Small Tales & True.
Here's one from the vault. Written by Robyn Butler, Roz Hammond, Bob Franklin and Matt Cameron, Small Tales & True is a mockumentary series made for the Comedy Channel in 1998. We'd like to think we were trailblazers as we made this before mockumentary was de rigueur.
And, yes, we did meet on this show, playing husband and wife. The on screen marriage went well so we decided to try it out in real life. It's been very similar to the shoot, right down to the catering truck parked out the front of our house (deal breaker for Robyn).
Episode 1 - Treading the Boards
The director of an amateur theatre group tackles King Lear and some big egos. Starring Robyn Butler, Roz Hammond, Bob Franklin, Wayne Hope and Monica Maughan.Episode 2 - Connexions
Dave, Gavin, Rory, Astrid, Jacqui and Kath head to a local singles night, confident that they will find love. Or at least sex. Starring Robyn Butler, Roz Hammond, Bob Franklin, Stephen Curry, Colin Lane, Jim Russell and Sophie Lee.Episode 3 - Peeping Tom
A private detective happily investigates the seedier side of life, having slipped into it himself. Starring Robyn Butler, Roz Hammond, Bob Franklin and Wayne Hope.Episode 4 - Tigerland
Fighting breaks out in the Richmond football club cheer squad over who should write the slogan on the banner. Starring Robyn Butler, Roz Hammond, Bob Franklin, Stephen Curry, Jim Russell and Monica Maughan.Episode 5 - Creatures of Habit
Residents in a suburban street grow anxious when their neighbours begin to dress in animal costumes. Starring Robyn Butler, Roz Hammond, Bob Franklin, Aidan Fennessy, Marco Chiappi and Frank Gallacher.Episode 6 - Holy Matrimony
In order to have a church wedding, three couples must attend a pre-marital guidance course, run by a priest. Starring Robyn Butler, Roz Hammond, Bob Franklin, Aidan Fennessy, Dennis Moore and Genevieve Morris.
- "Think The Castle meets Spinal Tap. Think Australian humour at its softly cynical best. It's this cynicism, often wrenchingly dark, that gives these shows their moments of brilliance." — Sydney Morning Herald
- "Each faux documentary episode is a thoughtful, often dark glimpse into the lives of ordinary people and the laughs come from not jokes or slapstick, but from a recognition of the minutiae of everyday life." — The Age
- "...the series being praised by anyone lucky enough to get an advanced copy." — Fiona Scott-Norman, The Age
- "They are cleverly written, smartly acted snapshots of Australian life. Watching them back-to-back, you see how good the actors really are. They transform themselves from tale to tale: in one episode, Butler is a frumpy Christian with bad hair and the next moment she's a bored, rich housewife who's convinced her husband is having an affair. In both roles she is absolutely believable." — Cerentha Harris, Sydney Morning Herald
- "...'Creatures of Habit' is a priceless yarn about tolerance, personal freedom and the conformist cage of society - it's as black as it is pink." — Lisa Mitchell, The Age
- Written by Robyn Butler, Matt Cameron, Roz Hammond, Bob Franklin and Kevin Carlin
- Directed by Matt Cameron
- Featuring Robyn Butler, Bob Franklin, Roz Hammond, Stephen Curry, Sophie Lee, Colin Lane, Wayne Hope and Genevieve Morris
- Also standout performances from Monica Maughan and Frank Gallacher. Brilliant comic actors, sadly missed.