In front of the cameras, when they start to roll this week on the new Australian comedy Take Away, will be a very strong cast including Rose Byrne, who won best actress at the Venice Film Festival in 2000 for her role in The Goddess Of '67.

She will be working alongside Vince Colosimo, who won best supporting actor for Lantana in the local film awards in November and was much loved for his role in box office hit The Wog Boy, and Nathan Phillips the lead in Australian Rules, which had its world premiere at Sundance in January.

The film is about adjoining fish and chip shops forced to drop their rivalry when a multinational fast-food outlet unveils a new store directly opposite. It is a feature film directorial debut for Marc Gracie, one of two producers on the micro-budget comedy The Craic, which ended up grossing $2.5m (A$5m) in 1999. He is again producing, but this time alongside David Redman.

Roadshow, which also distributed The Craic, is again on board, as is Beyond Films, handling international sales.