Top End Wedding
June 15, 2019
A young Australian couple returns to the Indigenous bride's Northern Territory hometown to find Mom missing; their hunt takes them through luscious landscapes and culture-clash humor in this adorable rom-com.
It's not the hero and heroine, but the bride and her mother, who need a happy ending in this rom-com set in Australia's Northern Territory (the "top end" of the title). Lauren (Miranda Tapsell) heads back to Darwin for the wedding she's always dreamed of, only to find that her mother (via a sticky note reading simply "I'm done") has run off. She and obliging fiance Ned (Gwilym Lee, whom you may recognize as Brian May in Bohemian Rhapsody) give chase, figuring Mum's returned to her ancestral home, the picturesque Tiwi Islands just off the coast, which Lauren has never seen. Complicating matters are Lauren's imperious boss and Ned's mother, whose attitudes toward Indigenous Australians Queen Victoria would find a touch unenlightened. Director Wayne Blair takes full advantage of the region's natural beauty, especially in a boat ride through the magnificent Katherine Gorge, and co-screenwriters Tapsell and Joshua Tyler provide a heartwarming get-back-to-your-roots finale, with the pairing-off and the "Strictly Priscilla"-style camp de-emphasized in favor of the mother/daughter reconciliation and Lauren's spiritual rejuvenation.
Wayne Blair is an acclaimed film, television, and theatre director, writer, actor, and producer. Wayne's debut feature film and musical comedy, The Sapphires, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and is the highest grossing Australian film of 2012, winning eleven AACTA Awards including Best Director and Best Film.
- Director: Wayne Blair (Batjala Mununjali Wakkawakka)
- Principal Cast: Miranda Tapsell, Gwilym Lee, Kerry Fox, Huw Higginson, Ursula Yovich, Shari Sebbens
- Country: Australia
- Year: 2019
- Running Time: 103 minutes
- Producer: Rosemary Blight, Kylie du Fresne, Kate Croser
- Screenplay: Joshua Tyler, Miranda Tapsell
- Cinematographers: Eric Murray Lui
- Editors: Chris Plummer
- Music: Antony Partos
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Septembers of Shiraz (2015); The Sapphires (2012)
- Language: English
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Films Boutique