Wayne Blair’s new film Top End Wedding will have its world premiere at Sundance


In the last six years director Wayne Blair’s career has gone from strength to strength.

The filmmaker became known to many after directing the 2012 historical comedy-drama The Sapphires, starring Chris O’Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy and Shari Sebbens.

Since then he has worked on popular and well-respected TV shows including Redfern Now, The Gods of Wheat Street, Offspring and the Indigenous superhero series Cleverman.

Entertainment One (eOne) have announced that Blair’s next feature film, Top End Wedding, will have its World Premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

It has been programmed in the festival’s highly sought after ‘Premieres’ section, which showcases world premieres of films from across the world.

Wayne Blair said: “To have Top End Wedding receive this recognition from Sundance is special and humbling. We are thrilled to be unveiling our film at Park City, and excited not only by the possibilities this experience may bring, but also to be able to showcase Top End Wedding to an international audience and share with them a story we are all proud of.”

According to the official synopsis, Top End Wedding “tells the story of successful Sydney lawyer Lauren, played by Miranda Tapsell and her fiancée Ned, played by British actor Gwilym Lee.”

They have “just ten days to find Lauren’s mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the Northern Territory, reunite her parents, and pull off their dream Top End wedding. As the couple travel through Australia’s Top End including; Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu and the Tiwi Islands, they find fulfilment for their own personal journeys through both the wild beauty of the Northern Territory landscapes, and the unbeatable charm of the characters they meet along the way.”

The Sundance Film Festival runs from January 24 to February 3. Entertainment One will release Top End Wedding in Australian cinemas in 2019.