Filming has begun in Western Australia on Three Summers, the first Aussie feature from British comedy icon Ben Elton.
Irish actor Robert Sheehan (Misfits, Killing Bono) and Rebecca Breeds (Pretty Little Liars, Home and Away) head the cast of the romantic comedy, which unfolds against the backdrop of a regional music festival over three consecutive years.
The talented ensemble also includes a veritable who’s who of Australian acting, including Michael Caton, John Waters, Magda Szubanski, Deborah Mailman, Caroline Brazier and Kelton Pel, plus Bondi Hipsters’ Christiaan van Vuuren and Nick Boshier.
A stand-up comedian, stage writer and novelist, Elton remains best known for his TV comedy classics The Young Ones and Blackadder. His most recent comedy series Upstart Crow, starring David Mitchell as a young William Shakespeare (pictured below), aired recently on BBC.
Elton says he has always wanted to make a film set in an iconic Australian landscape that would speak to audiences around the world. “Festivals are the great levellers,” he continues. “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.”
Three Summers is the first feature film to be entirely shot in the scenic Peel Region of Western Australia.