After Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, we didn’t hear a huge amount from director Stephan Elliot, partly because he nearly died in a skiing accident. However he returned a couple of years ago with the British period comedy, Easy Virtue. Now he’s helmed a full-on Anglo-Australian production with A Few Best Man. When David (Xavier Samuel) journeys to Australia to marry the love of his life, Mia, he invites his three best mates – Graham (Kevin Bishop), Luke (Tim Draxl) and Tom (Kris Marshall) – to travel with him. Having barely met his bride-to-be, they aren’t too impressed at the thought of losing their best friend to married life on the other side of the world but resolve to give him a send-off to remember. After a final carnage-filled stag night the big day arrives and the trio of ill-prepared best men end up giving a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘for better or worse’ as a chaos-filled wedding, complete with a deranged drug dealer, a cross-dressed sheep, a coked-up mother-in-law (Olivia Newton John) and possibly the most disastrous speech of all time, threaten to derail the marriage before it’s even begun! The movie hits UK cinemas August 31st.
Last week the organisation Australian Marriage Equality announced that Hugh Jackman had signed up to its pro-gay-marriage declaration, and promised they’d be announcing more celebrity support this week.
Well, they’ve done just that, with Grease star Olivia Newton-John pledging her support and saying, “With respect to marriage equality I believe that no one has the right to judge and deny couples who love each other the ability to make a marriage commitment. Love is love.”
The news comes ahead of a sold out dinner this Wednesday in support of gay marriage, hosted by director Stephan Elliot (Priscilla Queen Of The Desert).
Alex Greenwich, Australian Marriage Equality’s National Convener said, “Australians admire celebrities like Olivia Newton-John and Hugh Jackman because they reflect our values of tolerance and a fair go for all, values which they are reminding us apply just as much to same-sex couples as to other Australians.”
A fresh attempt to push marriage equality into law in Australia is expected to be made later this year, with the hope being that the support of celebrity will help build momentum.