for distributor Roadshow, the best comedy result this year.

The film is directed and written by Paul Fenech, who is also one of the three producers, and stars in the film as a pizza shop employee who chases women and gets in brawls.

The press kit describes Fat Pizza as a filmic interpretation of pizza: "It was made and delivered very quickly, it is big and cheesy in content and, just like a pizza, you'll enjoy it while you're eating it but later you'll feel guilt that you enjoyed it".

Arclight is showing great enthusiasm on the acquisition front. In October last year, six months after the company was launched, managing director Gary Hamilton said he would not take on more than 10 films each year - or three per market.

He has gone over that number and has the capacity to handle them because they "are all saleable", he told