Production begins on Ben Elton film in WA
Cameras are rolling in Western Australia as production begins on the latest film by Blackadder writer Ben Elton.
Three Summers, a festival-themed romantic comedy by the internationally renowned British director and comedian, stars Irish actor Robert Sheehan (Misfits) and a plethora of homegrown talent.
Elton, who lives in Fremantle, has recruited actress Rebecca Breeds (Home and Away) for his first Australian feature film while screen veterans John Waters, Magda Szubanski and Michael Caton join the cast.
The film, a self-described "spirited take on the annual festival goers" who flock to a regional music festival across three years, also features Deborah Mailman, Caroline Brazier, Kelton Pell, Peter Rowsthorn, Adriane Daff and Sam Longley among its line-up.
Elton has 15 best-selling novels under his belt, wrote and directed the award-winning Queen musical We Will Rock You and made his feature film debut in 2000 with Maybe Baby, starring Hugh Laurie.
He says his latest venture, produced by Michael Wrenn and Sue Taylor, fulfils a desire to make a film set in an "iconic Australian landscape that speaks to audiences around the world".
"Festivals are the great levellers. We're all equal in the queue for the Portaloos and no one looks cool dancing in a swamp," Elton said in a statement.
"Stories collide, cultures clash and romance blossoms beneath the glorious Australian sun. Then it rains.
"To see Three Summers come to life and go into production and to have such an extremely talented ensemble cast attached really is a dream come true".
It is the first feature film to be shot entirely in the west coast region of Peel, south of Perth.
Elton and his wife, Australian saxaphonist Sophie Gare, moved to WA with their three children in 2009.