Australia's Becker Group has signed on as international sales agent for producer David Rowe's A$3m contemporary comedy Tempe Tip, scheduled to start shooting in October.

REP will handle Australian distribution of the film, while international sales will be contracted out. Michael Ralph is set to direct the project from his own script about a family that finds the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in their own backyard.

Rowe, who is also starting production on three A$1m thrillers for video release within the next month, has financed the project privately in conjunction with his three partners in GIV Films, lawyer Phil Davey, merchant banker Richard Brezzo and financial broker Hayden Wright. Some financial assistance has also come from the South Australian Film Corp government agency.