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Flirting (1991)

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Two freethinking teenagers - a boy and a girl - confront with authoritarian teachers in their boarding schools. The other students treat this differently.

Director:

John Duigan

Writer:

John Duigan
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5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noah Taylor ... Danny Embling
Thandie Newton ... Thandiwe Adjewa
Nicole Kidman ... Nicola
Bartholomew Rose Bartholomew Rose ... 'Gilby' Fryer
Felix Nobis Felix Nobis ... Jock Blair
Josh Picker Josh Picker ... 'Backa' Bourke
Kiri Paramore ... 'Slag' Green
Marc Aden Gray Marc Aden Gray ... Christopher Laidlaw (as Marc Gray)
Gregg Palmer Gregg Palmer ... Colin Proudfoot
Joshua Marshall Joshua Marshall ... 'Cheddar' Fedderson
David Wieland David Wieland ... 'Possum' Piper
Craig Black Craig Black ... 'Pup' Pierdon
Les Hill ... Greg Gilmore (as Leslie Hill)
Jeff Truman ... Mr. Morris Cutts
Marshall Napier ... Mr. Rupert Elloitt
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Storyline

Danny has been sent to boarding school, in this sequel to The Year My Voice Broke. Against a backdrop of bullying and sadistic teachers Danny strikes up an affair with an African girl, Thandiwe, studying at a nearby girl's school. Their affair blossoms while everyone tries to stop it. Nicole Kidman also appears as a sexually repressed senior at Thandiwe's school. Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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Here's to risks

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for scenes of teen sexuality | See all certifications »

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In 2011, Thandie Newton told InStyle Magazine that during the filming of this movie, its director, John Duigan, coerced her into starting a sexual relationship with him, despite the fact that she was 16 and he was 39. She clarified in the interview that the relationship was not strictly illegal, since she was above the age of consent in Australia, but that it left her feeling "self-destructive" and not "in control of the situation," and she had to have therapy later to come to terms with its ramifications. See more »

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Danny Embling: Suddenly, there were much bigger worlds again, and some small place in them for me.
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Johnny Get Angry
Written by Hal David (as David) / Sherman Edwards (as Edwards) (Jodi Music)
Performed by Joanie Sommers
Courtesy Warner Bros. Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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THE best coming of age film.
20 July 2003 | by mdlxSee all my reviews

I absolutely loved this film. This is the best of all the adolescent/coming of age/high school genre films. Set in the mid 1960's Australia at an all boys school (St.Albans....across the river from the all girls school). Our protagonist is a sympathic yet strong/intelligent character. He is constantly picked on by his peers (mild stuttering, intellectual, a bit different), but he takes everything in stride with the viewpoint that he's "offering them a service", "people need to put down others to feel better about themselves" (great line and greatly written throughout.). His eventual love is a new student at the girls school, she is from Uganda (British educated) and is different enough to be a target of ridicule from her peers. They both find each other despite the prison camp like conditions of their respective schools. The story is great, the writing is poetic, and the acting is superb. I can't believe I didn't hear of it when released. I found it in a local Library video department. The only thing I didn't like about the film is the title....."Flirting" just doesn't do this film justice. I came away from this film with a great appreciation for the writing and directing of John Duigan... though I haven't come across anything from him recently as good. Noah Taylor is an amazing actor... I would like to see more of this actor... in better films. I also thought the whole cast in Flirting were perfect.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New South Wales, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,125, 8 November 1992

Gross USA:

$2,415,396

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,415,396
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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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