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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Let yourself go ...... they do! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Based on the life of Norman Lindsay, later the subject of Sirens (1994). See more »

Goofs

Near the end when Cora enters the water her dress is completely wet. After the cut it is only wet from the chest down. See more »

Quotes

Cora: You only want me for the pictures.
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Lonsdale ... Godfrey the dog See more »

Alternate Versions

Although initially passed intact with an 'X' the distributors decided to opt for an 'A' certificate for UK cinemas and the film was cut accordingly. The nudity during the opening bedroom scene was removed, as was some suggestive dialogue and shots of the nude Cora posing for Bradley. Video releases were raised to a 15 but featured the same cut print though the 2008 Sony DVD finally saw the film restored and uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in James Mason: The Star They Loved to Hate (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

98.6
(uncredited)
Written by Anthony Powers and George Fischoff
Performed by Keith (aka James Keefer)
(from Ted's small radio while he's with Cora)
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A light film, with some hilarious moments.
24 October 1999 | by pinback-3See all my reviews

Compared to the many classics Michael Powell had previously directed, this Australian film is just a light, piece of fluff, but it is worth watching to see the young Helen Mirren and another solid performance by James Mason, who must have had a particular interest in playing this part as he also co-produced the film. Don't be misled by the title, the issue of sexual relations between an older man and an under-age girl is only really hinted at, the main theme being the need for an artist to find new inspiration. The tone of the film is essentially light, and, for me, the highlight is a couple of hilarious scenes in which Jack McGowran, as Mason's scrounging mate Nat Kelly, meets his comeuppance at the hands of a man-hunting neighbor of Mason's.


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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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