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STARK

Australia, 1993 (MIFF 1993)

Director: Nadia Tass

You've read the book, now see the film. Pooling the talents of actor/writer Ben Elton (Young Ones, Blackadder) and director Nadia Tass (Malcolm, The Big Steal), this gloriously over-the-top production will have its world premiere and sole cinema screening at the MFF — within days of its completion. An international release as a T.V. mini-series is scheduled for later in the year.

Based on his own bestseller, the film stars Ben Elton as C.D., an ideologically unsound Whingeing Pom and sweaty sexual dwarf, caught up in the stark fate of the world. Stark fate indeed as 'Stark' itself, a fiendish society of the select, plots to destroy the earth while saving the best bits for the cockroaches and themselves.

But what sort of chance does the average punter have when C.D. is the man chosen by circumstance to save their quarter acre blocks and sundried tomatoes? Stark takes on all comers with a vengeance in its vividly Technicolored race against time, from the boardrooms of New York to the deserts of Australia.

Can C.D. stop 'Stark', save the world, tell the jokes and win the girl? Or will our last glimpse of mankind be of a motley group of heroic oddbods resplendent in Kerrie Barnett's wondrous day-glo costume designs?

Tune in, turn on and drop out, for Stark is an epic comedy of Apocalyptic proportions. At last!

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