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LOVE SERENADE

Brisbane DJ Ken Sherry (George Shevtsov) arrives in small town Sunray, to be seized upon by his neighbours, two sisters (Miranda Otto, Rebecca Frith) who outdo each other for his affections, thinking he might be Mr Right. Wrong.

Review by Louise Keller:
"We’re all odd," says Ken Sherry (Shevtsov) in reply to Dimity’s (Otto) insecure question about herself. And "odd" all the characters appear to be, in a most entertaining, quirky film which satisfies. Performances are exceptional and each character with all his/her quirks is totally believable (in the context of the film) and very memorable. I loved the off-beat nature of the characters. George Shevtsov’s striking features and delivery in his role as the new DJ in town are wonderful to watch; Miranda Otto is superb as the awkward, gawky, shy sister who competes for the newcomer’s affections; Rebecca Frith is credible as her man-hungry sister Vicky-Ann; Albert, the Chinese restaurant owner who believes in saying what he thinks, singing in the kitchen and nudism is a great character and John Alansu is terrific in the role. I felt I had taken a peek into this dusty Aussie country town of Sunray and was privy to an entertaining and off-beat trip. Bravo Shirley Barrett! Shame the AFI didn’t recognise all this talent.

Andrew L. Urban:
Being surprised is one of the great joys of the cinema, and Love Serenade has enough surprises to fill its 101 minutes. It also has abundant wit, a rarity in a sea of wannabe comedies, marvellous and detailed production design, a wicked sense of fun…and a terrific cast. I first saw it before it was rushed to Cannes for its festival screening, when I was the only ‘audience’ among a handful of people involved with marketing the film. I saw it again two weeks prior to its release, this time with a larger, preview audience: they got into it from the beginning, laughing, giggling, ooohing and gasping (when a character does something AWFULLY weak but recognisably human). While it is certainly amusing, what makes Love Serenade compelling is the underlying truth it observes about male/female relationships - some of them at any rate. It is a subtle film that will linger with you for a long time.



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LOVE SERENADE
Australia


Sisters in search of love . . .


Dimity and one of the strange fish in her life


Alansu as Albert, Chinese for cranky chef?


Otto as Dimity, in outback Sunray

CAST: Miranda Otto, Rebecca Frith, George Shevtsov, John Alansu

PRODUCER: Jan Chapman

SCRIPT & DIRECTOR: Shirley Barrett

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Mandy Walker

PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Steven Jones-Evans

COSTUME DESIGNER: Anna Borghesi

EDITOR: Denise Haratzis

INTERNATIONAL SALES: Beyond Films

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Globe Films

RUNNING TIME: 101 minutes

AWARDS:

Camera d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 1996

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Globe Film Co

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: October 10, 1996

US RELEASE: July 18, 1997

Video Release: Mar 8, 99
Distrib: Siren Ent
RRP: $24.95







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