Sweetie

Sweetie

Director: Jane Campion

Cast: Genevieve Lemon, Karen Colston, Tom Lycos

     
 

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New Zealand-born filmmaker Jane Campion directs the darkly humorous family drama Sweetie. Thin and mousy Kay (Karen Colson) works in a factory and lives a dreary existence with her well-meaning boyfriend, Louis (Tom Lycos). One day, her sister Dawn (Genevieve Lemon) arrives with her so-called manager, Bob (Michael Lake). Nicknamed Sweetie, Dawn is everythingSee more details below

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Overview

New Zealand-born filmmaker Jane Campion directs the darkly humorous family drama Sweetie. Thin and mousy Kay (Karen Colson) works in a factory and lives a dreary existence with her well-meaning boyfriend, Louis (Tom Lycos). One day, her sister Dawn (Genevieve Lemon) arrives with her so-called manager, Bob (Michael Lake). Nicknamed Sweetie, Dawn is everything Kay is not: boisterous, impulsive, and overweight. Kay is consumed with uptight phobias, while Dawn hangs on to her unrealistic childhood dreams of show business. Meanwhile, their parents, Gordon (Jon Darling) and Flo (Dorothy Barry), are involved in a strange separation. Kay, Louis, and Gordon trick Dawn so they can visit Flo at a ranch in the Australian outback. Everyone gets together back at the family home where Dawn pulls an immature stunt, exposing the psychological realities of the situation.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Writer/director Jane Campion garnered worldwide attention at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival with her first full-length feature, the alternately whimsical and disturbing Sweetie. This color-saturated tale of two sisters -- the reserved, deliberate Kay (Karen Colston) and the uninhibited, childlike Sweetie (Genevieve Lemon) -- divided critics on its release, as it established many of the motifs that Campion would explore in her subsequent successes, An Angel at My Table and The Piano. When the film begins, Kay's sad-sack demeanor and passive behavior appear to be dissolving as she starts to take control of her life -- that is, until the younger Sweetie turns up on her doorstep. Lemon's performance is something to behold: She's a pale, fleshy Freudian nightmare in heavy eye makeup, prone to histrionics and sly turns of seduction. Without resorting to textbook feminist indictments of male culture, the film charts the havoc a husband's indifference and a father's misguided attention can play on the emotional development of two very different women. Campion would later use Lemon in The Piano and Holy Smoke.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2011
UPC:
0715515069519
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
6,121

Special Features

Audio commentary featuring Campion, Bongers, and screenwriter Gerard Lee; Making "Sweetie," a video conversation between stars Genevieve Lemon and Karen Colston; Campion's early short films An Exclusive in Discipline: Peel, Passionless Moments, and A Girl's Own Story; Jane Campion: The Film School Years, a 1989 conversation between Campion and critic Peter Thompson; Behind-the-scenes photos and production stills; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Genevieve Lemon Dawn/Sweetie
Karen Colston Kay
Tom Lycos Louis
Jon Darling Gordon
Dorothy Barry Flo
Michael Lake Bob
Andre Pataczek Clayton
Kristoffer Pershouse Boy in Tree
Norman Phillips Nosy Neighbor
Ken Porter Lead Jakaroo
Robyn Frank Ruth
John Negroponte Actor
Jean Hadgraft Mrs. Schneller
Paul Livingston Teddy Schneller
Louise Fox Cheryl
Ann Merchant Paula
Bronwyn Morgan Sue
Sean Fennell Boy clerk
Sean Callinan Simboo
Norm Galton Notary
Warren Hensley Man handshaker
Charles Abbott Meditation teacher
Diana Armer Melony
Barbara Middleton Clayton's Mum
Emma Fowler Little Sweetie
Irene Curtis Mandy
Gerard Lee Lead Jackaroo
Shirley Sheppard Nosy Neighbor
Ben Cochrane Boy in Tree
Larry Brand Sweetie's Funeral
Cedric McLaughlan Sweetie's Funeral
Doug Ramsey Sweetie's Funeral
Bruce Currie Man with Saw

Technical Credits
Jane Campion Director,Casting,Screenwriter
Martin Armiger Score Composer
Sally Bongers Cinematographer
Jane Castle Camera Operator
Wendy Freeman Makeup
Peter Harris Production Designer
Veronika Haussler Editor
Bernie Ledger Stunts
Gerard Lee Screenwriter
Amanda Lovejoy Costumes/Costume Designer
William MacKinnon Co-producer
John Maynard Producer

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