Comedian Damian Callinan’s live show The Merger green lit for film adaptation

A classic comedy film with added heart is about to hit the silver screen. Screen Australia and Create NSW have announced production investment funding for The Merger, about a country football coach who hatches an unorthodox plan to rebuild the local football team by recruiting recently settled asylum seekers.

The film is based on Melbourne comedian Damian Callinan’s  (Backyard Ashes) one man live show and will reunite the team behind 2013’s comedy film Backyard Ashes with producer Anne Robinson, director Mark Grentell and, with Callinan both to write and act

The Merger will be produced by Crow Crow Productions, Dream Genie Pictures and Definition Films, and has also secured funding from the Create NSW Regional Film Fund and a grant from the City of Wagga Wagga, where it will be filmed later in the year.

The Merger is expected to release theatrically in 2018 and will be distributed by Umbrella Entertainment.