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Beautiful Kate (2009)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Rachel Ward

Writers:

Rachel Ward (screenplay), Newton Thornburg (novel)
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Cast

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
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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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What happened 20 years ago cannot be forgotten. It can only be confronted. See more »

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

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 2009 (Australia) See more »

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Budget:

$4,300,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Writer-director Rachel Ward previously starred as an actress with star Jeff Bridges in 'Against All Odds' (1984). That movie's two lead star love interests both have a connection to novelist Newton Thornburg. Bridges had previously starred in Cutter's Way (1981), a filmed version of Thornburg's novel "Cutter and Bone", whilst Ward later on wrote and directed the feature film of Thornburg's novel Beautiful Kate (2009). See more »

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Ned Kendall: She's an actress. She doesn't wear clothes.
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Good, not great.
9 December 2012 | by lrishJoe78See all my reviews

I have mixed feelings about this one. It gives a real taste of the harshness of outback farm life in Australia, and it is certainly well directed and produced. The acting performances are convincing, though the character of Toni seems a little over the top, or even unnecessary to the story. Speaking of which; the story is the weakness here. What could have been a psychological drama tracing taboo desires and their roots is instead allowed to develop into a father vs son struggle that we've seen too many times before.

Overall: dark, fascinating, challenging, but let down in the end by a plot without the depth to really carry it over the line. Worth watching though.


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