The Wedding Party re-cut, signs with Arclight, picks up awards

The Wedding Party producer, Nicole Minchin, says a re-cut version of the film has received a positive response from potential buyers at the Cannes International Film Festival.

The film, which had its premiere at last year’s Melbourne International Film Festival, is now running about 20 minutes shorter than the original version after advice from editor Jill Bilcock.

The Wedding Party director, Amanda Jane, said Bilcock’s expertise and advice added much to the film. “It is the same film, it just has a dynamic new pace,” she said in a statement.

Minchin said the team is excited to be working with Arclight and "are thrilled with the response to the Cannes screening”.

The film stars Josh Lawson as Steve Thompson, who, in a bid to save himself from financial ruin, agrees to marry Ana (Isabel Lucas), a Russian woman seeking residency in exchange for a huge sum of cash.

The film has also picked up several recent awards including Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Ensemble at the 2011 Los Angeles Comedy Festival. It also won Best Film at the 2011 Los Angeles Movie Awards and Best Actor (Josh Lawson), Best Screenplay and Best Production Design.

The Wedding Party will also be screening at the 2011 Waterfront Film Festival in Michigan in June and at the 2011 Manhattan Film Festival in New York in July ahead of an Australian release.