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Love Serenade
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Writer:
Shirley Barrett (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 August 1997 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Take it off. Baby, take it all off. See more »
Plot:
In Sunray, a backwater town on Australia's Murray River, there's little to do but fish or listen to the local radio station... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(12 articles)
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Worthy of cult status. See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Miranda Otto ... Dimity Hurley

Rebecca Frith ... Vicki-Ann Hurley
George Shevtsov ... Kenneth 'Ken' Sherry
John Alansu ... Albert Lee

Jessica Napier ... Deborah 'Debbie'
Jill McWilliam ... Curler Victim
Ryan Jackson ... Boy on Bike (Ride)
Sabrina Norris ... Beautiful Baby

Directed by
Shirley Barrett 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shirley Barrett  screenplay

Produced by
Jan Chapman .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Mandy Walker 
 
Film Editing by
Denise Haratzis 
 
Casting by
Alison Barrett 
 
Production Design by
Steven Jones-Evans 
 
Art Direction by
Tony Campbell 
 
Costume Design by
Anna Borghesi 
 
Makeup Department
Nik Dorning .... special makeup effects artist
Ann-Maree Hurley .... special makeup effects artist
Stephanie Larman .... hair stylist
Stephanie Larman .... makeup artist
Laura Morris .... special makeup effects artist
Heather Ross .... assistant hair stylist
Heather Ross .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Sally Ayre-Smith .... production supervisor
David Birrell .... post-production supervisor
Phil Brown .... assistant unit manager
Robert Graham .... unit manager (as Bob Graham)
Nino Negrin .... assistant unit manager
Laurie Pettinari .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jennifer Leacey .... third assistant director
John Martin .... second assistant director
P.J. Voeten .... first assistant director (as P J Voeten)
 
Art Department
Helen Davies .... scenic artist
Tristan Fitzgerald .... model maker
Cecily Gatacre .... head scenic artist (as Cicily Gatacre)
Colin Gearman .... carpenter
Miriam Johnson .... art department coordinator
Robert Moxham .... stand-by props (as Robert 'Moxy' Moxham)
Bryon Neville .... signwriter
Chris Norris .... model maker
Joanna Mae Park .... buyer (as Joanna Park)
Joanna Mae Park .... dresser (as Joanna Park)
Colin Robertson .... buyer
Colin Robertson .... dresser
John Rouch .... scenic artist
Katie Sharrock .... assistant stand-by props
Marcus Skipper .... metalwork and rigs
Walter Sperl .... construction manager
Steve Wright .... greensman
 
Sound Department
Steve Burgess .... foley mixer
Steve Lambeth .... dialogue editor
Frank Lipson .... sound designer
Rick Lisle .... adr recordist
Gerry Long .... foley walker
Paul Pirola .... foley recordist
Peter D. Smith .... sound mixer (as Peter Smith)
Phil Stirling .... boom operator (as Phil Sterling)
Gary Wilkins .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... optical effects
Robert Sandeman .... digital effects (as Rob Sandeman)
 
Stunts
Paul Doyle .... assistant stunt coordinator
Paul Doyle .... stunts
Collin Dragsbaek .... stunts
Johnny Hallyday .... stunt coordinator
Debbie Santic .... stunt assistant (as Debbie Sanctic)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Birbara .... assistant camera
Kattina Bowell .... focus puller
Les Frazier .... gaffer
Warwick Fry .... electrician
Tony Hall .... grip
Elise Lockwood .... still photographer
Arthur Manousakis .... grip: second unit
Rena Marnich .... camera attachment
Fabian Poggendorf .... assistant grip
Claire Pollard .... caterer: Camera Cooks
Paul Reinhardt .... assistant grip
Trevor Ripper .... best boy
John Whitteron .... photographer: second unit
 
Casting Department
Shirley Cameron .... extras casting
Trish McAskill .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robyn Elliott .... costume supervisor (as Robyn Elliot)
Suzanne Head .... cutter
Nina Parsons .... stand-by wardrobe
Cheyne Phillips .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
David Birrell .... assistant editor
Margaret Bourke .... negative matcher
Arthur Cambridge .... color timer
 
Music Department
Christine Woodruff .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Lorelle Adamson .... production coordinator
Ian Anderson .... liaison: Cinevex
Debbie Antoniou .... runner
Stephanie Castro-Lewis .... unit nurse
Jan Chapman .... script editor
Evanne Chesson .... animal wrangler
Joanne Court .... legal representative
Nigel Doyle .... rushes runner
Jan Edwards .... production secretary
Max Ehrmann .... poet: "Desiderata" (as Max Ehrman)
Denise Farrell .... production accountant
Tony Gibbs .... insurance
Maude Heath .... location manager
Lee-Anne Higgins .... assistant to producer
Steven Jones-Evans .... title designer
Laurie Knight .... boss wrangler
Gino Lopez .... catering assistant
George Mannix .... safety report
Stuart McPhee .... accounting assistant
Christine Powell .... animal handler
Peter Ritchie .... rushes grader
Nik Round .... liaison: AAV Australia
Ian Russell .... liaison: Atlab
Keith Thompson .... script editor
Peter Thompson .... legal representative
Kristin Voumard .... continuity
H.W. Woods .... insurance (as H W Woods)
Jason Ballantine .... avid supervisor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Collin Dragsbaek .... dedicatee
Bernadette Norris .... thanks
Len Norris .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for some sexuality
Runtime:
101 min
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Trivia:
During the filming of a scene on a grain silo, stuntman 'Collin Dragsbaek' (doubling actor 'George Shetsov') died when he fell onto a faulty airbag.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: The funky instrumental background music that begins when Dimity spies Ken performing Tai Chi in his backyard is incorrectly credited by Ken the DJ as "The Hustle" by Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony when the music concludes. The Hustle is also listed in the credits at the end of the film but the song itself (a well-known 70s disco tune with a bouncy flute line and the vocal, "Do The Hustle!") is not played at any time in the movie.See more »
Quotes:
Vicki-Ann Hurley:Don't you realize he's getting over a painful divorce? He doesn't want to be having sex with people.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Me and Mrs. JonesSee more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Worthy of cult status., 21 February 2003
Author: Hereafter from Melbourne

Overshadowed during its release by the tragic death of a stuntman Collin Dragsbaek during production, Love Serenade rises as a refreshing, observation rich film about despairing souls that happen to come together in "Sunray" a fictional country town. A town like so many real ones in Australia that manage to have a forlorn charm that shines through isolation and solitude. Love Serenade manages to sensitively capture this intangible quality to cradle its story within.

The title "Love Serenade' may have done some damage to its success as it could to easily have pigeoned holed it as a emotion saturated "chick flick". Ironically, once you know the film the title is perfect.

Essentially the film seems to be about the seductive power of persona fueled by the material mediums associated with it, in this case it's a 40 something DJ and his melodic 70's playlist. Within this entrapment all is normal and comfortable with the victim, but for the observer, in this case us the viewer, there are alarm bells and sirens going off everywhere.

DJ Ken Sherry represents what the mass media machine eventually spits out, burnt out celebrity that have been superseded by a new stock. To unfashionable to be seriously employed and to active to be retired these cast offs gravitate to anywhere that still attaches notions of greatness to there foundering media statue. George Shevtsov slips into the roll of the sleazy veteran DJ like a duck to water. His astonishing performance manages to contrive a personality that can only be described as revoltingly charming. Drawing on a a wealth of DJ streetwise experience "Ken Sherry" has an an opportunistic toy about with the misguided adoration of two local sisters. The resulting personality confrontations and moral diversities therein carries the film to its daring strange then stranger end.

Brilliantly written and directed by Shirley Barrett 'Love Serenade' is a great example of one persons vision being crafted and produced by a competent team that have taken on a singular vision. Its curious "fish" diversions and irratic surreal moments will have a large audience drop off, leaving a faithful few that will love it forever.

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