MOVIE STARS IN PALM BEACH
A new feature film set in Pittwater and starring movie greats like Bryan Brown and Sam Neill will begin shooting in a few days.
Palm Beach, written by Rachel Ward and Joanna Murray-Smith,, and directed by Rachel Ward, will film at Palm Beach and surrounds until early July.
The film stars Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi and Jacqueline McKenzie, as well as Swazi-English actor Richard E Grant - Gosford Park, Logan, Withnail & I. The film’s leads will be joined by a stellar ensemble cast including Logie winner Claire van der Boom - The Square, The Pacific, Masters Of Sex, AACTA Award and Logie winner Aaron Jeffery - X-Men Origins: Wolverine, McLeod’s Daughters, Underbelly, AACTA Award nominee Heather Mitchell - The Great Gatsby, A Place To Call Home and Griff The Invisible, AACTA Award nominee Matilda Brown - Let’s Talk About, Lessons From The Grave, Am I Okay, and newcomers Frances Berry and Charlie Vickers.
This drama-comedy is about a group of lifelong friends reuniting to celebrate a special birthday, with Palm Beach providing a stunning backdrop for the drama. The good times roll with loads of laughter, lavish meals, flowing wine and fantastic music, but slowly tensions mount and deep secrets emerge.
Director Rachel Ward says, “Palm Beach is filled with colourful characters and a plot that explores the complexities between different generations and life-long friends. I’m excited to get started with a cast of many old friends and husbands.'
Producers are Bryan Brown for New Town Films, and Deb Balderstone for Soapbox Industries. Palm Beach received principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with Create NSW, and was financed with support from Destination NSW and Spectrum Films. Entertainment One (eOne) will distribute the film in Australia and New Zealand, with its boutique sales outfit Seville International handling worldwide sales.