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My Year Without Sex (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Drama | 28 May 2009 (Australia)
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A tender story from Australia highlights the realistic ups and downs of an Australian family in the year following a parent's emergency medical procedure.


Sarah Watt


Sarah Watt
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Portia Bradley Portia Bradley ... Ruby
Jonathan Segat Jonathan Segat ... Louis
Sacha Horler ... Natalie
Matt Day ... Ross
Roy Davies Roy Davies ... Old Man
Catherine Hill Catherine Hill ... Newsreader
Sonya Suares ... Rosie Singh
Petru Gheorghiu Petru Gheorghiu ... Con
Eddie Baroo ... Tim Donnelly
Travis Cotton Travis Cotton ... Howard
Fred Whitlock Fred Whitlock ... Greg
Sean Rees-Wemyss ... Blake
Lauren Mikkor Lauren Mikkor ... Georgia
Chloe Guymer ... Chloe
Katie Wall ... Winona


Natalie and Ross struggle to stay in the middle class in a Melbourne suburb, with their likable son and daughter, 12 and 7. Their lives are upended one August day when Natalie faints during a routine medical checkup: it's an aneurysm followed by major surgery, convalescence, and a doctor's advice to avoid heavy lifting, straining on the toilet, stifled sneezes, and orgasms. Over the next year, we watch the family in vignettes, one each month: domestic frustrations, a tempting colleague, Christmas, a pet fish, a holiday, a church choir and conversations about God, a chicken hawk, a birthday party, football games, and fears that another aneurysm is just a sneeze away. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


One woman is about to do the unthinkable


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

28 May 2009 (Australia) See more »


Box Office


AUD 4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$528, 5 March 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,119, 22 April 2010
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hibiscus Films,My Year See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


My Year Without Sex grossed $1,125,871 at the box office in Australia. See more »

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Another gem from Sarah Watt!
28 June 2009 | by brimon28See all my reviews

When one enters a cinema noting that 90% of the audience is female, one expects 'chick lit' or a weepie. Sarah Watt is a great storyteller, but chick lit is not her scene. In episodic form, she portrays an ordinary family as they experience near-tragedy and misfortune, but come out of it with just a little bit of luck. This is a love story, and it portrays how a close family can overcome great stress by knowing love for each other. The key character is Natalie, played by Sacha Horler, a brave actor who can handle difficult parts superbly. Watt ignores the old rule: never appear with children and dogs. The children are truly very good, the dogs well-behaved. Does it help that members of the author's family are well represented? Look for 'Antoinette'. This is Watt's husband, William McInnes in drag. Another important character is Margaret, the one-time junkie pop singer, who essays a change as a priest, then surprises us all in the end. One hopes that this film reaches the rest of the world uncut. There is some strong language, but it belongs. Watt cleverly inserts the odd 'plant'. We wait in vain for the realization - Watt is an animator after all. And, yes, the audience came out smiling.

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