11 Jul 2018 | BY Shelley Lee - @ShelleyLee_
It’s not something you see everyday, but will hopefully become increasingly common – gender parity, or in this case majority female driven movie making on the set of upcoming Australian feature Palm Beach.
English-Swazi actor Richard E. Grant tweeting in celebration of the female-dominated crew as the flick wrapped filming in Sydney on Friday.
Australian movie making history in the moment. 51% of the crew and cast are women on PALM BEACH. Under the all seeing direction of the fabulous Rachel Ward and her producer @Deb Balderstone Honoured and thrilled to be a part of it. ??????????? pic.twitter.com/VnIQlp8Vj2
— Richard E. Grant (@RichardEGrant) July 6, 2018
Acclaimed director and Golden Globe nominee Rachel Ward (Beautiful Kate) has assembled not just a stellar cast, but a fabulous team of women behind the camera to make her movie.
Starring top tier Australian talent Bryan Brown (Breaker Morant, Two Hands and Dirty Deeds) , Jacqueline McKenzie (The 4400, Romper Stomper, Angel Baby and The Water Diviner), Sam Neill (The Piano, Jurassic Park, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople) and Greta Scacchi (Looking for Alibrandi , Rasputin ) as well as Grant (Gosford Park, Game of Thrones), the project has swung into post-production this week.
Penned by award-winning playwright, novelist and screenwriter Joanna Murray-Smith the drama/comedy set is in the Sydney suburb of Palm Beach (best known as the home of Home and Away). The story follows lifelong group of mates reuniting for a decadent weekend-long birthday bash. Amid the wonderful wine, lavish meals and terrific tunes, tensions and secrets start bubbling to the surface.
Deb Balderstone (Dirty Deeds) is producing the offering along with Brown, the pair saying “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.”
Brown (Ward’s real-life partner) already has an offering with the same name under his belt, after appearing in Albie Thoms’ 1980 film also featuring surfer Nat Young.
Palm Beach will be distributed in Australia by eOne.