Mamma mia â€“ Perth filmmakerâ€™s big screen debut
HE may possess classic Italian traits passed down by his ancestors â€“ charm, passion and a fondness for lasagne â€“ but AFI award-winning director Franco Di Chiera is no â€˜big mammaâ€™s boyâ€™.
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 mammaâ€™s watchful gaze.
Leading character, Rocco (Frank Lotito), from his debut feature film â€“ new Melbourne rom-com Big Mammaâ€™s Boy â€“ 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 â€˜man-childâ€™ son close.
Di Chiera never lived Roccoâ€™s situation, but he certainly knows men who have.