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Sweetie -- Sweetie focuses on the hazardous relationship between the buttoned-down, superstitious Kay and her rampaging, devil-may-care sister, Sweetie--and on their family's profoundly rotten roots.
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Gerard Lee (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
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 ... Jackaroo
Alan Close ... Jackaroo
Marc Colombani ... Jackaroo
Geoff Shera ... Jackaroo
Andrew Traucki ... 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 Haussler)
Casting by
Jane Campion 
Art Direction by
Peter Harris 
Costume Design by
Amanda Lovejoy 
Makeup Department
Wendy Freeman .... makeup artist
Howard Regner .... hair stylist
Nicole Sorby .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Don Colantonio .... assistant production manager
Patricia L'Huede .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tina Andreef .... second assistant director
Trudi Billsberry .... third assistant director
John Fretz .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jennifer Kernke .... assistant art director
Jennifer Kernke .... stand-by props
Martin Say .... assistant art director
Sound Department
John Dennison .... foley recordist
John Dennison .... sound mixer
John Dennison .... sound supervisor
Mary Dennison .... sound effects editor
Pamela Dunne .... sound effects editor
Liz Goldfinch .... dialogue editor
Sue Kerr .... boom operator
Raj Oakley .... assistant dialogue editor
Martin Oswin .... dialogue mixer
Leo Sullivan .... sound recordist
Tony Vaccher .... sound effects editor
Tony Vaccher .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects
Bernard Ledger .... stunts (as Bernie Ledger)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jane Castle .... camera operator
Jamie Egan .... gaffer
Michael Egan .... best boy
Regis Lansac .... still photographer
Phil Stainer .... grip
Felicity Surtees .... focus puller
Casting Department
Tina Andreef .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melinda Trost .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Arthur Cambridge .... color grader
Jane Cole .... first assistant editor
Claire Corbett .... second assistant editor
Miriam Cortes .... negative matcher
Music Department
Michael Stavrou .... music mixer
Michael Stavrou .... music recordist
Other crew
Lynn-Maree Danzey .... continuity
Peter Long .... title designer
Mary-Joy Lu .... pre-production attachment
Billy MacKinnon .... script editor (as William MacKinnon)
Sam Thompson .... production coordinator
Denise Wolfson .... laboratory liaison

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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
a unique vision, 6 January 2011
Author: Michael Neumann from United States

Australian filmmaker Jane Campion's unorthodox daydream of family ties will likely infuriate more people than it pleases, defeating expectations as easily as it defies casual analysis. Describing it in any detail would only spoil the joy of discovery, for both the story and the idiosyncratic style of the film itself, which turns an already cockeyed domestic melodrama (introducing the oddball in-laws of an estranged young couple) into a sometimes grotesque but strangely compassionate portrait of sad, eccentric people living on the fringes of Down Under society.

Campion challenges the viewer's perception of what is or isn't real, using a portentous, artfully composed visual scheme, emphasizing in every shot her eye for geometry and deadpan comic detail. And then, mid-way through the story, along comes Sweetie herself to upset all the symmetry. Her younger sister calls her "a dark force"; her father treats her (affectionately) as the child she'll always be to him; and her mother, out of exasperation, simply walks away from all the subsequent turmoil. In a nutshell, Sweetie is the loose cannon in every family closet, and as played by newcomer Geneviève Lemon she's one of the more obscene and compelling characters ever to crash a movie scenario. Her story is, by turns, tender, pathetic, amusing, ominous, totally unique, and just plain weird.

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