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Sirens (1994)

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When a painting is termed blasphemous, a young minister and his wife visit the artist... and the three sexually playful models living with him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Anthony / Priest / Estella's husband
... Estella / Anthony's wife
... Norman / Artist / Rose's husband
... Rose / Norman's wife
... Giddy (as Portia De Rossi)
Tziporah Malkah ... Pru / Model (as Kate Fischer)
... Sheela / Model
... Lewis
... Tom
Mark Gerber ... Devlin / Blind man
Julia Stone ... Jane
Ellie MacCarthy ... Honey
Vincent Ball ... Bishop of Sydney
... Earnest Minister
Lexy Murphy ... British Bulldog Girl


A young reverend and his wife are on the way from England to Australia to minister to their flock. The bishop asks him to visit an eccentric artist prone to sexual depictions and requests that he voluntarily withdraw a controversial work call "Crucified Venus" from his show. The minister, who considers himself a progressive, is shocked at the amoral atmosphere surrounding the painter, his wife, and the three models living at his estate. The minister's wife is troubled also, and has to deal with latent sexual urges while trying to remain loyal to her husband. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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25 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sirenas  »

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Did You Know?


Frustrated by her failure to snag Devlin, Portia de Rossi's character says she'll swear off men completely. This actress later "came out" as a lesbian and has since gotten married to comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. See more »


The film is set in Springwood and the nearby Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains, and part of it is filmed in Norman Lindsay's house, but many of the scenery is incongruous. In reality, the house is a relatively short drive from Springwood station, and would not involve a drive into the wilderness. Many of the bushland scenes are filmed in the Upper Mountains where the valleys are deeper and the cliffs more majestic than in Springwood and Faulconbridge. For example, one shot shows the Three Sisters in Katoomba, 30 km away. The town of Springwood bears little resemblance to the actual suburb, except for the Honeyset General Store, which names a family of shopkeepers. There never was a "Sir Charles Dilke Hotel" in Springwood. The film also features a treeless hill and a creek bed where the children play, neither of which are features of the real Springwood. See more »


Sheela: [talking about an outhouse] I should have warned him about the redbacks.
Estella Campion: What are they?
Sheela: Small spiders with big teeth. They live under toilet seats usually.
Estella Campion: How do you know if they're there?
Sheela: By the screams.
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Written by Ralph Vaughan Williams
J. Curwen & Sons Ltd.
Used by permission of Faber Music Limited, London
Performed by The Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Patrick Thomas
Courtesy of Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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A whimsical, light drama with subtle charms
18 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

"Sirens" (title refers to Homer's sirens) tells of a young church official who is dispatched to visit a painter at his remote Aussie studio/estate to dissuade him from showing a painting of a nude on a cross. Hugh Grant plays the minister who, with his wife, encounters four beautiful models (one is the artist's wife) who bemuse him with their nude romps and sensual ways. Moreover, he's distressed by his wife's apparent interest in the unabashed frolicking. "Sirens" is a not too serious and somewhat sensual film with a thin plot. The film's appeal is in the moment-to-moment situations, the shangrila "feel" given to the harsh outback locale, the feminist antics of the bevy of babes, etc. Some will find the film tedious while others will be captivated by it's subtle charms.

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