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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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Storyline

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 from the family's past. Written by IMDbDon

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A forbidden love that cannot be forgotten. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

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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 »

Also Known As:

Beautiful Kate See more »

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Budget:

$4,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The biggest challenge for music composers Murray Paterson and Tex Perkins (aka Gregory Perkins) was the process of composing the smaller pieces needed for the film but still creating a 'whole soundtrack'. Perkins said: "Obviously it's guitar based and we wanted to keep it as organic and natural sounding as possible, so there's guitars, there's bass and there's a cello, those are the main instruments. We want to have a certain consistency through the piece, through the whole thing so that even though there's about fifteen different pieces they all have a connecting tone and a similar aesthetic." See more »

Quotes

Toni: What?
Ned Kendall: You sound like a fucking tart.
Toni: That's because you fuck me like one, you shit!
Toni: How come you never look at me?
Ned Kendall: What?
Toni: How come you never look at my face when we fuck?
Ned Kendall: I love looking at you. You're beautiful.
Toni: Do you love me?
Ned Kendall: I'm marrying you, aren't I?
Toni: You're such a shit. What kind of answer is that?
[...]
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Featured in Beautiful Kate: Rachel Ward interview (2009) See more »

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Going Up the Country
Written by Alan Wilson
Performed by Kitty Daisy & Lewis
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Missed opportunity
23 August 2009 | by unreadpagesSee all my reviews

There are many good things about this film. It unsentimentally depicts the harshness and bareness of outback farm life in Australia. It has some highly creditable performances from some top Aussie actors. The cinematography does justice to the setting.

The problem is the story. Instead of following through on a psychological exploration of some forbidden desires and their roots in this remote community, which is invited so longingly by the scenario, it contents itself with yet another portrayal of the struggle between a tyrannical old bastard of a father and his surviving son, whom he devalues. Both father and son conspire to turn their backs in denial of what could have been a revolutionary turn of events to match, gee, I don't know, Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf or The Homecoming.

A missed opportunity.


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