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FEELING SEXY: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Vicki and Greg (Susie Porter and Tamblyn Lord) were long-time sweethearts. They're now married and have children. Greg works as a doctor at a large hospital, leaving Vicki to run the house. The pressures of coping with children and the thousand and one tasks around the house are frustrating Vicki. Her life has become drudgery; and while Greg still loves her, it seems he never has time for her with his onerous hours at the hospital. Vicki longs for some romance, a sexual spark to ignite their marriage; and to return to her first love, painting. When a vacancy opens up for a teacher at an art college, she jumps at the chance. There she encounters a handsome art student with more on his mind than just painting.

Review by Louise Keller:
The good news is that Davida Allen's delightful film is now available on DVD for the first time. Fresh and fabulous from start to finish, this snapshot of a relationship that begins with romance before progressing to dirty nappies and beyond, is an absolute charmer. Davida Allen's use of the visual, coupled with her original storytelling techniques in her debut film, form a compelling interlude.

Allen has approached filmmaking from a different artistic springboard, and her future is rosy. Reality, fantasy and wishful thinking are beautifully woven into this tale of hopes, dreams and coming to terms with reality. Susie Porter steals every scene; she is vivacious, pert and totally endearing throughout. Porter finds the magic balance between comedy and drama; her sense of the ridiculous is always within bounds of credibility.

Part of the charm of Feeling Sexy is its understatement - we are given enough information to tantalise but never too much so as to stop the imagination from working. Apart from the two leading characters, the effective technique of representing babies, lovers and would-be sex objects generically is used to great effect.

A brilliant showcase for all concerned, Feeling Sexy is reflects an effervescent joie de vivre, which is both affecting and contagious. The only bad news is that the film is presented in full screen, not widescreen as it deserves.

Published March 20, 2008



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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

FEELING SEXY: DVD (M)
(Aus, 1999)

CAST: Susie Porter, Tamblyn Lord, Jack Thompson, Lindy Morrison

PRODUCER: Glenys Rowe

DIRECTOR: Davida Allen

SCRIPT: Davida Allen

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Garry Phillips

EDITOR: Heidi Kenessy

MUSIC: Not credited

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Hillary Austin

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Niche Pictures

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 23, 1999 - Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth (other cities January 13, 2000)

PRESENTATION: 1.33:1 Fullscreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: Newly created extras

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Madman

DVD RELEASE: March 19, 2008







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