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THE ACTRESS (2006)

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* "Aussie indie "The Actress" has a stable household invaded by a stranger whose indiscriminate sexuality and questionable motivations wreak havoc. Entertaining black comedy." Variety * "****Exciting and involving every step of the way." Film Threat


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Catalogue No. AUN0075
SRP A$29.95
APN 9333723000752
DVD Release Date 7 Nov 2007
Director Zak Hilditch
Producer Antony Webb, Zak Hilditch
Cast Caitlin Higgins, Matt Hardie, Laura Henderson
Genre Comedy Drama
Rating MA15+ (Strong sex scenes and sexual references , Strong coarse language)
Run Time 90 minutes
Visual Format 16:9 Anamorphic
Audio Format Dolby Stereo
Language English
Special Features Behind the Scenes; Bloopers; Trailer
Quotes * "Aussie indie "The Actress" has a stable household invaded by a stranger whose indiscriminate sexuality and questionable motivations wreak havoc. Entertaining black comedy." Variety * "****Exciting and involving every step of the way." Film Threat
Awards Official Selections: 2006 BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2006 REVELATION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2006 END OF THE PIER FILM FESTIVAL 2006 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2006 METHODFEST FILM FESTIVAL

Synopsis
THE ACTRESS centres around a 20-something, hormone-charged Perth household. Tom is the desperate-for-a-girlfriend supermarket manager; Kevin an office administrator with a constant itchy right hand; and gay arts-student Claire complements the crew. The film sets the agenda from the outset with an intimate sex scene between Claire and her girlfriend. Claire's girlfriend hurriedly departs the household leaving the clan in need of a paying housemate. While shopping, Tom introduces himself to Emma, a visiting Melbournian actress checking out the housing vancancies on the community notice board. He invites her to be their housemate and Emma proceeds to lure all three into her seductress' trap. Soon the original three are pitched against each other, while manipulative Emma purrs gleefully, toying with her three trapped mice. Conflicts escalate, culminating in a near-fatal incident at Emma's birthday party.

This is a good observational piece dealing with typical share-house grievances and the tensions that arise when sex-starved 20-somethings find themselves in a house together. The films three protagonists negotiate boundries, sexual and household politics, and their own moral code. By the end of the film they are well on the road to discovering who they really are.

A cleverly timed black comedy with definite cult potential, this is a brilliant debut.
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