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Three Summers (2017)

The new ensemble romantic comedy written and directed by Ben Elton.

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Ben Elton

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Sheehan ... Roland
Rebecca Breeds ... Keevey
Michael Caton ... Henry
Magda Szubanski ... Queenie
Kate Box ... Linda
John Waters ... Eamon
Deborah Mailman ... Pam
Caroline Brazier ... Olivia
Kelton Pell Kelton Pell ... Jack
Nichola Balestri ... Ruby
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Joseph Pedley Joseph Pedley ... Jesse
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Set over three summers at The Westival, a fictional West Australian rural folk festival redoubtable local radio personality 'Queenie' describes as "Australia in a tent". Two young musicians fall in love against a wider collection of tales dealing with a microcosm of contemporary discussion points, including Indigenous, immigration and refugee issues. Written by AnonymousB

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There's something funny about this festival.

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Australia

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English

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12 August 2017 (Australia) See more »

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Keevey: [of Roland] Pretentious twat!
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Three Summers
4 November 2017 | by Joyhouse99See all my reviews

Over three years, the same people attend a music festival Westival, staged in rural outback Western Australia and during this time relationships change and evolve. 

The main storyline concentrates on the love story between Keevy (Rebecca Breeds), a down to earth pub band fiddler, and theremin player Roland (Robert Sheehan), together they meet at the festival. Roland encourages Keevy to apply to a music conservatorium which causes great drama, especially with Keevy's father played by John Waters. There are great supporting characters in the film, such as Michael Caton, who plays a racist and Magda Szubanski who is the community radio announcer and Deborah Mailman who plays a therapist who runs the festival's Alcoholics Anonymous sessions. As a secondary storyline, the film concentrates on some aspects of contemporary Australian society such as the plight of refugees left in unlimited detention and the problems some Aboriginals experience in their communities. 

The film was beautifully shot, capturing the beautiful Aussie outback in rural Western Australia. It also ticked all the boxes which is a good step forward in terms of diversity, portraying Multicultural Australia in film. My only question is, "Did the filmmaker concentrate on ticking all the boxes more so than creating a more organic storyline?"  

Ben Elton says, "The idea for Three Summers came about during one of my family trips to the Fairbridge Folk Festival in WA. I was sitting in the bar tent doing some people watching, there's such a rich tapestry of humanity at these sorts of family music events and so much comedy. People from different walks of life suddenly living in a field together with only sheets of canvas and polyester between them. Everybody's equal in the queue for the portaloos!"

Three Summers' Aussie soundtrack includes tracks by Little Birdy, Dan Sultan, the John Butler Trio, Xavier Rudd, Gotye, Sarah Blasko , Dr. G. Yunupingu and many more.

The Run time 102 minutes

6.5/10


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