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Gerard Lee (screenplay) and
Jane Campion (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
28 September 1989 (Australia) See more »
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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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5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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hilarious and unusual See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (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

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
 
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects
 
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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97 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) (TV)See more »
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Walking in the LightSee more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
hilarious and unusual, 29 March 1999
Author: Katy-13

This is one of the most hilarious movies I have ever seen that deals with such dark issues. It focuses on two sisters, Dawn a.k.a. " Sweetie" and Kay, who both (as we see it) struggle with their psychological health. Kay seems somewhat conscious of, but at the same time unwilling to express her psychological problems. This seems to manifest itself in her sexual problems with Louis. Dawn, on the other hand, seems completely oblivious to the fact that she has problems, and seems to live her life freely and spontaneously. We see the interaction between these characters as a struggle between stifling repression and an out-of-control, externally-destructive unleashing of feelings. The film seems to reconcile these aspects until we reach some sort of balance at the end.

While the film deals with these serious subjects, it is in no way (as far as I'm concerned) a depressing movie. It's filled with comedy, which has been called "black comedy", but in my view the comedy itself doesn't have any heavy, negative under tones. The actress who plays Sweetie is an established comedian and her comedic acting is hilarious and convincing. Sweetie freely expresses herself, in ways that might seem childish to some, but are secretly ways we might like to act if it were accepted. Her character tells us that it's possibly to be so free and unfettered and survive, up to a point.

I love the scene where Sweetie's new, wasted "talent manager" boyfriend is taken to a cafe, by Sweetie's father, in order to get rid of him. At the table Sweetie's father begins to talk about how Sweetie "was such a talented little girl". The boyfriend then spontaneously falls asleep (he has some kind of sleeping sickness). At this point the father tries to remove the boyfriend's coat, which is actually Louis's (Kay's husband), and which they have been trying to get him out of for a long time. The boyfriend, still asleep, then falls to the floor dragging the contents of the table top with him, and ends splayed out on the floor in a baroque mess.

There are numerous comedic scenes like the one above, that weave in and out of the movies' main issues (i.e. control of oneself). Dawn's boyfriend, like Dawn (Sweetie), lacks control over his expression, in this case his actual, physical body.

To add to these delights, the movie is beautifully, artfully photographed and the sets are also artistically satisfying. The soundtrack includes beautiful African gospel. All-in-all, if you're receptive to emotions and understanding them, this will probably be one of the best movies you'll ever see.

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