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Beautiful Kate (2009)

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A writer reawakens his childhood trauma from the past when he returns home, at the request of his estranged sister, to grieve their father's impending death.


Rachel Ward


Rachel Ward (screenplay), Newton Thornburg (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Mendelsohn ... Ned / Writer
Sophie Lowe ... Kate / Ned's twin sister
Maeve Dermody ... Toni / Ned's fiancee
Rachel Griffiths ... Sally / Ned's sister
Josh McFarlane Josh McFarlane ... Cliff / Ned's older brother (as Josh Macfarlane)
Bryan Brown ... Bruce / Ned's father
Suzie Bavaci Suzie Bavaci ... Emily / Ned's mother (as Suzie Boyaci)
Scott O'Donnell Scott O'Donnell ... Young Ned
Eve Burner Eve Burner ... Young Kate
Heloise Baker Heloise Baker ... Young Sally
Daniel Binks Daniel Binks ... Young Cliff
Jarrah Cocks Jarrah Cocks ... Andy Cromer
Briony Kent Briony Kent ... Tamara
Travis Taylor Travis Taylor ... Local Band
Nicholas Kipridis Nicholas Kipridis ... Local Band


A writer, Ned Kendall, is asked to return to the family home by his sister Sally, to say goodbye to his father who is dying. The family home is in a very remote and isolated area. While back home, Ned starts having memories of his beautiful twin sister and himself when they were children. These memories awaken long-buried secrets of brother/sister sex from the family's past. Written by IMDbDon

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Every family has secrets. Only some survive them. See more »


Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and nudity, language and some violent images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Actress Sophie Lowe, who played the title character of Kate Kendall, received an 'introducing' credit in the film's production notes. See more »


Ned Kendall: She's an actress. She doesn't wear clothes.
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Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #7.1 (2010) See more »


If You're Happy and You Know It
Traditional, based on a Latvian folk song
Performed by Sophie Lowe
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One of the MOST unexpected Gems I have ever seen!
31 January 2018 | by fearthedead-17801See all my reviews

I always enjoy good controversial "taboo' movies, if they are done right. And my list this week called form you guessed it, Incest! This will be only one of many films I watch this week, but my god, I hope they are all this good!!

First, I am not going to spoil anything for anyone. With that out of the way, I did not know what to expect from this Australian film. But my oh my. This movie had it all. It was titillating, wrong, and yet so right at the same time. Had great characters and cinematography. The editing was spot on. Probably going to be my go to showcase how to do flash backs. Seriously well done!! It hit all the emotional cues as well. And left you depressed and hopeful at the same time.

By the end I felt drained of emotion, the final minutes leading up to the credits are hard hitting.

If your not to turned off by the 'incest' markings of this movie, I highly Recommend watching it. You will truly not be disappointed.

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Release Date:

6 August 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$4,300,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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