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Release Date:
28 September 1989 (Australia) See more »
An introspective young woman's life is upturned by the arrival of her maladjusted sister. Full summary » | 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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Did You Know?

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 »
Far Beyond UsSee more »


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Jane Campion's Best Film, 26 July 2016
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Based solely on a tea leaf reading, superstitious and introspective Kay believes she and Louis are destined to fall in love with each other, he who she is able to convince of the same despite he just having gotten engaged to her co-worker, Cheryl. That destiny may change with the fortunes of what she sees as the next symbol of their relationship, a somewhat sickly elder tree Louis plants in their garden for their one year anniversary.

This is Jane Campion's first feature, and her best. Some might point to "Angel at my Table", but I personally thought that film was terrible. "Sweetie" is funny, and has an interesting sense about it. One might even call it quirky, but it never quite goes full-quirky, keeping one foot firmly in the real world. It is sort of like Wes Anderson lite, and one has to wonder if he didn't draw some influence from Campion.

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