Miranda Tapsell has lifted the veil on her double wedded bliss — after the world premiere of her new film Top End Wedding at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival yesterday and her December nuptials to James Colley.
The Northern Territory actor spoke of her pride at showcasing her home and heritage on the global stage with the indigenous rom-com, which she co-wrote and stars in alongside British rising star Gwilym Lee, most recently seen playing guitarist Brian May in the hit Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Top End Wedding, which opens in Australia on May 2, reunited Tapsell with director Wayne Blair and the team behind the homegrown 2012 hit The Sapphires and was filmed last year in locations around Australia including Adelaide, Darwin, Kakadu National Park, the Tiwi Islands and Katherine.
Tapsell has been working on the film for more than five years, long before she met her husband, writer James Colley, who she married in an intimate ceremony in Wollongong on December 28 and who accompanied her to Robert Redford’s long-running Utah festival, along with her parents.
“It was very special,” Tapsell said of her wedding day from Sundance, just hours after the red-carpet premiere. “My husband has come to the festival and has been looking after everyone and my parents have come too. I have been working on this project for five years now and I am so glad that they get to see the final product and that they get to see it being revered and celebrated at such a prestigious festival.”
“I wrote Top End Wedding before I met James. So it was just a coincidence — I didn’t think in a million years when I was writing it that I was going to get my own.”
Tapsell was worried that Americans might not get some of the Aussie humour and slang in the homegrown comedy, about a bride’s frantic search across the Top End for her missing mother as her big day approaches, but said she was overwhelmed by the response at the premiere.
“They just got it,” she said. “They were laughing, they were crying. It was really nice that they were so on board and they had just immersed themselves within the Territory.”
Tapsell also said it was a joy to reconnect with her co-star Lee after Bohemian Rhapsody’s $1.1 billion at the box office, and says its success hasn’t gone to his head.
“It was quite surreal to watch it and go ‘I know that dude’,” said Tapsell with a laugh.
“Especially a film of that scale. I am obviously friends with lots of actors and I am very proud of my friends but there was something really unique and special about seeing the film that Gwilym was on go so global.”