Three Summers

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Three Summers
Three Summers poster.jpg
Directed by Ben Elton
Written byBen Elton
Produced byMichael Wrenn
Sue Taylor
Starring Robert Sheehan
Rebecca Breeds
CinematographyKatie Milwright
Edited byPeter Pritchard [1]
Production
companies
Invisible Republic
Taylor Media
Distributed byTransmission Films
Arclight Films
Release dates
  • 12 August 2017 (2017-08-12)(MIFF)
  • 2 November 2017 (2017-11-02)(Australia)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish

Three Summers is an Australian romantic comedy film, written and directed by Ben Elton. [2]

Contents

It was filmed and is set in Western Australia, at a fictional summer music festival called 'Westival' (based on the real-life Fairbridge Festival). [3] Over three consecutive years, two musicians (played by Rebecca Breeds and Robert Sheehan) meet and fall in love at the festival amidst a microcosm of Australian society. In addition to Breeds and Sheehan, the film has a large ensemble cast including Magda Szubanski, Michael Caton, Deborah Mailman, Jacqueline McKenzie and John Waters. [4]

The film had its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival on 12 August 2017, [5] and was released nationally in Australia on 2 November. [6]

Plot

The film's main plotline revolves around a blossoming romance between its two leads, pretentious theremin player Roland (Robert Sheehan) and down-to-earth pub band fiddler Keevy (Rebecca Breeds)

The film also has a subplot about a racist bigot (played by Michael Caton) meeting a refugee boy and a group of indigenous folk dancers and learns the error of his ways.

The film contains several running gags, revolving around feminist singer Diamond and her renditions of classic Australian songs and poems, two middle-aged couples who at first seem nice and clean but are actually swingers, a girl band trio vowing to stay together but then two of the three quit and a stern security guard who upholds the rules.

Cast

Production

Three Summers was filmed in the Peel region of Perth, Western Australia in 2016. [7]

Reception

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 54% of critics reviewed the film positively, with an average score of 4.6/10, based on 13 reviews. [8]

David Stratton of The Australian wrote, "The film is worth seeing for Waters, giving a spirited portrayal of a loving father set in his ways and unable to see that times are changing, and Breeds as his lively, talented, worldly wise daughter." [9]

Conversely, Sandra Hall of the Sydney Morning Herald argued, "It's a relentlessly well-meaning film and when it's not proselytising, it's working very hard to manufacture enough laughs to make the whole mix palatable. However, the effort shows." [10]

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References

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