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Top End Wedding (2019)

TV-14 | | Comedy, Romance | 2 May 2019 (Australia)
Lauren and Ned are engaged, they are in love, and they have just ten days to find Lauren's mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the remote far north of Australia, reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding.

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Wayne Blair

Writers:

Miranda Tapsell (based on a concept by), Joshua Tyler (based on a concept by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooklyn Doomadgee Brooklyn Doomadgee ... Young Daffy
Helena Johnson Helena Johnson ... Young Eugenia
Dan Collins Dan Collins ... Solomon
Antonio Tipiloura Antonio Tipiloura ... Young Macarius
Miranda Tapsell ... Lauren Ford
Kerry Fox ... Hampton
Gwilym Lee ... Ned Pelton
Josh McConville ... Officer Kent
Julie Quick Julie Quick ... Mrs. Ruthers
Carmel Johnson ... Magistrate
Tracy Mann ... Annie
Matt Crook ... Robbie
Huw Higginson ... Trevor Ford
Ursula Yovich ... Daffy Ford
Shari Sebbens Shari Sebbens ... Ronelle
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Lauren and Ned are engaged, they are in love, and they have just ten days to find Lauren's mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the remote far north of Australia, reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding.

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When you're feeling lost, family will guide you home. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia and Minister for the Arts when this film was announced, said of this film: "I am pleased to welcome another quality film production to Adelaide Studios and South Australia. Our state-of-the-art facilities and world-class crews provide the perfect platform to deliver the creative vision of this project." See more »

Goofs

When Ned is about to board his flight to Adelaide, the announcer calls for Flight QF793 to Adelaide. Flight 793 goes to Perth not Adelaide. See more »

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Subtitle immediately before closing credits: "Nearly finished. Keep ya kurrawas on ya seats..." See more »

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Features Die Hard (1988) See more »

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Written by Daniel Cunningham, Fabian Kantilla, Greg Orsto, Jeffrey Thomas Simon
Performed by B2M
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Companion as Place
6 May 2019 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Why does this earn a special space in my heart? It is a romantic comedy after all, deliberately designed to be discarded. The genre is defined by the attractiveness of a superficial love; the easy way problems are resolved and the balance of designed soulmates restored.

This film follows the mandated pattern: love, some misunderstanding of clumsiness that separates the lovers, a public pronouncement of love with cheering bystanders, happy ending - often a wedding and dancing. You have to have some strong comedic, but identifiably human characters. This serves that pattern well.

But it also has a few important differences. The first is the in your face charm of the land. I am immigrating to Australia so this grabs me deeper than it will you, dear reader. But it will likely grab you too, because the rom-com device here is place-as-heart. That is usually impossible to convey cinematically: vistas are containers, situations within which you place the characters and their emotions. Even Takashi Miike's 'The Bird People in China' or the obverse film, Zhang Yimou's obverse 'Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles' can only use place as space, and then only to annotate, even when they use the mystery of place and people.

Here you have a device no other place has: the people and the place share an identity. I don't know how well this would be conveyed to someone who knows nothing of the Aborigines, but the movie completely captures the notion by bringing souls to a physical place in the context of life commitment. The driver of 'place' as an agent is largely implied, making it so much stronger.

But there's also a more intriguing notion of love than usual. As with the standard rom-com model, it is the man that is the lead and the woman that acquiesces or not. But here the guy has some novel metaphors. Here he is already committed beyond the happy closeness of an early relationship and he explains why: his life is a room half filled with boxes that mean ('contain') little and he wants the rest to be full of flowers and jewels. This is after the metaphor is set up by someone in the parallel romance. And it becomes a complaint in the big breakup scene.

But the metaphor is strange enough that it steps out of the rom-com genre far enough to register as human; love for someone coming as much from the pull of attraction (and this woman is attractive) as from the innate need for companionship.


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English | Aboriginal | French

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2 May 2019 (Australia) See more »

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