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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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Estella Campion
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Norman Lindsay
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Sheela
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Giddy (as Portia De Rossi)
Kate Fischer ...
Pru
Pamela Rabe ...
Rose Lindsay
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Lewis
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Tom
Mark Gerber ...
Devlin
Julia Stone ...
Jane
Ellie MacCarthy ...
Honey
Vincent Ball ...
Bishop of Sydney
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Earnest Minister
Lexy Murphy ...
British Bulldog Girl
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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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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] See more »

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

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25 March 1994 (USA)  »

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$7,770,731 (USA)
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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 »

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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 »

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Giddy: ...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.
Sheela: Yeah. You're living proof.
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Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995) See more »

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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
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An erotic little romp
18 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Sirens" seems to have touched a nerve here. Some reviewers dismiss it as derivative soft-core drivel. Others love it. It probably helps to know that there's little derivative about the story-it's based on real people and a real incident. Sam Neill's character--Norman Lindsay--was real. Lindsay, a prolific artist and novelist, was also a libertine living a Hugh Hefner lifestyle when the rest of the world was awakening from the Victorian Age. "Sirens" was filmed at the Lindsay home and gallery, a 40-acre estate now run by the Australian National Trust. The artworks are all Lindsay's. And the storyline is based on an incident in which the Anglican Church dispatched a cleric to convey concerns about "The Crucifixion of Venus." As for the plot, it's simply a humorous retelling of what might have been--with lots of voluptuous nudes and erotic symbolism tossed in for good measure. Yes, it's all quite predictable. You know five minutes into the film that the Converters will become the Converted. But it's a fun ride getting to that inevitable destination. `Sirens' is not for everyone. If full-frontal male and female nudity offends, you will be offended. If ridiculing the Church or its values offends, you will be offended. And if the notion that the cure for a boring marriage is a little extra-marital dalliance offends, you will truly be offended. Otherwise, it's a little erotic gem and a great way to start an even better evening. :)


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