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Beautiful Kate (2009)

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A writer, Ned Kendall, is asked to return to the family home by his sister Sally, to say goodbye to his father who is dying. The family home is in a very remote and isolated area. While ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh McFarlane ...
Cliff Kendall (as Josh Macfarlane)
Suzie Bavaci ...
Emily Kendall - mum (as Suzie Boyaci)
Daniel Binks ...
Heloise Baker ...
Eve Burner ...
Briony Kent ...
Jarrah Cocks ...
Scott O'Donnell ...
Travis Taylor ...
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Nicholas Kipridis ...
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A writer, Ned Kendall, is asked to return to the family home by his sister Sally, to say goodbye to his father who is dying. The family home is in a very remote and isolated area. While back home, Ned starts having memories of his beautiful twin sister and himself when they were children. These memories awaken long-buried secrets from the family's past. Written by IMDbDon

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Every family has secrets only some survive them. See more »


Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and nudity, language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 August 2009 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Beautiful Kate  »

Box Office


$4,300,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film has been described by Bryan Brown as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) meets The Piano (1993). See more »


Toni: What?
Ned Kendall: You sound like a fucking tart.
Toni: That's because you fuck me like one, you shit!
Toni: How come you never look at me?
Ned Kendall: What?
Toni: How come you never look at my face when we fuck?
Ned Kendall: I love looking at you. You're beautiful.
Toni: Do you love me?
Ned Kendall: I'm marrying you, aren't I?
Toni: You're such a shit. What kind of answer is that?
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Referenced in At the Movies: Summer Special 2010/11 (2010) See more »


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Written by Johnny Christopher, Francis Zambon and Wayne Carson Thompson
Performed by Blind Dog Taylor and One More Mile
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To me this isn't fiction
30 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is like nothing I've ever seen-except in real life. I haven't ever written about this, or told anyone, but this almost exact thing happened in my family. I didn't even know what this movie was about, but as I watched it my jaw hit the floor. All the memories and emotions came rushing back. I never thought anyone would write such a book, let alone make a movie. I will leave out some of the more hair raising details. Just about every law that could be broken was. Luckily there was no small child to witness the depravity: that was my job.

There were three of us that lived on an isolated horse farm. I was a 16 years old, my brother was 18, and my sister was 14. My sister was just like Kate-beautiful, but evil and manipulative. I enamored with her. People think that girls can't do these sordid things, but like Kate, my sister was the instigator. Some of the scenes were exactly what happened. My 18 year old brother was dumber than a bag of hammers, but was physically much like Ned. He even looked a little like him except he was much bigger at about 6'4''. My siblings were two very beautiful people physically. Mentally was a whole other story.

I was a nerd that liked to read books, and was pudgy and wore thick glasses. I loved to read history. To wrap this up, I was the one who witnessed a lot of what went on. The skinny dipping etc. My siblings carried on as though I wasn't even there, and I never took part in any of their activities. I did have some contact with my sister, but it stopped short of anything major. My mother even walked in on them a few times, but the only action she took was encourage a neighbor boy to come over in hopes of keeping the unthinkable from happening. When my sister inevitably got pregnant, she married the neighbor boy. There's even more to this, but I'll leave it at that. Besides, I am sure there was a lot I thankfully never knew about.

My brother was almost completely dysfunctional as an adult. He died a few years ago. When he would begin to talk about these things, I would always quickly change the subject. Maybe I shouldn't have. Maybe it would have helped both of us, but I didn't want to take that chance that things could actually get worse. Years earlier my sister tried to talk to me about it, and I actually started to hash things out, but I had to stop. I took awhile to recover, so I wasn't going there again. It seemed like she didn't mind talking about it at all, and revealed some things I had either not seen or had forgotten. Once again, I'll leave it there.

Nothing I ever did completely erased what happened, and as you might guess my life has been a terrible struggle with depression and feelings of rejection, but in some small way I feel somewhere someone understands. I still can't believe that someone wrote a book so similar to what happened to me.

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