It was nominated for Best New Australian Play in 2008 at the Sydney Theatre Awards, and for an AWGIE Stage Award and a NSW Premier’s Literary Award in 2009.
At the time it was a piece of theatre, the reviews glowed: ‘It's great entertainment, cutting social criticism, and quality literature’, saidSydney TimeOut.
‘Handsomely scaled-up after its successful debut last year, Brendan Cowell'sRuben Guthrie earns a spot on the top shelf of contemporary Australian comedies’, saidTheSydney Morning Herald.
Ruben Guthrie is Brendan Cowell’s brutally honest comedy about work, family and excess. It’s a play which taps a deep vein of Australian life and asks, is it unAustralian to refuse a drink?
The play was famously based on Cowell's own attempt to have a break from alcohol for a year after over-doing it.
In the film, directed by Cowell, Patrick Brammall plays Ruben Guthrie, a moneyed advertising whiz-kid and party boy with a model girlfriend.
Others in the cast include Alex Dimitriades, Abbey Lee, Robyn Nevin and Jack Thompson.
Filmed over five weeks last year, the $2.5 million production highlights the ‘ugly struggles of the beautiful people’, Brendan Cowell says.
It was shot on location all over Sydney, and is produced by Kath Shelper (Samson and Delilah).