You are there. We are here. This Is It.

You are invited to the premiere press conference for the new blockbuster movie, This Is It.

Step into the role of hard-hitting reporter, screenculture geek, or salacious gossip columnist, as the three stars take your questions.

It’s your chance to unravel the film’s speculative plot, pontificate on representation, or dig the dirt on what went on behind the scenes. Find out what was left on the cutting room floor – and on the casting couch.

This is fun, improvised theatre, that both interrogates and celebrates the pretences of performance, and pokes fun at the notion of celebrity.

Come see why this sharply witty performance from exciting young Sydney company Team Mess has already toured to Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane Powerhouse’s World Theatre Festival.

See all the trailers for This Is It

Sydney Film Festival Hub
12 June, one show only


“A celebration of the boundlessness of imagination, a clever swipe at our celeb fixation.” (Courier Mail)

“A cheeky show that delights in playing with art and artifice.” (Real Time)

“Fearless, funny and clever interpreters of our contemporary culture.” (Chris Mead, Playwriting Australia)

Creative Team

TEAM MESS:  Malcolm Whittaker, Frank Mainoo, Natalie Randall, Dara Gill & Sime Knezevic

Production Notes

This Is It takes the form of a premiere press conference for a new movie of the same name. The three “stars” of the film are introduced by an MC, played by a local media or film identity.  Video trailers for the imaginary film are played.  The MC questions the performers, before throwing the questioning open to the audience, on the premise that they are the invited journalists.

Venue: Minimum stage size approximately 8m wide x 6m deep x 4m high. Any style & size works. Need not be theatre, in fact corporate or event space look preferred. Bump In & technical rehearsal: six hours. Bump out: one hour.


This Is It was developed with the support of Performance Space, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Belvoir St. Theatre, the Creative Practice and Research Unit in the School of English, Media and Performing Arts, UNSW, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.