I spent most of 2018 going on about how great Sweet Country was, and was looking at the roster for Australian films in 2019 and seeing a huge wealth of brilliant work coming up – The Nightingale, I Am Mother, Hotel Mumbai, Little Monsters, and, Top End Wedding. Seeing the rave reviews for Aussie films out of Sundance set my mind at ease that Jennifer Kent’s latest, Grant Sputore’s debut, and Abe Forsythe’s horror flick were going to be ok.
So, to give you an idea of how excited I am for Wayne Blair’s latest film, Top End Wedding, I have to tell you about a dream I had the other night. I went to sleep thinking about how great it is that Australian cinema is going to have another great year, then I thought about how exciting it was that Wayne Blair had a new film out. Then, I dreamt that the weekend Top End Wedding opened up, everyone went to go and see it. This wonderful celebration of love and family resonated with audiences, and the film skyrocketed up the charts, breaking Australian box office records.
Now, that was just a dream, but now that the trailer is here, I’m convinced that Top End Wedding is going to do gangbusters just like Wayne Blair’s AACTA award winning film, The Sapphires, which managed to grab a stunning $14 million at the Australian box office. I know that for 2019, this will be one of the major films that I can’t wait to get behind and encourage people to head along to see.
Featuring a lead performance from co-writer Miranda Tapsell, Top End Wedding has her character, Lauren, heading up to the Northern Territory for her dream wedding with Ned (Gwilym Lee), but before that can happen, they have to track down her mother who has gone AWOL. Rounding out the cast in supporting roles are Kerry Fox, Shari Sebbens, Huw Higginson, and Ursula Yovich.
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