When a painting is termed blasphemous, a young minister and his wife visit the artist... and the three sexually playful models living with him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Estella Campion
Norman Lindsay
Giddy (as Portia De Rossi)
Kate Fischer ...
Rose Lindsay
Mark Gerber ...
Julia Stone ...
Ellie MacCarthy ...
Vincent Ball ...
Bishop of Sydney
Earnest Minister
Lexy Murphy ...
British Bulldog Girl


A young reverend and his wife are on the way from England to Australia to minister to their flock. The bishop asks him to visit an eccentric artist prone to sexual depictions and requests that he voluntarily withdraw a controversial work call "Crucified Venus" from his show. The minister, who considers himself a progressive, is shocked at the amoral atmosphere surrounding the painter, his wife, and the three models living at his estate. The minister's wife is troubled also, and has to deal with latent sexual urges while trying to remain loyal to her husband. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Rated R for strong sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sirenas  »

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$7,770,731 (USA)

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The movie was filmed primarily at the real Norman Lindsay's home and 49 acre property, where he lived until his death in 1969. It is now a museum and art gallery. See more »


The children who are playing in the creek are given Irish names, and Devlin also has an Irish name, but Springwood never had a particularly high Irish population. The most prominent church in Springwood is the Frazer Memorial Presbyterian Church, which was built in the 1890s, before the time of the film. See more »


Norman Lindsay: [reading from newspaper] The repetitious excesses of Norman Lindsay have long been a source of consternation to clean-living citizens of this country. For many years he has painted men and women who seem to be slaves of cocaine or a similar drug which has reduced them to frenzied and shameless morbidity. Today, however, not content with scorning all standards of public decency, he has chosen to profane the most sacred image of the Christian church, the Crucifixion.
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Written by Ralph Vaughan Williams
J. Curwen & Sons Ltd.
Used by permission of Faber Music Limited, London
Performed by The Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Patrick Thomas
Courtesy of Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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A whimsical, light drama with subtle charms
18 March 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Sirens" (title refers to Homer's sirens) tells of a young church official who is dispatched to visit a painter at his remote Aussie studio/estate to dissuade him from showing a painting of a nude on a cross. Hugh Grant plays the minister who, with his wife, encounters four beautiful models (one is the artist's wife) who bemuse him with their nude romps and sensual ways. Moreover, he's distressed by his wife's apparent interest in the unabashed frolicking. "Sirens" is a not too serious and somewhat sensual film with a thin plot. The film's appeal is in the moment-to-moment situations, the shangrila "feel" given to the harsh outback locale, the feminist antics of the bevy of babes, etc. Some will find the film tedious while others will be captivated by it's subtle charms.

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