EL­TON KEEPS IT REAL

Mandurah Coastal Times - - REVUE ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

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.

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