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28 September 1989 (Australia) See more »
Based solely on a tea leaf reading, superstitious and introspective Kay believes she and Louis are destined to fall in love with each other... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Geneviève Lemon ... Dawn 'Sweetie'
Karen Colston ... Kay
Tom Lycos ... Louis
Jon Darling ... Gordon
Dorothy Barry ... Flo
Michael Lake ... Bob
Andre Pataczek ... Clayton
Jean Hadgraft ... Mrs. Schneller
Paul Livingston ... Teddy Schneller
Louise Fox ... Cheryl
Ann Merchant ... Paula
Robyn Frank ... Ruth (as Robin Frank)
Bronwyn Morgan ... Sue
Sean Fennell ... Boy clerk
Sean Callinan ... Simboo
Norm Galton ... Notary
Warren Hensley ... Man handshaker
Regina Heilmann ... Girl
Charles Abbott ... Meditation teacher
Diana Armer ... Melony
Barbara Middleton ... Clayton's mom
Emma Jane Fowler ... Little Sweetie (as Emma Fowler)
Irene Curtis ... Mandy
Ken Porter ... Lead Jackaroo
John F. Hughes ... Lead Jackaroo
Alan Close ... Lead Jackaroo
Marc Colombani ... Lead Jackaroo
Geoff Shera ... Lead Jackaroo
Andrew Traucki ... Lead Jackaroo
Norman Phillips ... Nosey Neighbour
Shirley Sheppard ... Nosey Neighbour
Ben Cochrane ... Boy in Tree
Kristoffer Pershouse ... Boy in Tree

Larry Brand ... Sweetie's Funeral
Cedric McLaughlan ... Sweetie's Funeral
Doug Ramsey ... Sweetie's Funeral
Bruce Currie ... Man with a Saw
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Directed by
Jane Campion 
Writing credits
Gerard Lee (screenplay) and
Jane Campion (screenplay)

Jane Campion (original story idea)

Produced by
Billy MacKinnon .... co-producer (as William MacKinnon)
John Maynard .... producer
Original Music by
Martin Armiger 
Cinematography by
Sally Bongers 
Film Editing by
Veronika Jenet  (as Veronika Haeussler)
Casting by
Jane Campion 
Art Direction by
Peter Harris 
Costume Design by
Amanda Lovejoy 
Makeup Department
Wendy Freeman .... makeup artist
Howard Regner .... hair stylist
Production Management
Patricia L'Huede .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tina Andreef .... second assistant director
John Fretz .... assistant director
Sound Department
John Dennison .... foley recordist
John Dennison .... sound supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jane Castle .... camera operator
Jamie Egan .... gaffer
Regis Lansac .... still photographer
Felicity Surtees .... focus puller
Other crew
Lynn-Maree Danzey .... continuity
Billy MacKinnon .... script editor
Sam Thompson .... production coordinator

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This picture was one of fifty Australian films selected for preservation as part of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Kodak / Atlab Cinema Collection Restoration Project.See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
quirky psychoanalysis of two sisters, 6 August 1999
Author: peter-209 from Mississippi, USA

Quite a dark film that seems to lack the catharsis (or uplifting tones) of the later Campion's films. The film concentrates on psychological problems of Kay, strange, detached young women which, seemingly calm and shy, is able to shamelessly steal a just-engaged man from his fiancee. Kay's life with the boyfriend, however, turns out to be far from happy. What does she want? We do not know that until her younger sister Dawn, aka Sweetie, appears on the scene almost halfway through the film. Dawn has apparently been a spoiled baby in the family. The father even now speaks about her "talents", although he too must see that, in reality, she is a mentally handicapped person whose intellectual and emotional development has been arrested at the level of a 4-year old. Sometimes she is charming, sometimes threatening, but, most importantly, she is uninhibited and free (among other things, free to act on her whims). With the arrival of Dawn, Kay's great animosity towards her sister is immediately apparent. Instead of help and compassion of a "normal" older sister she only offers criticism and open hatred. Little by little we find what Kay wants: she wants to be Dawn. She wants to lose her repressions, she wants to be loved, admired and always forgiven, no matter what she does. Deep psychological analysis of abnormal relations between sisters reminds me of some Ingmar Bergman's works although "Sweetie" does not have the nordic broodiness.

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