Sirens (1994)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Hugh Grant Anthony Campion
Tara Fitzgerald Estella Campion
Sam Neill Norman Lindsay
Elle Macpherson Sheela
Portia de Rossi Giddy
Kate Fischer Pru
Pamela Rabe Rose Lindsay
Ben Mendelsohn Lewis
John Polson Tom
Mark Gerber Devlin
Julia Stone Jane
Ellie MacCarthy Honey
Vincent Ball Bishop of Sydney
John Duigan Earnest Minister
Lexy Murphy British Bulldog Girl
Scott Lowe Station Master
Bryan Davies Barman
Lynne Emanuel Barmaid
Kitty Silver Pub Woman 1
Carolyn Devlin Pub Woman 2
Peter Campbell Articulate Drunk
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama
Director John Duigan
Producer Sue Milliken
Writer John Duigan
Studio Disney / Buena Vista
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 98 mins
Country Australia
Color Color
Plot
Australian filmmaker John Duigan (The Year My Voice Broke, Wide Sargasso Sea) has a taste for sensual art direction that occasionally flares up in a big, big way. With Sirens, he manages to turn oceans of female nudity into a slightly tongue-in-cheek decorousness that is neither unpersuasively arty nor purely soft porn. Starring Hugh Grant (and released the same year as two other Grant vehicles, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Bitter Moon, thus establishing him as a star), the film finds the handsome, stammering actor playing an Anglican priest newly posted to Australia. There, the clergyman's first mission is to convince a famously libertarian artist (Sam Neill) not to exhibit a painting with mixed erotic and religious themes. The experience of being at their host's anything-goes compound for a few days, however, nestled deep in the wilds and keeping company with uninhibited, frequently naked models proves terribly stirring for Grant and his character's timid wife (Tara Fitzgerald), the two of them a study in sexual repression. The film doesn't have a point so much as it does an appealing atmosphere of unbridled naturalism counterpointed by Grant's charming self-consciousness. Once you've grown accustomed to the phenomenal sight of an unclothed Elle Macpherson (who is actually very good in her acting debut as a semi-savage model) wandering toward the bank of a river, for instance, you realize she's only part of the amazing flora and fauna enriching this pocket of earth and the souls of our principal characters. --Tom Keogh
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 115
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 057373152607
Chapters 16
Release Date 2001
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color
Links
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