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Beautiful Kate (2009)

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A writer reawakens his childhood trauma from the past when he returns home, at the request of his estranged sister, to grieve their father's impending death.

Director:

Rachel Ward

Writers:

Rachel Ward (screenplay), Newton Thornburg (novel)
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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 of brother/sister sex from the family's past. Written by IMDbDon

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The past is always present. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Finding the right location for the film was a challenge. It needed to be both a breathtaking and forbidding location at the same time. Screenwriter Rachel Ward had written the story with a property in the Northern territory in mind, but filming there was ruled out because, as co-producer Leah Churchill-Brown noted: "I knew we couldn't afford to go to Alice Springs, but also while we were developing the film, 'Australia' [2008] was being shot, and that was your big cattle station in the Kimberlys film, so Rachel re-wrote the script to make it work as a sheep station". See more »

Quotes

Ned Kendall: A man can live his whole life and never cop to his greatest achievement...
[In Australian English, to 'cop to' something, means to 'realize' it or 'become aware' of it]
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Featured in Beautiful Kate: Rachel Ward Interview (2009) See more »

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This Little Bird
Written by John D. Loudermilk (as John Loudermilk)
Performed by Tex Perkins and Megan Washington
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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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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,300,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,065,656
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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