A grizzled Australian painter decides to jolt his stale creativity by moving to a remote island on the Great Barrier Reef, where he takes on an alluring, uninhibited young woman as his muse.

Director:

Michael Powell

Writers:

Peter Yeldham (screenplay), Norman Lindsay (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Mason ... Bradley Morahan
Helen Mirren ... Cora
Jack MacGowran ... Nat Kelly
Neva Carr-Glynn Neva Carr-Glynn ... Ma Ryan (as Neva Carr-Glyn)
Andonia Katsaros Andonia Katsaros ... Isabel Marley
Michael Boddy Michael Boddy ... Hendricks
Harold Hopkins ... Ted Farrell
Slim DeGrey Slim DeGrey ... Cooley (as Slim De Grey)
Max Meldrum Max Meldrum ... TV Interviewer
Hudson Faucett Hudson Faucett ... New Yorker (as Hudson Faussett)
Peggy Cass ... His Wife
Eric Reiman Eric Reiman ... An Art Lover
Frank Thring ... Godfrey
Tommy Hanlon Jr. Tommy Hanlon Jr. ... Levi-Strauss (as Tommy Hanlon Jnr.)
Dora Hing Dora Hing ... Receptionist
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Storyline

An elderly artist thinks he has become too stale and is past his prime. His friend (and agent) persuades him to go to an off-shore island to try once more. On the island he rediscovers his muse in the form of a young girl.

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Filmed on Australia's Great Barrier Reef! See more »


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James Mason met his future wife Clarissa Kaye-Mason on the set of this movie. Clarissa Kaye played the part of Mason's ex-girlfriend in Australia. Their scene together was filmed in bed, and Clarissa, who was recovering from pneumonia, had a temperature of one hundred three degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius). After filming, Mason began corresponding with Kaye, and the two were married in 1971, and remained so until Mason's death in 1984. See more »

Goofs

The opening title gives Nautilus Productions as producer. Columbia Picture Corporation also appears there. There is no such corporation. The word Picture should be, Pictures. See more »

Quotes

Cora: You only want me for the pictures.
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Crazy Credits

Lonsdale ... Godfrey the dog See more »

Alternate Versions

A studio version was made with a soundtrack by Stanley Myers. The original soundtrack by Peter Sculthorpe has now been restored. The Sculthorpe soundtrack was the director's choice. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Celebrity Naked Ambition (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Daydream Believer
(uncredited)
Written by John Stewart
Performed by The Monkees
(from Ted Farrel's transistor radio)
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Quirky Pleasure
16 March 2009 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

A famous painter retreats to a somewhat remote island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef to inspire his creativity and finds a young woman to pose for him. Mason is fine as the painter. In one of her earliest roles, Mirren looks amazingly young and alluring as the object of Mason's desire. MacGowran provides the comedy as Mason's unwanted guest on the island. There isn't much of a plot in this laid-back and light-hearted comedy, but it features a quirky cast of characters and is quite enjoyable. The dog is cute and receives on-screen billing. The island setting is beautifully filmed under Powell's masterful direction.


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Country:

UK | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Age of Consent See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nautilus Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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