Sigrid Thornton is a fan. So is Natalie Bassingthwaighte. The women joined hundreds of guests at the Melbourne premiere of Absolutely Fabulous The Movie at Crown Village cinemas.
The film, with 60 cameo appearances ( including a doozy from Jerry Hall and a wonderful stint from Rebel Wilson) is based on the hugely successful television series starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley.
It was in 1990 when Saunders and her comedy partner Dawn French were writing scripts for the third series of their hit TV show, French and Saunders, that they came up with a sketch that eventually led to the creation of Ab Fab.
The big screen debut for Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone sees the pair still oozing glitz and glamour and clamoring to live the high life. They still love shopping, drinking and so on but things go pear-shaped when super model Kate Moss is accidentally pushed into the river Thames at a fancy launch party by Edina.
The crazy antics are back while persistently outrageous and silly behaviour ensues. And a ridiculous plan is hatched to escape the media frenzy and continue lapping up luxury forever more.
In Melbourne for the premiere, Saunders said, “When you’re Edina and Patsy, you can do anything. Being them is just a licence to be outrageous.”
She also revealed that occasionally she does slip into her Edina character for her children’s entertainment. “To make them laugh, you know, I’ll say I’m going to order a drink and just to make them laugh I’ll order it like Edina or fall over or something like that. Really, just to amuse my children.”
The film opens in cinemas across Australia this week
Watch the Melbourne premiere video here: