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.
Frustrated by her failure to snag Devlin, Portia de Rossi's character says she'll swear off men completely. This actress later "came out" as a lesbian and has since gotten married to comedienne Ellen DeGeneres.