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.
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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
[talking about an outhouse
I should have warned him about the redbacks.
What are they?
Small spiders with big teeth. They live under toilet seats usually.
How do you know if they're there?
By the screams.
MARCH PAST OF THE KITCHEN UTENSILS, from WASPS
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 See more