Cameras started rolling onMonday on two high-profile Australian productions - BoyTown, the Molloy Boy Productions follow-up to
Mick Molloy co-wrote,co-produces and is one of the stars of BoyTown,just as he was on Crackerjack, whichgrossed $5.6m (A$7.7m) for distributor Roadshow and was the biggest local hitof 2002. Roadshow will also handle the release of BoyTown which Kevin Carlin is directing in
Once again Molloy haswritten the script with his brother Richard but this time around he isproducing with lawyer Greg Sitch. Richard and a third brother, John Molloy, areco-producing. The three siblings own the production company.
The film takes its name fromthe greatest boy band of the 1980s, the original members of which put asidetheir humdrum lives to re-form for one last crack at the big time. Englishactor and comedian Sally Phillips and the Australian comedians Glenn Robbins,Bob Franklin, Wayne Hope and Gary Eck are in the cast alongside Mick Molloy.
Film Finance CorporationAustralia (FFC), Network Ten and Film Victoria are all equity investors.Element Films is understood to have sales rights.
The FFC is also paying thebills on the coming-of-age drama DecemberBoys alongside a state film agency, but this time it is the SouthAustralian Film Corporation.
Radcliffe, Christian Byers,Lee Cormie and James Fraser play close-knit teenagers on their first summeraway from the orphanage in which they live.
Rod Hardy is directing MarcRosenberg's screenplay based on Michael Noonan's novel. Richard Becker has putaside his duties as managing director of the Becker Group of companies to dosome hands-on producing.
December Boys will be jointly released by Roadshow and Becker. Village Roadshow holdsall international sales rights outside German-speaking territories, which arebeing handled by MBM.