I think the American remake of Kath and Kim is pretty much forgotten back home, even in spite of Selma Blair and and Molly Shannon‘s astonishing costumes and barn-door broad performances. It’s probably lodged in my memory because I knew the Australian original, so it actually meant something to me.
The Oz show was considerably more successful, running to four series and not just a handful of episodes. It was created by and starred Jane Turner and Gina Riley as the titular mother and daughter, brilliantly self-described as “a pair of suburban nightmares living the suburban dream.”
Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, their comeback movie, Kath and Kimdrella has been scheduled for a release down under this September. It’s being called “the first feature” from Turner and Riley, but it’s certainly not their first feature-length work, having made Da Kath and Kim Code for TV in 2005.
Supporting cast Glenn Robbins, Peter Rowsthorn, and Magda Szubanski will be back, along with some guest stars – which I guess means Barry Humphries. Jeez – I at least hope it means Barry Humphries.
In the tradition of almost every sitcom to big screen translation to date, the plot sees the characters going overseas, in this case to Positano in Italy where they apparently get entwined in “their very own fairytale.”
As if this big comeback and a working holiday in Italy were not Fairytale enough.
Still, I think there’s some great character work in Kath & Kim, though you probably have to see a few episodes to really cotton onto it. Anybody who comes to this movie cold is probably going to be left… well, as cold as they started out. As such, I’m expecting this will wind up on DVD in the US at best. I expect it will end up on BBC2 late one Saturday night before too long too…