The official Melbourne International Film Festival Youtube account have just uploaded Three Summers – In Conversation with Robert Sheehan, Rebecca Breeds, cast and writer-director Ben Elton. Check it out below:
“Shooting his first Australian film, acclaimed comedian, writer and director Ben Elton, alongside cast from MIFF’s crowd-pleasing Centrepiece Gala Three Summers, speak with Natalie Bailey – the UK’s go-to comedy director (The Thick of It) – about this hilarious multi-story comedy set over three years at a fictional folk-music festival. Recorded on Sunday 13 August 2017 at The Wheeler Centre.”
A new slideshow has been shared on the Three Summers Facebook today. Press play below to see some photos of Robert Sheehan, cast and crew having a fun time on the set last year.
I have excerpted all the photos of Robert from the video in the best quality provided (720p) and added them to the gallery as well.
The official Facebook page for Three Summers have shared a whole bunch of photos of Robert Sheehan and others from the set! You may have seen the ones that I posted here back in September last year. Now we have 15, so go check them out!
The Bindjareb (Peel) Region is rich in culture. Before the start of the shoot of Three Summers, Aboriginal Elder and Cultural Advisor for the film Koodah Cornwall carried out a Fire Lighting Ceremony which the whole production team and actors (that were present) took part in. The ceremony symbolised lighting the fire within each one present and starting the journey together on this project. Ben Elton, at the MIFF International Premier of Three Summers, spoke about the significance of the event for him, how moving it was and that it set the scene for the rest of the shoot. After the Fire Lighting Ceremony Ben Elton, Rebecca Breeds and Robert Sheehan did the Chitty Chitty Dance as a sign of respect to an ancient culture and to all those present. The event finished with the Bindjareb Middar Dance Group performing for the team and then the ‘yokai’ shout of celebration and a call to action to start the shoot! Source: facebook.com/3summersfilm
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“Three Summers” (2017) On Set/Before Filming – 9 Sept 2016 [HQ]
With Three Summers coming home to Western Australia for CinefestOZ, FilmInk spoke with its two young leads, Robert Sheehan and Rebecca Breeds. The film is opening in CinefestOZ on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, and is up for the lucrative Film Prize.
Set across three years at a WA folk festival, Ben Elton’s Three Summers is equal parts romantic comedy, ensemble piece and political observations, for which the British born comedian and playwright is famous. It’s a film where Australia’s past and present clash against a backdrop of Irish jigs, digeridoos and Morris dancing. Set adrift in this sea of multiculturalism is Irishman Robert Sheehan (Love/Hate, Fortitude, The Mortal Instruments) and Aussie Rebecca Breeds (Pretty Little Liars) playing two star-crossed lovers. Well, potential lovers at least.
“We’ve sort of gone into a CGI world where people accept these highly, intensely colourful worlds as real,” Robert Sheehan laments whilst discussing a recent unnamed blockbuster he’s seen. “I sort of find them a headache. I yearn for the more character driven, more contained stories that I was raised on.”
With a cast that includes Magda Szubanski, Michael Caton, Kelton Pell and even the Bondi Hipsters, Three Summers may not be punching at the same weight as the summer blockbusters, but it’s one that’s packed full of character. As he talks about Ben Elton’s script, you can see Sheehan’s enthusiasm percolate.
He plays Roland, a Theremin player who, at first, feels he’s artistically above Rebecca Breeds’ fiddle playing Keevy.
“It just felt so honest,” he exclaims. “It’s always an exciting thing when you’re reading a script for the first time, and you find yourself running around your apartment, doing little circles, you know? Already performing it and not just reading it as an academic exercise. All of a sudden you find you’re firing on all cylinders, because it does something to you emotionally.”