Produced by McLaren House with Instinct Entertainment

Strange Bedfellows

They’re close mates, but not that close.

Based on the hit 2004 film of the same name that starred Paul Hogan and Michael Caton, Strange Bedfellows was the highest grossing Australian film of the year, winning the IF Box Office Achievement Award and going on to win Best Film at the Toronto World of Comedy film festival and selling extensively around the world.

In the idyllic Australian township of Yackandandah, local mechanic Ralph Williams enjoys the quiet life. A widower since the death of his beloved wife Maggie, Ralph is known and loved by all for his dependable nature and willingness to always lend a hand.

His best mate, and ideas man, Vince Hopgood, runs the old cinema. Due to the manipulations of his bitter ex-wife, has been hit with a massive tax bill and is ruined till he spots a newspaper headline – the government has passed new legislation giving same-sex couples equal tax breaks to married folk.

After days of pleading and some begging, Vince persuades Ralph that they should register as a same-sex couple – they can pool their incomes and even create a family trust – to clear Vince’s tax bill. The best bit, only the Tax Department will ever know!

Two weeks later another letter, an investigator is coming to audit their claim.

Suddenly, Ralph and Vince, two blokes who don’t know if they’ve ever met a gay person, two blokes who still aren’t convinced Rock Hudson really was gay, now have a week to learn how to pose as a loving homosexual couple in a small town that knows them as anything but. This is going to call for some fancy footwork.

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