Ben Elton’s Three Summers will have its world premiere at MIFF

Although we’re a little disappointed the ScreenWest-backed production won’t have its first screening in its home state of Western Australia, we’re glad Melbourne audiences will be treated to what’s sure to be a quality film.

Shooting his first Australian film, internationally renowned writer, director and comedian Ben Elton delivers a big hearted, of-the-moment, multi-story comedy with a sterling ensemble cast featuring Michael Caton, Magda Szubanski, Deborah Mailman, Jacqueline McKenzie and John Waters.

The film is set over three summers at The Westival, a fictional West Australian rural folk festival redoubtable local radio personality ‘Queenie’ (Szubankski) describes as “Australia in a tent”. It stars Robert Sheehan (perhaps best known as the lovable, foul-mouthed Nathan from UK series Misfits) alongside Home and Away alumna Rebecca Breeds, playing young musicians falling in love against a wider collection of tales dealing frankly but humorously with a microcosm of contemporary discussion points, including Indigenous, immigration and refugee issues.

The multi-award-winning Elton brings his trademark satirical wit to the film, ensuring that it’s able to stir the pot around some of Australia’s social and political fault lines whilst remaining generous, tender and always entertaining. With a large ensemble cast that also includes Peter Rowsthorn and the Bondi Hipsters’ Christiaan van Vuuren and Nick Boshier, Three Summers is set to be the feel-good hit of winter this MIFF.

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  1. I was fortunate enough to be an extra in this wonderful, funny, brilliantly written film. Ben Elton is an absolute delight to work with. Mr super funny and talented is so down to earth, calm, patient, friendly. I had so much fun on set, pleasantly surprised, thought it would be scary etc, no siree it was great. So proud to be a part of this very clever unique film, this movie tells more than a story, “Three Summers”, connects many stories explaining all in such a splendid way. The whole story in many stories all connected, this film is pretty close to real life. Very excited for the release, unfortunately the premier is not here in WA, however the movie I believe, will be wonderful for Western Australia especially the Peel Region.

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