Palm Beach is a drama-comedy about a group of lifelong friends reuniting to celebrate a special birthday, with Sydney’s 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 emerge.
Recently featured at the Sydney Film Festival, Rachel Ward directs this uplifting adventure, with a fantastic cast including Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Richard E. Grant, Greta Scacchi, Jacqueline McKenzie and Heather Mitchell.
Setting the scene
Long ago, Frank (Brown), Leo (Neill) and Billy (E. Grant) were once involved in one-hit-wonder band together. But that’s as far as the band went.
Years later, to mark his birthday, Frank (Brown) and Charlotte (Scacchi) decide to throw a three-day party at their luxurious house in Palm Beach, welcoming their closest friends. Their guests include Billy’s partner, beautiful actress Eva (Mitchell), Leo’s wife Bridget (McKenzie), who feels that her husband is increasingly distant and the hosts’ children Dan (Charlie Vickers) and Ella (Matilda Brown) and Ella’s new sheep farmer beau (Aaron Jeffrey).
The party starts well, with mouth-watering food and flowing champagne, but it doesn’t take long for new and old resentments to emerge and, more seriously, the threat of an old secret coming to light. With witty dialogue, a breathtaking location and great actors at the top of their game, Palm Beach is an exuberant and life-affirming celebration of friendship.
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