By Will Tentindo

The Aussie comedy Three Summers will have its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival’s Centrepiece Gala, the festival announced today.

The Centrepiece Gala is a celebration of local filmmaking as well as the festival’s halfway point. Ticket holders can attend an exclusive after-party at the Atrium, Federation Square.

Three Summers is, as the name suggests, set over the course of three summers at a Western Australian folk music festival focusing on young musicians played by Robert Sheehan (UK’s Misfits) and Rebecca Breeds (Home and Away, Molly). The film, with an ensemble cast featuring Michael Caton, Magda Szubanski, Deborah Mailman, Jacqueline McKenzie and John Waters, also tackles some of Australia’s social and political issues.

“We are delighted that MIFF is presenting the world premiere of Three Summers,” said MIFF artistic director, Michelle Carey. “With a big heart and soul that is sure to bring some sunshine to our winter festival, Three Summers is the perfect Centrepiece Gala film. The film radiates wit and social observation and has a terrific cast. We congratulate Ben Elton and the entire team and look forward to welcoming them to The Comedy Theatre this August.”

“It’s a great thrill and also a great honour to have Three Summers selected as this year’s MIFF Centrepiece Gala Presentation. I cannot think of a better start for our movie than to be centre stage at this famous festival, which is such a true champion of Australian filmmaking. It’s also very exciting the film will be screened in such a beautiful and aptly named theatre before an audience of 1000 people. What could be better for a comedy!”

As part of the celebration, Ben Elton and the Three Summers cast will speak with The Thick of It director Natalie Bailer at Three Summers: In Conversation on 13 August.

Three Summers is one of multiple world premieres screening at the MIFF this year, including The Butterfly Tree, Rabbit, Have You Seen the Listers?, The Song Keepers, Westwind: Djalu’s Legacy, and Jungle, the Opening Night Gala film directed by Greg McLean and starring Daniel Radcliffe.

MIFF is on between August 3 – 20, 2017.


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