A YEAR ago Mark Grentell was waiting nervously at the crease hoping his big risk Backyard Ashes would hit the country for six.
The cricketing comedy has made a century in more ways than one - with the film's ongoing success putting Wagga on the map.Over the past 12 months the film has had a staggered release, shown in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
Its three month long release at Forum 6 heralded it as one of the most popular films in the city.
"We were very proud and very excited, we knew we had a very funny film," Mark Grentell said reflecting on his emotions in the lead up to the 2013 release.
"It broke a couple of records (in Wagga)," he said.
Saturday night marked another milestone for the humble, quintessentially Australian film - a television release.
"It was on Foxtel, which was pretty exciting," Mr Grentell.
The screening was Australia-wide, meaning tens of thousands of Australians were exposed to the movie.
The film cost $285,000 to produce, "plus a little bit extra in post production", Mr Grentell said.
"We're in profit and we've paid back the debts," he said.
Mr Grentell and Wagga writer Peter Cox have "a couple of other films" on the go.
The most advanced is a film adaptation of Damian Callinan's stage show The Merger.
If all goes to plan, Mr Grentell hopes filming will start in Wagga in the near future.
"I shot the whole of Backyard Ashes in my nan's backyard, which was amazing," he said.
In the future he hopes to negotiate a commercial television deal, to ensure Backyard Ashes keeps living on.
The film is currently on Foxtel.