If you enjoyed Fisherman’s Friends…. this is a new film for you!! Palm Beach is a breezy multi-generational ensemble dramedy about reconnecting friends, awash with enticing old frictions, secrets, lies, loves and regrets, and an all star Australian cast.
A group of lifelong friends reunite 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.
It Frank’s birthday and the retired music industry manager has invited old friends to his beautiful house overlooking the sea. Prime among these are Billy and Leo – the two surviving members of the band that launched Frank’s career -, though they only ever had one hit. Along with their wives and grown kids they settle in for the weekend during which they’ll reminisce, bring up old grievances, and all deal with the realities of growing older.
There are some great acting talents here though none really have to pull too hard on their skills as the story pootles along fairly amicably. A couple of plot elements including a question of parentage and a mysterious unwillingness for a daughter to commit to her new boyfriend never really generate as much drama as they should, but there are some chuckles along the way. The acting chops probably belong to Jacqueline McKenzie, Greta Scacchi and Heather Mitchell as the three women who are putting up with the principle three idiots.
Australia 2020, 96 min, rated M (offensive language)
Directed by Rachel Ward
Starring Bryan Brown, Greta Scacchi, Richard E. Grant, Sam Neill, Jacqueline McKenzie, Heather Mitchell & Matilda Brown