FilmFest Australia has arrived! We’ve given an overview of this year’s festival and already taken a closer look at opening film Not Suitable for Children, so here’s our 5 Reasons to stick around for its opening night companion, bawdy Brits-down-under wedding comedy, A Few Best Men…
1) Director Stephan Elliott
Best known as writer-director of the global phenomenon that was The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Elliott followed it up with 1997 outsider comedy Welcome to Woop Woop. After a decade or so plying his trade overseas, Elliott returned home to make A Few Best Men. Teaming up with British comedy writer Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral), the pair mine their respective national identities for plenty of subtle (and not so subtle) gags about all the things that make Australia and Britain ‘same same but different’.
A Few Best Men opens with David (Xavier Samuel – an Aussie playing a Brit, naturally) falling head over heels for an Aussie girl Mia (Laura Brent) in a Pacific island paradise. Returning to a very soggy London, David tells his three best mates about their impending wedding and the quartet fly out to the wide brown land where they embark on an evening of farcical debauchery that threatens to ruin David and Mia’s big day.
2) ON-J, OMG!
Arriving at Mia’s family home the boys meet matriarch Barbara – played by Olivia Newton-John – prim and proper wife to Mia’s father (Jonathan Biggins), a prominent conservative politician. But if you thought ON-J’s transformation from innocent girl-next-door to chain-smoking leather-clad widgie in Grease was big, just wait ’til you get a load of this! She might have covered the scenery in bite marks, but ON-J seems to delight in hamming it up as she breaks free of a life time of repression and lets her inhibitions loose in a whirlwind of illicit substances and innuendo! As I said, ON-J OMG!!
3) Rebel Yell!
It’s official, Aussie comedienne Rebel Wilson is the most interesting woman in Hollywood! She might only have a supporting role in A Few Best Men, playing the unaffected lesbian (or not?) sister of Mia, but she threatens to steal the entire film, just as she did with her breakout role as Matt Lucas’ weird sister/girlfriend in Bridesmaids.
After plying her trade for years in Aussie TV comedies Pizza, The Wedge and Bogan Pride, that role in Bridesmaids brought her a whole new world of fans and the attentions of Hollywood. As a result, the next year or so is gonna be huuuuuuge for Wilson, returning to wedding comedy territory as the bride to a trio of bitchy bridesmaids (Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan and fellow Aussie Isla Fisher) in Bachelorette and taking on the all-singing, all-dancing role of Fat Amy in post-Glee music comedy, Pitch Perfect.
Meet Ramsay, Senator Ramme’s (geddit!) woolly political mascot! And prepare yourself for more than a bale full of sheep jokes! In fact, if Rebel Wilson fails in her quest to steal the picture, it’s only because Ramsay beats her to it! Ever wanted to see a sheep in bra and panties? Me either, but you’d be surprised just how funny it can be!
5) Last chance to see!
This film disappeared from UK cinema screens pretty soon after it was released a few weeks back, and FilmFest Australia are giving you a chance to catch two films you might have missed at the cinema this year (the other being The Hunter). And A Few Best Men is definitely a film best seen with a big audience that are up for a laugh, so don’t wait for the DVD – check it out on the big screen at FFA!
A Few Best Men is the late film on the opening night of FilmFest Australia 2012,
playing at 9:15pm on Friday September 14 at the Clapham Picturehouse.
Tickets are available via the FilmFest Australia website.
For more details, check out our festival overview.