Two of Australasia’s leading television comedic talents are joining forces on a new film set to begin production in New Zealand early next year.
New Zealander Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords fame and Australian Hamish Blake, one half of comic duo Hamish and Andy, will collaborate on a new film called Two Little Boys which will be filmed in Southland by kiwi director Robert Sarkies.
‘‘It’s actually been in the pipeline for about a year, but all the pieces have only fallen into place in the past week,’’ Blake said of the project, which is described as an “irreverent comedy.”
The film centres on the pair’s ‘‘riotous misadventures as they struggle with their imploding long-term friendship, which has been put under pressure by an unfortunate incident involving a hot meat pie, a ginger cat and the untimely death of a Scandinavian soccer star’’.
Blake, who is familiar to kiwi audiences from his time on Australian show Rove, jokes that concerns have been are raised over the fact that both actors are “cheating” on their respective comedy partners.
‘‘It’s a tough one. I don’t feel comfortable about cheating on Andy but now it’s out there,’’ Blake said. ‘‘We’ve always had an open comedic relationship, but it was for one-night stands only, no exchange of phone numbers. I’ve heard them (Andy Lee and Jemaine Clement) whispering on the phone, plotting to do their own movie to release on the same day to sink ours.’’