Mamma mia – Perth filmmaker’s big screen debut
HE may possess classic Italian traits passed down by his ancestors – charm, passion and a fondness for lasagne – but AFI award-winning director Franco Di Chiera is no ‘big mamma’s boy’.
The gay Perth-born filmmaker, renowned for his stirring documentaries including The Joys of the Women and Under the Skin, lives a rich and independent life away from his mamma’s watchful gaze.
Leading character, Rocco (Frank Lotito), from his debut feature film – new Melbourne rom-com Big Mamma’s Boy – is not so fortunate.
The 35-year-old bachelor, still living at home, is very much under the thumb of his overbearing, pasta and iron-wielding mamma (Carmelina Di Guglielmo), who goes to great lengths to keep her ‘man-child’ son close.
Di Chiera never lived Rocco’s situation, but he certainly knows men who have.