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Sirens (1993)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  3 November 1994 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Estella Campion
Norman Lindsay
Giddy (as Portia De Rossi)
Kate Fischer ...
Pamela Rabe ...
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 <>

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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 »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sirenas  »

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Box Office


£1,734,898 (UK) (5 August 1994)

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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 »


In the first dining room scene, as Norman leaves the table, Giddy offers Estella some tea. Moments later in the scene, as Tony is speaking, Giddy and Estella can be seen repeating the action in the background. 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 Cyril Tawney
Dick James Music Ltd.
Performed by Silly Sisters
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Ltd.
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Funny & Inspiring, gorgeous music
7 May 2003 | by (Oxford, North Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

This film was funny and inspiring, with beautiful music by Rachel Portman (the "only" female composer in films in the "top ten" almost all male composer lists). Lots in this film will stay with you; especially the scenes with Australian animals and waters and snakes. Great philosophical and comedic themes as well. Bears watching a number of times to "get it all." Thanks to everyone concerned for making this wonderful and funny film; first time I've smiled in a long time!

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