Entertainment One, Seville International and Screen Australia in association with Create NSW have announced that Bryan Brown (Breaker Morant, Dirty Deeds) Sam Neil (Jurassic Park), Greta Scacchi (The Entertainer) and Jaqueline McKenzie (The 4400) will star in the upcoming film Palm Beach.
The film will be written by acclaimed playwright Joanna Murray-Smith (Honour, The Female of the Species) and be directed by the celebrated Australian filmmaker, writer and actress Rachel Ward, who has brought us films like Beautiful Kate.
Palm Beach is a dramedy revolving around a group of lifelong friends who reunite to celebrate a special birthday at Sydney’s iconic Palm Beach. But as the good times roll with good laughs, good food and even better wine and music, the tensions slowly builds and deep secrets are unveiled.
With the beautiful Palm Beach in Sydney serving as the setting for the film, NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall commented on the production, saying the film will showcase Sydney’s northern beaches to viewers all around the world. “Film is a powerful medium to showcase destinations, with a location so often becoming a central character in itself in many screen stories. We’re delighted to be supporting this new Australian comedy which will showcase Sydney’s picturesque Palm Beach and surrounding Pittwater region to a worldwide audience,” Mr Marshall said.
Speaking from Sydney, producers Bryan Brown for New Town Films and Deb Balderstone for Soapbox Industries enthused: “We are delighted to be embarking on this journey together with our partners. Everybody’s vision is absolutely aligned and with Joanna’s exceptional script in the incredibly capable hands of Rachel, the alluring world of Palm Beach is hopefully set to become a future classic.”
Principal production investment for the film is coming from Screen Australia, in association with Create NSW and Spectrum Films and with support from Destination NSW. eOne will distribute the film in Australia and New Zealand, with its boutique sales outfit Seville International handling worldwide sales.
Palm Beach will shoot at various locations in Sydney later this year. A release date has not been announced.