Peter Rowsthorn, of Kath and Kim fame, is in Dookie starring in a short-film about the town's railway line.ALEXANDRA BOLKAS September 25, 2013 4:52am
Comedian Peter Rowsthorn earned unexpected fame playing Brett Craig in Kath and Kim.
Rowsthorn said the fame was unexpected because the show almost did not get to air.
He said the ABC kept rejecting Gina Riley and Jane Turner’s scripts.
‘‘It was unpredictable; the girls tried to get it on for a long time, but ABC would never run it because they said it wasn’t funny enough, so they kept on rewriting it,’’ he said.
Rowsthorn said after the knock-backs, the pair decided to approach the show as a drama.
‘‘(ABC’s) drama department said they would do it because of the narrative, but because (Gina Riley and Jane Turner) had been beaten around so much, they didn’t have confidence,’’ he said.
‘‘We knew it was going to be funny, but we acted it more than playing it for its humour and it just went bananas.’’
Rowsthorn is in town to shoot Welcome to Dookie, a Rough Diamond Pictures film about a father and son who decide to film a promotional video about their town in the hope of reviving its railway.
He said he and his agent had not heard of Dookie when forwarded the script from film director Justin Evans.
Rowsthorn said he was drawn to the simplicity and neatness of the short-film’s premise.
‘‘Often if you’re doing short films it’s the best idea if it’s got great clarity and it’s simple,’’ Rowsthorn said.
‘‘And the idea of selling a small little town like Dookie is a nice principle.’’
The Hawthorn fan, who lives in Perth, said he jumped at the chance to film in Victoria during AFL grand final week as he had no doubt his side would be in the premiership decider.
Rowsthorn said his experience on Tropfest short film 2011 finalist The Applicant, with actor Nicholas Bell, led him to take a punt on Welcome to Dookie.
‘‘(The Applicant) was really good fun, we had a fan on the camera because it was overheating, and a couple of young guys just trying to get things done and it ended up being really good,’’ he said.
‘‘I thought ‘Yeah, I’ll do another one of those’.
‘‘You never know what comes of any little project that you do; when we did Kath and Kim we never expected it to be super popular.’’
The former drama teacher said he got into comedy after busking with friends in college.
‘‘We took that act to a comedy club and got booked; before I knew it I was making more money than a teacher can make,’’ he said.
He said the 1980s was a fertile period for Australian comedy with shows such as The D-Generation and Fast Forward.
‘‘In 1983, there were lots of young comedians, like Glenn Robbins, working together and we’d all do sketch shows,’’ Rowsthorn said.
‘‘We didn’t know it then, but it was a really fertile time to be doing comedy and we all pushed each other along and spilled into TV at the end of the ’80s.
‘‘We became known as the Melbourne Comedy Mafia.’’
Football nut and AFL Goulburn Murray league operations manager Simon Devine is looking forward to the challenge of carrying on the proud tradition of the Goulburn Valley Football League.
Police investigating a break and enter at a Mulwala club more than 10 years ago are renewing their appeal for public assistance by releasing an image of a person they believe has information to assist them.
Tatura’s Victory Hall is set for a big year as preparations get under way to celebrate the hall’s 90th birthday in September.
Former district resident and award-winning television producer Joanna Werner will no doubt be shopping for a glitzy gown ahead of the Emmy Awards in New York on February 20.
Rochester Secondary College school captains Dom Atley and Tim Poole have been accepted to study biomedical science in the first step towards becoming doctors.
Will it be Merrigum or Lancaster?
Fire destroys key public buildings in Seymour
Finley Henry Matheson was bestowed one of the highest Australia Day honours.
Heathcote Hostel residents were treated to a visit from Heathcote’s favourite horse, Sub Zero, as part of Australia Day celebrations.
Recent weather conditions have come as a mixed blessing for farmers, with high rainfall and humidity providing a respite for irrigators as well as difficult growing and picking conditions for fruit growers.
Darren McLoughlin only started playing croquet seven years ago.
From orchards to harvest to shelves, a new exhibition will celebrate the Goulburn Valley’s iconic fruit industry. The Photos of the Fruit Industry exhibition will run as part of the SheppARTon Festival in March and aims to share memories and history of an industry that has shaped the region.
Former Benalla footballer Tom Rockliff has been named captain of the Brisbane Lions Football Club.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.