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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.

Director:

John Duigan

Writer:

John Duigan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Anthony / husband
Tara Fitzgerald ... Estella / wife
Sam Neill ... Norman Lindsay
Pamela Rabe ... Rose / Norman's wife
Portia de Rossi ... Giddy / maid (as Portia De Rossi)
Tziporah Malkah Tziporah Malkah ... Pru / nude model (as Kate Fischer)
Elle Macpherson ... Sheela / nude model
Ben Mendelsohn ... Lewis
John Polson ... Tom
Mark Gerber Mark Gerber ... Devlin / blind man
Julia Stone ... Jane
Ellie MacCarthy Ellie MacCarthy ... Honey
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Bishop of Sydney
John Duigan ... Earnest Minister
Lexy Murphy Lexy Murphy ... British Bulldog Girl
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Anthony, a young reverend and his wife, Estella are on the way from England to Australia to minister to their flock. The bishop asks him to visit Norman, 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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Love, Lust, Art and Religion [Australia Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Tara Fitzgerald deliberately withheld from getting involved in any of the cast and crew's get-togethers and parties, as it helped her with her characterization of an uptight, repressed woman. See more »

Goofs

In the initial scene, the Campions move from the house to the pond to wait for the Lindsays, with Estella carrying her suitcase. But in the next scene when they are woken up by the pond side by the Lindsays, we find in addition to her suitcase, their big trunk is also lying next to them. See more »

Quotes

Norman Lindsay: [reading from newspaper] The repetitious excesses of Norman Lindsay have long been a source of consternation to clean-living citizens of this country. For many years he has painted men and women who seem to be slaves of cocaine or a similar drug which has reduced them to frenzied and shameless morbidity. Today, however, not content with scorning all standards of public decency, he has chosen to profane the most sacred image of the Christian church, the Crucifixion.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, the names are "erased" by the two men walking down the hall to the right. See more »

Connections

Featured in Century of Cinema: 40,000 years of dreaming (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

GREY FUNNEL LINE
Written by Cyril Tawney
Dick James Music Ltd.
Performed by Silly Sisters
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Ltd.
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A whimsical, light drama with subtle charms
18 March 2001 | by =G=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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Country:

Australia | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1994 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,299, 6 March 1994

Gross USA:

$7,770,731

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,770,731
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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