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.”
A new email arrived today from Ari Gold’s mailing list for Sway Lake with some excellent news! (Go here to sign up if you havent already) There are two screenings at the 2017 Norwegian International Film Festival on August 20 & 21 in Norway. Very short notice indeed, however, if you’re lucky to be near the festival, go grab yourself a ticket right now! The film has been getting great reviews! filmfestivalen.no (direct link)
Also a quick reminder about the other screening at The Sidewalk Film Festival in Alabama on August 27. Head over to sidewalkfest.com (direct link) for tickets.
In the wake of his father’s suicide, young record collector Ollie Sway returns to the family lake house with his rambunctious friend Nikolai in tow to lay claim to an invaluable jazz recording. An unexpected visit from Ollie’s estranged grandmother and a chance encounter with a girl from across the lake derail their search, forcing them to confront the Sway family history and a suffering that has resounded through generations.
My sister and I flew in for the Melbourne International Film Festival’s world premiere of Three Summers on the weekend! We had a great time! (I’ll keep this spoiler free, short & simple.) We thought the film was funny, and probably the most Aussiest thing I have seen in a long time, although, I hadn’t heard of the theremin before reading about it on the project reveal last year. Rob’s performance as Roland was on peak (as always!) and thought he had some of the best parts in the film! Well done, Ben Elton. *claps*
We then headed to the afterparty, we grabbed some drinks and mingled around The Atrium in Federation Square until we spotted the amazing shiny pants. We eventually approached him to introduce ourselves when we could, I reached out for a hug and was a bit nervous (and a little tipsy) so my sister did most of the talking and briefly explained that I was from his original fansite, he asked me about it and told me he knew who I was and thanked me. He told us that he couldn’t play the theremin very well because it was very hard. There was definitely a horse and carriage joke in the conversation too, *laughs*. He was so lovely as people always say! And even more beautiful in person… if that’s even possible? To be quite honest, it still doesn’t feel real. Can I remain 30 forever now? haha. ^.^
The film will be releasing in Australian cinemas from November 2! Click here to follow the official Three Summers Facebook page! (:
The Melbourne International Film Festival have updated their website with a lot of photos from the red carpet, afterparty and the Q&A (In Conversation) for Three Summers. I have sifted through them all and added the ones of Rob to the gallery (with sources). There are some great shots! There is also some theremin action… Be sure to check them out!
Updated Gallery Links:
AUS: “Three Summers” World Premiere Red Carpet – MIFF [12 Aug] HQ
AUS: “Three Summers” World Premiere Afterparty – MIFF [12 Aug]
AUS: “Three Summers” In Conversation – MIFF [13 Aug]
“Three Summers” (2017) Promotional Stills [HQ]