While most zombie films stay true to the genre’s horror roots, an increasing number of them are happy to explore the undead’s potential for humor. One such project, Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse.’ is set to begin filming this month in the Australian Capital Territory region.
Billed as a “low budget Oz-Zom-Com” the film will feature US-based Australian Comedian Jim Jefferies in a leading role. He will join fellow comedians Greg Fleet and Alex Williamson to make up the zombie comedy’s trio of main characters. The script, written and directed by Declan Shrubb, was developed through ScreenACT’s pilot low budget feature program, and last year was selected to receive significant production funding from the ACT Government.
“We are all very excited to welcome Jim to our cast. I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with three very talented comedians on this project. Together, with their on-screen charisma, legendary comic timing, and devoted fan base, I believe we will make a very funny film that many people will enjoy, not only here in Australia, but overseas as well,” said Producer, Daniel Sanguineti.
Jefferies, not unfamiliar with controversial stand-up performances, has become one of Australia’s greatest comedy exports to the world; selling out stand-up shows around the globe. His US TV show ‘Legit’, currently airing on Foxtel, has been renewed for a 2nd season on cable channel FX, and has been garnering attention in the US for its positive portrayal of individuals with disabilities, along with of course, it’s sometimes dark humour.
The film’s story, drawing on universal themes of friendship and loyalty with an Australian comic flavor, revolves around three telecom tradesmen hiding effortlessly in a telephone exchange during the onset of a zombie apocalypse. The filmmakers of ‘Me and My Mates’ hope to repeat the successes of Brit zombie comedy film ‘Shaun of the Dead.’
Make up effects company SharpFX, whose credits include ‘Elysium’ and the ‘Hobbit’ will be creating the film’s zombies.