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Summary: THAT’S NOT MY DOG is a joyous comedy that celebrates our love of joke telling. The film centers around the lovable Shane Jacobson (playing himself) who is throwing a party. Invited are the funniest people Shane knows comprising of Australia’s biggest stars along with several Australian music legends playing their biggest hits live, right throughout the party. The invite that goes out is clear. Don’t bring meat. We’ll provide the beer. Just come armed with nothing but the funniest jokes you’ve ever heard. Shane will take care of the rest. It’ll be a night of great friends telling the world’s funniest jokes over a beer and BBQ.

Year: 2018

Australian Cinema Release Date: 15th March 2018

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Dean Murphy

Screenwriter: Various

Cast: Bec Asha (herself), Michala Banas (herself), Adam Brand (himself), Rob Carlton (himself), Ross Daniels (himself), Dave Eastgate (himself), Stewart Faichney (himself), Paul Fenech (himself), Tim Ferguson (himself), Marty Fields (himself), John Foreman (himself), Stephan Hall (himself), Paul Hogan (himself), Ronald Jacobson (himself), Shane Jacobson (himself), Jimeoin (himself), Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows (themselves), Ed Kavalee (himself), Dan Kelly (himself), Khaled Khalafella (himself), Bev Killick (herself), Hung Le (himself), Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann (himself), Nathaniel Antonio Lloyd (himself), Lulu McClathy (herself), The Meltdown (themselves), Genevieve Morris (herself), Russell Morris (himself), Spud Murphy (himself), Fiona O’Loughlin (herself), Emily Taheny (herself), Steve Vizard (himself), Christie Whelan (herself)

Runtime: TBA

Classification: M




Dave Griffiths Review:


When it comes to comedy specials things are normally pretty straight forward – it’s either one comedian doing stand-up for the entire special or a producer randomly selects the current ‘it’ comedian to host a special where they simply just stand in front of a camera and ‘introduce’ a myriad of comedians to perform their own stand-up routine. That’s where That’s Not My Dog comes into its own.

Aussie comedy great Shane Jacobson (The Bourne Legacy, The Dressmaker) came up with an absolute gem of an idea when he rang his great mate producer/director Dean Murphy (Charlie &Boots, Strange Bedfellows) and said that he wanted to bring back the art of telling a good old-fashioned joke. Of course the creative mind of Jacobson wouldn’t settle for just the plain old comedy special, and in his brilliance he comes up with the wonderful idea of inviting 30 of his funniest mates to come to a BBQ – eat great food, have some brilliant live music played for them while they also stand around telling some of the funniest jokes that you are ever likely to hear.

The result is a brilliant film that turns out to be a celebration of Australian comedy like we have never seen before. The audience sits laughing themselves into hysterics as comedy greats like Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee, Strange Bedfellows) and Steve Vizard (Full Frontal, The Wrong Girl) join forces with comedians of today, like Jimeon (The Craic, The Extra) and Lehmo (Any Questions For Ben, Utopia) and tell three of the funniest jokes that they know. Then of course there are also the hidden talents of those such as Michaela Banas (Nowhere Boys, Always Greener) who steals the show with not only her jokes but also with her ability to tell them.

The concept of the jokes being told at a BBQ just adds to the film with the background noise, and live music being provided by the likes of Dan Kelly, The Black Sorrows and Adam Brand just adding even more atmosphere to the film. What works best though with the film is of course the jokes and luckily for Jacobson his cast came along armed with some of the best jokes that you are ever likely to hear. Aside from Michaela Banas the other star here who really steals the show is the great Marty Fields (Ghost Rider, Blue Heelers) who just delivers comedy gem after comedy gem.

That’s Not My Dog is a brilliant comedic idea that results in pure comedy gold. Shane Jacobson needs to be applauded for taking a stance and re-introducing the lost of art of joke telling to Australians and we should all support him by not only going to see the film but by turning up to work on Monday and saying “hey guys, you should hear this joke I heard on the weekend.”




Greg King’s Review:

The affable Shane Jacobson (whose previous film The BBQ was a massive disappointment and a laboured and unfunny comedy that failed to fire up) threw a massive party at his father’s property in Clarkeville, in regional Victoria. He invited along thirty of Australia’s top comics to share in the joy of joke telling and laughter. He provided all the meat and beer, all the guests had to provide was their funniest jokes. Guests included Paul Hogan, Jimeoin, Marty Fields, Stephen Hall, Fiona O’Loughlin and Tim Ferguson, amongst many others.

The whole night was captured on film by filmmaker Dean Murphy, who directed both Jacobson and Hogan in the road comedy Charlie And Boots. Murphy adopts a free-flowing style here as the camera roams around the party, recording the jokes and the camaraderie. Gags fly thick and fast throughout the relatively brisk 89-minute running time. Each of the guests are given their moment to shine, but some seem to get more screen time than others. Some of the jokes may be familiar, but the veteran comics also put a fresh spin on the gags. And the musical accompaniment to the evening was provided by a bevy of musical acts, including The Black Sorrows, Russell Morris, Adam Brand and Dan Kelly.

That’s Not My Dog is like spending an informal evening in the company of these comics as they enjoy each other’s company and eavesdropping on their funny stories in a somewhat relaxed setting. Everyone seemed to be having a ball. Jacobson’s father Ron comes across as a pretty good story teller himself, but his energy seems to be flagging by the end of the night. The whole thing was filmed over one long night, shot by cinematographer Robert Lanser (who shot Murphy’s Charlie And Boots). Then Murphy and his editor Robert Mond patiently worked through the footage to tighten up the material and remove jokes that were repetitious or potentially too crude or offensive.

One of the big distractions in the film is the blatant product placement, although this is probably how Jacobson and Murphy gained the funding for this low budget film and extravagant evening.

Depending on personal taste though some of the humour will be hit or miss. The title itself comes from the punch line to a classic joke that was used in a Pink Panther movie. For me the highlights were Marty Fields and his stream on clever and witty one-liners and a great joke about a woman joining the CIA.

And while a generally entertaining film, That’s Not My Dog is not great cinema. However, it will be best enjoyed in the cinema where audiences can share the experience and the humour with others, as laughter is often infectious. But it will also do well when released on DVD, where you can re-watch and listen to your favourite jokes over again.



Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): 



IMDB Rating: That's Not My Dog! (2018) on IMDb


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FeatureThe Heckler

Indie films always struggle to get onto screens without the big distribution deals and marketing budgets of American blockbusters, but a new Australian on-demand cinema platform, tugg.com.au, now allows filmmakers to book any cinema, any time as long as you have enough people interested in watching that film at that session.

The innovative producing team behind The Heckler are embracing this new distribution model by launching an initial round of on-demand cinema screenings and hoping that positive word-of-mouth fuels more and more screenings – in effect growing their own theatrical release.


Writer/Producer Steve Mitchell says, “A traditional cinema release requires a massive amount of advertising to succeed. Films like ours can’t afford that and so we rely solely on word-of-mouth. And that takes time to build. By staging one-off event screenings at various locations over a longer period, we’re hoping to build momentum without spending a fortune on marketing.”

Anyone can request to ‘host’ one of Tugg’s listed films at their local cinema, but the screening only goes ahead if a minimum number of tickets are sold in advance. This way, nobody loses any money, plus the promoter (host) gets 5% of the box office.

“The main difference with this model is that patrons must book their tickets in advance to guarantee the screening goes ahead, which involves changing people’s behaviour from simply turning-up at the cinema and seeing what’s on. We’re also adding value to our screenings by combining them with either a Q&A or a live stand-up comedy intro (which was a great success during the Comedy Festival).”


Shot on location in Melbourne, The Heckler is about a stand-up comedian who has his body hijacked by the spirit of a jealous heckler and must find a way to reclaim it before the imposter ruins his career. The body-swap comedy received rave reviews from sold out Comedy Festival screenings and won an award at the LA Comedy Festival.

It marks the feature film debuts of local talents Kate Jenkinson (Offspring), Emily Taheny (Mad as Hell) and Simon Mallory (Comedy Inc) and also stars CJ Fortuna (Kinne), Scott Harrison (Charlie & Boots) and Dave Lawson (Utopia) along with a host of other comedy performers including Tony Martin and Jeff Green.

The Heckler season launches with a live stand-up comedy intro at The Sun Theatre in Yarraville on Monday September 7th.
(tickets must be pre-booked via the website)


September 7 at Sun Theatre Yarraville
September 9at Cinema Nova – Carlton
September 13 at Regent Cinemas Ballarat
September 16 at Village Cinemas – Jam Factory – South Yarra
September 20 at Palace Barracks – Brisbane
October 6 at Dendy Opera Quays – Sydney
(Perth and other locations announced soon)

Bookings & details: www.thehecklermovie.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheHecklerMovie

The Hecker

Summary: Steve (Simon Mallory) is a comedian on the rise. His manager is starting to get him the right gigs to get noticed and finally he is starting to make a name for himself around the comedy traps… that is perfect with the U.F.C Comedy Championships right around the corner.

Of course Steve’s rise to fame has come at a cost. His relationship with his ex-wife, Emma (Emily Taheny) and his son, Luke (Luke Christopoulos) is strained, not that he minds because along with his new found fame comes a hot girlfriend in the form of Bree (Kate Jenkinson).

But then along comes one of the most unexpected things that has the potential to railroad Steve’s career. As he teaches a comedy class he insults an inspiring, talentless comedian by the name of Mike (Chris Fortuna). After Mike then heckles Steve during a performance and an altercation occurs in the toilet afterwards Steve suddenly finds the dead Mike has somehow managed to inhabit his body and is hellbent on bringing down his career while attempting to launch his own.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Ben Plazzer

Screenwriter: Steve Mitchell

Cast: Ben Anderson (Dr. Seinfeld), Luke Christopoulos (Luke), Nick Cody (himself), Ashley Fils-Aime (himself), Chris Fortuna (Mike), Adam Francis (himself), Jeff Green (himself), Scott Harrison (Daniel), Geraldine Hickey (herself), Tegan Higginbotham (Laura), Justin Hosking (Mr. Cash), Kate Jenkinson (Bree), Dave Lawson (Andy), Simon Mallory (Steve), Tony Martin (TV Host), Brad Oakes (himself), Sarah Ripper (herself), Luke Stephens (Dave), Emily Taheny (Emma), Merran Williams (Mavis)

Runtime: 92 mins

Classification: CTC




David Griffiths:

So often hastily put together feature films who have relied on crowd funding to get made fall by the wayside. A lot become unwatchable films that are for the lack of a better word to use… a mess. Luckily The Heckler overcomes that kind of tragedy and while it does have the odd weakness here and there it is largely an enjoyable film that is guaranteed to raise a few chuckles out of its audience along the way.

With so many Australian comedians the toast of the world at the moment (think Will Anderson, Joel Creasey and Adam Hills) it is quite a surprise when you realise that there have never really been any films made that are shot revolving around Australia’s thriving comedy circuit. That is one of the reasons that The Heckler is such a welcome watch, the other welcoming factor is the fact that unlike most Australian comedies (I’m pointing my finger at you Big Mamma’s Boy and a range of other wog or bogan related comedy films) it doesn’t make you groan throughout.

Yes, despite the fact that director first time feature director Ben Plazzer and screenwriter, Steve Mitchell really should have done a couple of more rewrites on The Heckler’s screenplay before they went into production, this is a film that actually runs quite smoothly. The film avoids many of the pitfalls that other body-swap films have fallen into over the years and for the most piece this is a nice character driven film that manages to produce a few laughs along the way as well… and yes I even laughed at the ‘I’m your father, Luke’ line which just goes to show what a witty comedy writer Mitchell really is.

The film may have been more marketable commercially if it featured a known Aussie comedic actor such as a Josh Lawson etc but really on reflection both Simon Mallory and Chris Fortuna do great jobs. Mallory is likeable as the unlikable Steve while Chris Fortuna steals the show as he bogans it up to play the at-times repulsive Mike.

Kate Jenkinson, who has made a name for herself on television shows such as House Husbands and Offspring, also announces herself as somebody to watch out for on the big screen as she brilliantly plays the ditzy, Bree. Meanwhile fans of Aussie comedy will get a laugh out of seeing Australian comedy legend Tony Martin (from the D-Gen) popping up in a cameo, even though he is dangerously under used.

The Heckler may not win any comedy gongs this year but if you are wanting to see a movie that will make you laugh throughout while being entertaining to hold your interest you certainly won’t be disappointed with this little Aussie comedy that could.




Greg King:

You can check out Greg’s The Heckler review on www.filmreviews.net.au.



Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2)


IMDB Rating: The Heckler (2014) on IMDb


Other Subculture Entertainment The Heckler reviews: You can also read Dave Griffiths’ The Hecker review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt. You will also be able to hear our The Heckler review on an upcoming episode of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show.