After a lengthy absence from the film industry Priscilla Queen of the Desert director Stephan Elliott returned with A Few Best Men, a raunchy comedy that despite dividing critics made a killing at the Australian box-office.
Written by Death at a Funeral scribe Dean Craig, the film takes us into the wedding from hell with lovelorn Brit David (Xavier Samuel) travelling to the vast regions of bushland New South Wales to marry his affluent bride to be Mia (Laura Brent).
With A Few Best Men out now on DVD/Blu-ray through Icon Films, Stephan Elliott talks to Matt’s Movie Reviews about his favourite wedding movie.
A wedding movie that I can say which is a good one, and I think is one of the finest films ever made is Muriel’s Wedding.
P.J. Hogan (director) and I were both in Cannes that year. I was in competition and P.J. was in competition, and Muriel’s and Priscilla (Queen of the Desert) went head to head. There was a really weird moment when Bill Hunter rang me because he left Priscilla to go and do Muriel’s, and he rang me about 5 months in and said: “Steph... P.J. is doing ABBA”…and I was furious! Absolutely livid.
I thought: “Oh my God! He beat me. He beat me to ABBA”. Because at that point I thought ABBA was gonna go off and I was right! Because I knew ABBA was about to have their resurgence.
I went to Cannes. I met with Jason Donovan, who was going to be in Priscilla and pulled out at the last moment, and Hugo (Weaving) took his role. Jason and I saw Muriel’s in Cannes and I walked away and said: “That is actually one of the greatest movies ever made.”