ELTON KEEPS IT REAL
COMEDIAN Ben Elton set himself up for a huge challenge when he wrote a comedy film set at a rural music festival over three years.
Not only were the logistics of filming in a remote WA location and negotiating in-demand actors with tight schedules difficult to tackle, but Three Summers was up against Hollywood blockbusters when it was released last week.
Three Summers follows a group of disparate characters whose paths cross when they attend an annual folk music festival each year for three years.
Elton, back in Perth after a four-week Australia-wide promotion tour, filmed the movie in the Peel region and said he wanted to make a film about ordinary people as opposed to superheroes.
“People are embracing it and saying ‘it’s real, it’s nice to see some ordinary stories,” he said.
“From The Castle through Muriel’s Wedding, there’s a tra- dition of that sort of storytelling in Australia because it’s all we can afford, so we have to rely on our actors and our stories and environments.
“We don’t have the budget to go to Mars or chase a car off a cliff.”
But making a low-key film still had its challenges.
“(It was) a logistical nightmare,
d475507 genuinely hellish,” he said.
“We had a very small budget, we were a very long away from a number of our lead players’ home, trying to assemble everyone in Pinjarra; hard work to do.”
Elton said his first assistant director John Fairhead saved the day each time.
Ben Elton wants movies about “ordinary people”.
LOCAL entertainment legend Eddie Storm (right of picture), Paul Ewing from Mandurah and Kate Hindle from Collie kicked off Seniors Week at Bunbury Sports Stadium with a range of songs covering country, a touch of opera and a tribute to the late Fats Domino. Storm and Ewing have been invited back for the Seniors concert at Bunbury’s Italian Club in March.