Ben Elton Nowra visit for Three Summers release

Ben Elton will be in Nowra presenting a Q&A preview of his new film, Three Summers, on Wednesday, October 18 at the Roxy Cinema.

Elton is a multi award winning novelist, playwright, television writer, screen writer and lyricist. 

He was a part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s and became a writer on series such as The Young Ones and Blackadder, as well as continuing as a stand-up comedian on stage and television.

His style in the 1980s was left-wing political satire.

Since then he has published 15 novels and written the musicals We Will Rock You (2002) and Love Never Dies (2010), the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera.

His novels cover the dystopian, satire, and crime genres.

His new movie, Three Summers, is based on, and filmed at, the Fairbridge folk music festival in Pinjarra, WA.

A long-time Fairbridge attendee, Elton said the idea for a film came about after he told friend, actress Emma Thompson, about the festival faithful.

The resultant film followed fictional festival-goers over three years, as they debated and discussed issues such as immigration and Aboriginal reconciliation.

Elton calls the film "a multi-story, quirky comedy" centring on a love story between two young musicians, played by former Home and Away actress Rebecca Breeds and Robert Sheehan, an Irish actor best known for the TV series Misfits.

The cast also includes Magda Szubanski​ as the festival announcer, Deborah Mailman, Jacqueline McKenzie and John Waters.

Around the love story, Elton is tackling such subjects as racism and immigration in Australia with the characters including a forced child migrant from Britain (Caton), a young Aboriginal dancer (Joseph Pedley) and a fostered Afghan refugee (Amay Jain).

Elton moved to Perth, Western Australia after meeting his wife, Sophia Gare, on a trip to Melbourne in 1986 and has long held a deep love of the country.

He is no stranger to the Shoalhaven area and is a great fan of Jervis Bay. 

Ben Elton said Three Summers was a film about what it was to be Australian.

"Three Summers" will open nationally in November, after a premiere at the Melbourne International film festival.

Tickets available now from the cinema.

Read more about the making of the film here