Let's dance

Robin Ince's first movie

Filming on the first feature film written by stand-up Robin Ince has just finished in Australia

Razzle Dazzle is a comedy set in the world of children’s dance competitions, and stars Ben Miller, of the Armstrong and Miler double act.

Ince also has a small role himself, which requires Ince, who co-wrote the film with Carolyn Wilson, to don a cowboy outfit.

The film also features Paul Mercurio from Strictly Ballroom and Barry Crocker, who starred in the cult Seventies comedy film The Adventures of Barry Mackenzie – and also sang the original Neighbours theme tune.

Ince said the film came about after a friend in Australia saw him in  The Office, where he had a small role as a job interviewee.

‘A friend of mine who I had long lost contact with, saw me and got in contact with me via The Office website,’ he said.

‘So I went out to Australia, one thing led to another, and I started writing a wrestling move with her husband.

‘Then we had a couple of days free, so you know when you're in Australia and you've got a couple of days off, well you start writing a film about children's dance competitions don't you?

‘I suppose it must all have come from my whoring my face on Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two’

‘Stupidly we only wrote one leading male role, leaving nothing for me to do save play an oppressed husband whose much older, overbearing wife forces him to dress as a cowboy wherever he goes.’

The film, which was produced by the government-backed Film Finance Corporation Australia, is expected to be released later this year.


Published: 16 Jan 2006

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