It’s not every day Melbourne’s queer community stars on big screens across the world but come 22 April the premiere of the new Paul Hogan film Strange Bedfellows will see the community revealed in all its colourful glory. Strange Bedfellows, featuring Hogan and fellow-actor Michael Caton pretending to be a gay couple to defraud the Department of Social Security, was filmed in South Yarra and country Victoria. Many of the extras and small roles were drawn from Victoria’s queer community. Among those making an appearance were Spookie Kabookie and Feral Beral, pictured here on Commercial Rd, South Yarra, just before shooting began on a nightclub scene at the nearby Zos Nightclub.
The Film Finance Corporation which helped finance the project were initially wary about the politically unlikely premise -“ legal recognition of gay couples for Social Security purposes -“ and one industry source suggested that the preview audience found the one-joke comedy tried too hard to be inoffensive with bland results. He described the movie as a gay Dad’s Army likely to appeal only to unsophisticated audiences.