Production begins today in Western Australia on the feature film Three Summers, the new ensemble romantic comedy written and directed by Ben Elton.
The first Australian feature film from the internationally renowned writer, director and comedian, Three Summers is a spirited take on the annual festival goers at a regional music festival over three consecutive years. Embracing the diversity of this typically Australian community as it gathers together in a music tent, the film fuses romance and music with Elton’s trademark wit and satirical edge.
Actor Robert Sheehan (Misfits, Red Riding Trilogy) is confirmed to star alongside Rebecca Breeds (TV’s Pretty Little Liars, Home and Away); they join a diverse Australian cast of some of the country’s most talented and beloved screen performers including John Waters (TV’s Offspring), Magda Szubanski (Happy Feet, Babe) and Michael Caton (Last Cab to Darwin, The Castle). Also confirmed are Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires), Caroline Brazier (Rogue, TV’s Rake), Kelton Pell (Last Ride, Red Dog: True Blue), Peter Rowsthorn (Paper Planes, Kath & Kimderella), Adrianne Daff, Sam Longley (Where the Wild Things Are), and Christiaan van Vuuren and Nick Boshier (TV’s Bondi Hipsters, Soulmates).
A multi-award winning creative talent, Ben Elton is a writer, director, comedian and actor whose work has been enjoyed by millions of people around the globe for more than thirty years. His screenwriting credits include the iconic television comedies The Young Ones, Blackadder and Mr Bean and his fifteen best selling novels include Stark, Popcorn and Dead Famous. Elton wrote and directed the Olivier Award winning, international smash hit Queen musical We Will Rock You that ran in London for twelve years, has been performed in 28 countries and is currently touring Australia. Elton is the writer and creator of the critically acclaimed 2016 comedy series Upstart Crow starring David Mitchell as a young William Shakespeare. Three Summers is his second feature film after Maybe Baby (2000). Starring Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson, Maybe Baby was written and directed by Elton and adapted from his novel Inconceivable.
Elton said of the film, “Festivals are the great levellers. We’re all equal in the queue for the Portaloos and no one looks cool dancing in a swamp. Stories collide, cultures clash and romance blossoms beneath the glorious Australian sun. Then it rains. Whoever said music was the food of love didn’t play the theremin.
“I have always wanted to make a film set in an iconic Australian landscape that speaks to audiences around the world. To see Three Summers come to life and go into production and to have such an extremely talented ensemble cast attached really is a dream come true”, he said.
Three Summers is produced by Michael Wrenn of Invisible Republic (Women He’s Undressed, The Rocket) and leading WA producer Sue Taylor of Taylor Media (Looking for Grace, The Tree). Executive Producer is Mark Anderson. DoP is Katie Milwright (Looking for Grace, TV’s Please Like Me).
Producer Michael Wrenn said, “We are delighted to be able to bring together such an amazing cast for Ben Elton’s first Australian feature Three Summers. It is a testament not only to his talent and script but also to the respect we all share for Ben’s political spirit, genuine sense of community and his comedic work.”
“The support from the heritage town of Pinjarra, Fairbridge Village and the Noongar people in the Peel region has been both amazing and humbling at the same time.” said Wrenn.
Gary Hamilton, Managing Director for Arclight Films, and an executive producer on the project, said “We’re thrilled to be on-board as the international sales agent for such a compelling and commercially viable feature film that is sure to resonate with audiences around the world. With such a remarkable cast, director, script and crew, Three Summers is bound to be a hit not just in Australia but all over the globe.”
Three Summers is the first feature film to be entirely shot in the scenic Peel Region of Western Australia.
Three Summers is an Invisible Republic / Taylor Media production, with principal investment from Screen Australia and ScreenWest.
International Sales are being handled by Arclight Films, with Transmission Films the Australian distributor.