Beautiful Kate

Overview

Celebrated British-born actress Rachel Ward (The Thorn Birds, Against All Odds) makes her feature directorial debut with this unique and occasionally provocative drama, featuring longtime husband Bryan Brown and produced in Brown's native Australia. A loose adaptation of the 1982 novel by Newton Thornburg (Cutter's Way), it transposes the events of that roman from Chicago to an Australian farm. Ben Mendelsohn stars as Ned Kendall, a fortyish author who takes his young, slightly uncouth girlfriend, Toni (Maeve ...
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Overview

Celebrated British-born actress Rachel Ward (The Thorn Birds, Against All Odds) makes her feature directorial debut with this unique and occasionally provocative drama, featuring longtime husband Bryan Brown and produced in Brown's native Australia. A loose adaptation of the 1982 novel by Newton Thornburg (Cutter's Way), it transposes the events of that roman from Chicago to an Australian farm. Ben Mendelsohn stars as Ned Kendall, a fortyish author who takes his young, slightly uncouth girlfriend, Toni (Maeve Dermody) along to visit his dying father, Bruce (Brown) a failed politician and farmer now cared for by daughter Sally (Rachel Griffiths) on the clan's Aussie property. The relationship between Ned and Bruce remains supremely dysfunctional, as father constantly berates and pushes his son; the focal points of their conflicts spring from the teenage death of Ned's twin sister Kate (Sophie Lowe) and the suicide of his older brother Cliff (Josh McFarlane). After Toni and Sally each storm out of the home in a nasty huff, director Ward intercuts two parallel narratives: the circumstances (including Kate's insatiable sexual curiosity during adolescence) that once led to the family's two tragic losses, and, in a contemporary framework, the delicate steps that Bruce and Ned begin to take toward reconciliation, in the period immediately preceding Bruce's death.
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Special Features

Cast & Crew Interviews; Deleted Scenes
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/21/2010
  • UPC: 741952687290
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Source: Ent. One Music
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 36,709

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bryan Brown Bruce Kendall
Rachel Griffiths Sally Kendall
Ben Mendelsohn Ned Kendall
Maeve Dermody Toni
Sophie Lowe Kate
Technical Credits
Rachel Ward Director, Screenwriter
Bryan Brown Producer
Leah Churchill Brown Producer
Leah Chruchill-Brown Producer
Andy Commis Cinematographer
Veronika Jenet Editor
Ian Jobson Production Designer
Ruth de la Lande Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Neil Sound/Sound Designer
Murray Paterson Score Composer
Tex Perkins Score Composer
Anousha Zarkesh Casting
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Beautiful Kate
1. Scene 1 [10:13]
2. Scene 2 [10:31]
3. Scene 3 [10:27]
4. Scene 4 [11:45]
5. Scene 5 [3:42]
6. Scene 6 [5:08]
7. Scene 7 [6:52]
8. Scene 8 [5:46]
9. Scene 9 [9:25]
10. Scene 10 [7:59]
11. Scene 11 [10:27]
12. Scene 12 [8:19]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Beautiful Kate
   Play
   Scenes
   Setup
      Subtitles
         English SDH
         English SDH: On
         English SDH: Off
      Audio
         5.1 Surround
         2.0 Dolby Digital
   Extras
      Trailer
      Introduction
      Interviews
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            Sophie Lowe (Kate)
            Rachel Ward (Writer & Director)
            Ben Mendelsohn (Older Ned)
            Rachel Griffiths (Sally)
            Scott O'Donnell (Young Ned)
            Maeve Dermody (Toni)
            Bryan Brown (Bruce/Producer)
            Leah Churchill-Brown (Producer)
            Andrew Commis (Director Of Photography)
      Deleted Scenes
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