Palm Beach is a drama/comedy about a group of lifelong friends reuniting to celebrate a special birthday with Sydney’s iconic Palm Beach providing a stunning backdrop for the unfolding drama. The good times roll, with loads of laughter, lavish meals, flowing wine and fantastic music, but tensions slowly mount and deep secrets soon emerge.
Charlotte (Greta Scacchi) and Frank (Bryan Brown) can’t quite believe they’ve made it to over thirty years of married life. In their twenties they had dived into an affair that was so lustful and volatile they made every other possibility pale into insignificance. At thirty they married. The qualities that had made them passionate lovers, were the same qualities that made their marriage challenging.
Despite the anxieties, Frank and Charlotte are relentlessly, diligently conscious of the beauty and the grace and the ordinary pleasures of their life in Palm Beach. They have two fantastic children, their son Dan (Charlie Vickers) and daughter Ella (Matilda Brown). They decide to throw a three-day house party to celebrate Frank’s birthday – in their fabulous Palm Beach house – and they want their closest friends and family there, the people who have been on life’s roller coaster alongside them.
It’s a weekend of great, generous meals, boating trips, surfing like the old days, party-games, walks and talks. But over the course of the weekend, life’s realities begin to hit home, the fault-lines of friendship widen, the cracks deepen and seismic shifts take place.
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