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Better Than Sex -- After a one-night stand a couple is faced with the terrifying possibility of what they really want.


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3 days in the life of a 1 night stand.
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3 days in the life of a 1 night stand. Does this movie prove that ‘love and relationships really are better than sex?' See more (31 total) »


  (in credits order)

David Wenham ... Josh

Susie Porter ... Cin
Catherine McClements ... Sam
Kris McQuade ... Taxi Driver

Simon Bossell ... Tim

Imelda Corcoran ... Carole
Dina Gillespie ... Girl B
Emily Saunders ... Girl C
Laura Keneally ... Girl D
Leah Vandenberg ... Girl E

Tammy Macintosh ... Girl F
Mark Priestley ... Guy A
Tamblyn Lord ... Guy B

Jason Clarke ... Guy C

Jason Chong ... Guy D
Tim Richards ... Guy E
Harry Bragg ... Phone Box Man
Pauline Anderson ... Phone Box Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Hobson ... Soundtrack performer - Che gelida manina (La Bohème)

Ken Waters (as Ken VerCammen)

Directed by
Jonathan Teplitzky 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jonathan Teplitzky 

Produced by
Marc Bonduel .... executive producer
Frank Cox .... producer
Bruna Papandrea .... producer
Original Music by
David Hirschfelder 
Cinematography by
Garry Phillips 
Film Editing by
Shawn Seet 
Casting by
Nikki Barrett 
Production Design by
Tara Kamath 
Art Direction by
Tara Kamath 
Set Decoration by
Carisse O'Brien 
Costume Design by
Kelly May 
Makeup Department
David Grainger .... makeup artist
Angela Mork .... assistant hair stylist
Angela Mork .... makeup assistant
Helene Simone .... hair stylist supervisor
Helene Simone .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Cathy Flannery .... unit production manager
Les Taylor .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dennis Kiely .... first assistant director
Belinda Mravicic .... second assistant director
Annabel Osborne .... third assistant director
Art Department
Gillian Farrow .... stand-by props
Lea Lennon .... props buyer
Ben Lord .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Andrew Belletty .... production sound mixer
Mark Blackwell .... sound effects editor
Mark Blackwell .... sound recordist
Les Fiddess .... foley artist
Mauricio Hernández .... foley recordist
Phil Heywood .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Murphy .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Conor O'Connor .... boom operator
Philip Purcell .... adr recordist
Penn Robinson .... dialogue editor
Sue Scott .... adr coordinator
Stephen R. Smith .... sound mixer
Stephen R. Smith .... sound supervisor
Visual Effects by
Ken Phelan .... opticals
Camera and Electrical Department
Hallie Burton .... still photographer
Steve Carter .... gaffer
Stacey Cross .... camera attachment
Sally Eccleston .... focus puller
David Litchfield .... key grip
Michael Metzner .... camera attachment
Nicholas Seckold .... best boy
Irene Seeto .... clapper loader
Darryl Short .... assistant grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kelly May .... stand-by costumer
Editorial Department
Greg Chapman .... negative matcher
Kelvin Crumplin .... color grader
Al Hansen .... digital colorist
Milena Romanin .... assembly editor
Milena Romanin .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ross Cockle .... music score engineer
Con Frantzeskos .... music supervisor
Peter Hoyland .... music supervisor
Nigel MacLean .... assistant music producer
Nigel MacLean .... musician: violin
Transportation Department
Peter Vorst .... vehicle coordinator
Other crew
Robert Connolly .... consultant
Jane Corden .... production accountant
Christian Luxton .... production runner
Tracy McKeown .... accounting assistant
Genevieve Mooy .... script editor
Annie Parnell .... production coordinator
Annette Smith .... unit publicist
Eve Spence .... continuity
Kimble Rendall .... thanks
Corrie Soeterboek .... thanks

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Rated R for strong sexual content and language
95 min | Germany:80 min | USA:84 min (approx)
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Continuity: When Cyn is on the phone with Sam, Josh gets up from the bed wearing his socks, in the few seconds it takes him to walk from the bed to the window his socks are gone.See more »
[internal monologues]
Cin:I want my bed.
Josh:I need to sleep.
Cin:No more sex, god, I can't take it anymore.
Josh:I hate sex.
Cin:I just want to get into bed.
Josh:I just want to go to sleep.
[Outloud to each other]
Josh:What are you thinking?
Cin:Nothing, you?
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
3 days in the life of a 1 night stand. Does this movie prove that ‘love and relationships really are better than sex?', 8 October 2003
Author: Old Joe from Hamilton, Australia

There would be many people in the world that believe there many experiences that are better than sex. I am one person that has to agree, as I believe the world has a lot more to offer than just sex. This film, while being very sexually liberating for the characters that appear in it, is also very touching and funny for the audience that watches it. Although this movie deals with controversial issues involving sex, it is a film I believe any adult can enjoy. This is one classy Australian romantic comedy.

When Josh and Cin meet at a party and decide to spend the night together, it seems to them like the perfect solution. With Josh leaving in three days to go back overseas, what can possibly go wrong? It is one night of sex and the will never see each other again. What is there to get complicated? It will be fun without all the usual expectations. It is just sex. They both know that. But as their night stretches into another night, what seemed so safe and easy starts to get out of control. They both find themselves faced with the possibility that what they want is… better than sex. But will either of them be able to admit it?

Taking on the roles of both the writer and director of ‘BTS' was Jonathon Teplitzky. Jon wrote a very original and very witty script, getting help from script editor, comedy actress Genevieve Mooy. I am sure he did his homework on the issues relating to casual sex and what such an experience can be like. Then the way that he wrote these very unique ‘to the camera' personalities into the screenplay was great, because I felt they were very well crafted characters. Also the use of voiceovers, as tool for us too hear what the two main characters are thinking while they are engaged in a very heavy sexual encounter were hilarious. I could not help but laugh when Josh is thinking of a ‘cake recipe' to delay a climax, and when Cin says ‘I love you' as she comes.

When in the director's chair Jonathon shows even more class. I feel the camera shots that Teplitzky gives only enhance the way we experience the movie, like the many different angles we see Josh and Cin in when they are in bed. The cinematographer, Garry Phillips does a great job in bringing off the shots Teplitzky wanted. Teplitzky also made this film a very fun experience to watch, and I believe it is through his direction that we are allowed to feel that way.

The main stars in this film were Josh (Aussie heartthrob David Wenham) and Cin (Susie Porter). Both are very good in their roles. They were very professional, considering that they had to share many sexually moments in the film. Both of these actors shared a chemistry that made you believe they could ever end in this sort of situation. It is my opinion that Wenham was born to play his role. These roles were extremely important in the success of the film, and I have to say both Wenham and Porter pulled them off.

There were other roles that I liked in the film. Sam (Catherine McClements) is an iffy friend of Cin. McClements is very good in her cameo performance in the movie, as her flirtatious ways would be concerning for any girlfriend to take, in front a prospective boyfriend. What happens when Sam officially meets Josh for the first time was very funny. There is also the character of the Taxi Driver (Kris McQuade). She was very observant when it came to Cin, as she knew what she was like. McQuade had a very deep husky voice, but for some reason I liked her role. There was also the great role taken on by people simply known as ‘girls' or ‘guys' in BTS. The Girls included B (Dina Gillespie), C (Emily Saunders), D (Laura Kennelly), E (Leah Vandenberg) and F (Tammy McIntosh), while Guys included A (Mark Priestly) B (Tamblyn Lord) C (Jason Clarke) D (Jason Chong) and E (Tim Richards). All these people, while not having major roles in the film, made this aspect of the movie very memorable for me.

The music of BTS was also a highlight of the film. Composer David Hirschfelder and his musical crew did a great job in giving this movie a really good feel. It is another movie that has had a very subtle by very effective score. I love the way Hirschfelder used such instruments as violins, guitars drums and pianos. The way Hirschfelder has the piano twinkling half way through the film was terrific. The good songs of the soundtrack include Gets me up by Sneak and Stay the same by Kylie Minogue.

This movie does not have many locations or characters, but that did not distract from how good a film it was. I think it only enhanced the film all the more, and made what was shown to seem all the greater. It would be safe to assume that many people have been in such a situation as the one presented in this film. If this is true, than what the movie showed would have only been more entertaining for that group of individuals/couples. This is a very good piece of Australian cinema, one that I highly recommend to you, if you are yet to see it.

CMRS gives ‘Better than Sex': 4.5 (Very Good – Brilliant Film)

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