Leeton's Craig Tesler's small part in The BBQ

LEETON’S Craig Tesler has been rubbing shoulders with some big names. 

Mr Tesler was an extra of the set of new Australian movie The BBQ, catching up with old pal Shane Jacobsen, who was the lead character in the film. 

As well as having his time on screen, he was also enlisted to help out behind the camera during filming. 

“I did a bit of everything really,” the cinema buff said. 

“It was great to be able to meet the stars and work with them. They were really friendly and down-to-earth.”

The movie was filmed in Wodonga and a world premiere was held in Albury earlier this year, which Mr Tesler attended. 

Now, it’s the Roxy Theatre’s turn to host the film and Mr Tesler is hopeful residents will turn out this weekend to watch it. 

The BBQ has many big names starring, including Shane Jacobsen who is an old friend of Mr Tesler’s. 

Other stars to feature were Magda Szubanski, Julia Zemiro, Nicholas Hammond and Manu Feildel in his first ever movie.

The plot follows Dazza (Jacobsen), a loveable suburban every man who claims to be a descendant of Captain Cook and has a passion for barbecuing.

However, after accidentally giving his neighbours food poisoning at his regular Saturday barbecue, Dazza's reputation and dignity are on the line. ‘

Seeking amendment, he teams up with a tyrannical Scottish chef known as "The Butcher" and enters an international barbecue competition.

Mr Tesler has a long history in the cinema industry and he is hoping to put to use his contacts in the industry to assist the Roxy. 

“I did a little bit of work when Kenny came out (starring Jacobsen) and just by chance I came in contact again and they said come down to Albury,” he said.

“It was great doing multiple jobs on the set. One of them was being Shane’s stand in double. 

“I changed a couple of lines of Magda’s script and my mobile phone was even in the movie. I had huge amounts of fun doing the behind-the-scenes stuff.

All the cast was fun.” It’s not the first time Mr Tesler has rubbed shoulders with celebrities. 

He once brought John Jarratt of Wolf Creek and McLeod’s Daughters fame to Leeton where they “ karaoked” together at the Wade Hotel. 

The BBQ will screen at the Roxy Theatre on Saturday and Sunday this weekend from 2pm to 3.30pm on both days. 

“It’s a great movie for everyone … it’s not an Academy-award winner, but it’s fun,” Mr Tesler said. 

“There’s definitely some exaggerated stereotypes in there, but I think people will get a lot of enjoyment and a giggle out of it.”


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