Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi and Jacqueline McKenzie will star in Palm Beach, a new feature film from actor turned director Rachel Ward, working from a script by award-winning writerJoanna Murray-Smith. Production is due to kick off in Sydney later this year.
Ward’s second theatrical feature following 2009’s Beautiful Kate, Palm Beach is “…a drama/comedy about a group of lifelong friends reuniting to celebrate a special birthday, with Sydney’s iconic Palm Beach providing a stunning backdrop for the unfolding drama. The good times roll, with loads of laughter, lavish meals, flowing wine and fantastic music, but slowly tensions mount and deep secrets arise.”
The film is produced by Bryan Brown for New Town Films and Deb Balderstone for Soapbox Industries, while eOne will handle distribution.
“Palm Beach is a wonderful ensemble piece filled with rich and vibrant characters,” said Sandie Don, eOne’s Managing Director – Australia and New Zealand. “A sharply observed portrait of different generations whose reunion is both humorous and poignant. The combination of this exceptional filmmaking team, a famed Sydney setting and a story rife with drama and heart makes for an exciting film that will no doubt connect with Australian audiences.”
Speaking from Sydney, producers Brown and Balderstone enthused, “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.”