Palm Beach (2019 film)

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Palm Beach
Theatrical film poster
Directed byRachel Ward
Screenplay byJoanna Murray-Smith
Rachel Ward
Produced byDeborah Balderstone
Bryan Brown
StarringFrances Berry
Bryan Brown
Matilda Brown
CinematographyBonnie Elliott
Edited byNick Meyers
New Townfilms[1]
Soapbox Industries[1]
Distributed byUniversal Pictures[1]
Release dates
  • 5 June 2019 (2019-06-05) (Sydney Film Festival)
  • 8 August 2019 (2019-08-08)
Running time
100 minutes
Box office$3.2 million[2]

Palm Beach is a 2019 Australian comedy drama film directed by Rachel Ward, and starring Sam Neill and Bryan Brown, the latter of whom also co-produced the film.[3]


A reunion party is being held at Palm Beach in Sydney by a group of lifelong friends.



Box office[edit]

Palm Beach grossed $3.2 million internationally, $3 million of this in Australia.[5][2][6]

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 46%, based on 28 reviews, with an average rating of 5.1/10.[7]

Sandra Hall of The Sydney Morning Herald wrote, "Rachel Ward's Palm Beach is a seniors' edition of The Big Chill, transplanted to Sydney's northern beaches and populated with a cast of Australian favourites [...] A less likeable group of actors could easily have been upstaged by the conspicuous perfection of the setting and the décor. This bunch hold their own, but a sharper script would have made them shine even brighter."[8] Louise Keller of Urban Cinefile called the film "a good-hearted get-together of old friends and family when resentments flair, flailing relationships are revealed and secrets demand to be heard. But it aches for some grit."[citation needed]


The original soundtrack was released on 19 July 2019, by Universal Music Australia and peaked at number 37 on the ARIA Charts.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Palm Beach (35mm)". Australian Classification Board. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Palm Beach (2019) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Palm Beach (2019) - the Screen Guide - Screen Australia".
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Palm Beach: Film Review". 6 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Palm Beach (2019) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Palm Beach (2019)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Palm Beach (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  8. ^ Hall, Sandra (29 July 2019). "Glamorous location, glittering cast and a secret". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  9. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 19 August 2019. Retrieved 17 August 2019.

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