Australasian Cinema > films > Palm Beach. Note that there is another film with the identical title, directed by Albie Thoms (1980). Bryan Brown is in both.

Palm Beach

palm beach 2Palm Beach (Rachel Ward, 2019) prod. Bryan Brown, Deb Balderstone, wr. Joanna Murray-Smith, Rachel Ward; Richard E. Grant, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi, Jacqueline McKenzie, Claire van der Boom, Aaron Jeffrey, Heather Mitchell, Matilda Brown, Frances Berry, Charlie Vickers; dramedy; released 8 August

Lifelong friends reunite for a party at Sydney's Palm Beach.

Luke Buckmaster's review is headed: 'Unsatisfying bubble of privilege and water views'
'Rachel Ward’s latest film, which opened the Sydney film festival, groans with affluence but lacks in urgency'

After a lax first half, Palm Beach slowly settles into a groove, growing in complexity and nuance. However, Ward’s laidback approach is not remotely cinematic (this feels more like a filmed play), and never is there a sense of urgency or stakes. I kept waiting for that moment around the dinner table when a character would air a long-held grievance or deliver some kind of whopping big revelation, turning heads and dropping jaws. There are hurt feelings and expressions of pent-up emotions, but the climax never arrived. Luke Buckmaster, Guardian.


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