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 <email@example.com>
In the 1930s, an artist and his models scandalized a nation with their controversial paintings. For a young couple, meeting them was the experience of a lifetime. [USA Theatrical]
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Did You Know?
Although this movie is a work of fiction, it is centered around a real person. Norman Lindsay was a real-life artist and author in Australia during the early 1900s. Several of his books have been adapted into movies, including Age of Consent
(1969) which tells a different version of this same story. See more
The film is set in Springwood and the nearby Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains, and part of it is filmed in Norman Lindsay's house, but many of the scenery is incongruous. In reality, the house is a relatively short drive from Springwood station, and would not involve a drive into the wilderness. Many of the bushland scenes are filmed in the Upper Mountains where the valleys are deeper and the cliffs more majestic than in Springwood and Faulconbridge. For example, one shot shows the Three Sisters in Katoomba, 30 km away. The town of Springwood bears little resemblance to the actual suburb, except for the Honeyset General Store, which names a family of shopkeepers. There never was a "Sir Charles Dilke Hotel" in Springwood. The film also features a treeless hill and a creek bed where the children play, neither of which are features of the real Springwood. See more
...did you know it could be dangerous to wake somebody up when they're dreaming, well, because you leave part of your brain behind. And if it happens too many times, you go feeble in the head.
Yeah. You're living proof.
Referenced in Kicking and Screaming
MARCH PAST OF THE KITCHEN UTENSILS, from WASPS
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 See more