Age of Consent

Age of Consent

Director: Michael Powell, James Mason, Helen Mirren, Jack MacGowran

Cast: Michael Powell, James Mason, Helen Mirren, Jack MacGowran

     
 
James Mason is Bradley Morahan, an Australian artist far away from home and trying to prod his muse in the bowels of New York City. Disgusted with life in the big city, Bradley decides to return to his roots and heads back home to Australia. Once there, he decides to become a Gauguin primitive and sets up shop on a deserted island on the Great Barrier Reef. To his

Overview

James Mason is Bradley Morahan, an Australian artist far away from home and trying to prod his muse in the bowels of New York City. Disgusted with life in the big city, Bradley decides to return to his roots and heads back home to Australia. Once there, he decides to become a Gauguin primitive and sets up shop on a deserted island on the Great Barrier Reef. To his disappointment, however, he discovers the island is populated by a drunken old harridan (Neva Carr-Glyn) and her attractive granddaughter Cora (Helen Mirren). One look at Cora, and Bradley excitedly begins to mix his pigments, offering Cora a job as his model. Soon enough, Cora goes native and poses for Bradley in the raw. Love is, of course, in the air. But just as things seem to being going fine in every way, Bradley's old friend Nat (Jack MacGowran) appears on the island out of the blue and proceeds to rob Bradley blind. Barely recovered from the theft, Bradley must also deal with an irate grandma, who discovers that Cora has been posing nude for Bradley and has been keeping her earnings hidden from granny. Bradley's island paradise is shattered and he finds he has to deal with an old woman threatening to turn him in to the authorities for having a minor pose naked before him and his easel. The character of Morahan was based on real-life Bohemian artist Norman Lindsay, who later became the subject of John Duigan's Sirens (1994).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
It's far from the glories of his partnership with Emeric Pressburger that produced The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus, and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, but Michael Powell's look at an artist recharging his creative batteries has its charms. Based on a novel by Norman Lindsay, the story will be familiar to fans of Sirens, the John Duigan film about Lindsay and his bevy of nude models posting in Australia's lush Blue Mountains. The scenery here is just as eye-catching, with Bradley Morahan (Powell's co-producer James Mason) decamping from New York to an island along Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Bradley allows nature to prick his muse, but its appearance of a young woman, Cora (the teenaged Helen Mirren, identified in the closing credits as a "member of the Royal Shakespeare Company") who really lights his fire. A comic subplot with Brad's drunken sot of a pal (Jack MacGowran) pursuing a local woman of some means, is pretty silly stuff, and the ending, with Cora's mean old granny conveniently out of the way and the young woman literally throwing herself at Brad, seems forced. But Powell elevates Lindsay's piffle into something intelligent and moving and, finally, rather autobiographical. The director had been wandering in the wilderness for a number of years following the failure of his scandalous Peeping Tom, and this film was his way of keeping his hand in. Sadly, whatever artistic success the fictional artist Brad gained managed to elude Powell.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/2015
UPC:
0683904541574
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
R
Source:
Mill Creek Ent
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
7,140

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Mason Bradley Morahan
Helen Mirren Cora
Jack MacGowran Nat Kelly
Neva Carr-Glyn Ma Ryan
Antonia Katsaros Isabel Marley
Michael Boddy Hendricks
Harold Hopkins Ted Farrell
Slim de Grey Cooley
Max Meldrum Television Interviewer
Hudson Fausset New Yorker
Eric Reiman An Art Lover
Frank Thring Godfrey
Dora Hing Receptionist
Clarissa Kaye Meg
Judy McGrath Grace
Diane Strachan Susie
Roberta Grant Ivy
Geoff Cartwright Newsboy
Peggy Cass New Yorker's Wife

Technical Credits
Michael Powell Director,Producer
Anthony Buckley Editor
Dennis Gentle Art Director
Graham Lind Camera Operator
James Mason Producer
John McLean Camera Operator
Stanley Myers Score Composer
Michael Pate Associate Producer
Peter Sculthorpe Score Composer
Anna Senior Costumes/Costume Designer
Hannes Staudinger Cinematographer
Ron Taylor Cinematographer
Tim Wellburn Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Yeldham Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Age of Consent
1. Chapter 1 [9:17]
2. Chapter 2 [6:20]
3. Chapter 3 [8:11]
4. Chapter 4 [13:55]
5. Chapter 5 [7:56]
6. Chapter 6 [11:36]
7. Chapter 7 [9:52]
8. Chapter 8 [10:23]
9. Chapter 9 [8:51]
10. Chapter 10 [7:08]
11. Chapter 11 [7:19]
12. Chapter 12 [5:32]

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