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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/24/2006
UPC: 0715515020428
Original Release: 1989
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:39:00

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Sally Bongers and approved by director Jane Campion; New Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack; Audio commentary featuring Campion, Bongers, and screenwriter Gerard Lee; Making "Sweetie," a new video conversation between stars Genevieve Lemon and Karen Colston; Campion's early short films: An Exercise 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; Gallery of behind-the-scenes photos and production stills; Original theatrical trailer; Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing; Plus: A new essay by film scholar Dana Polan

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sweetie
1. "Trees Scare Me" [3:56]
2. The Question Mark [5:45]
3. A Baby Alder [4:01]
4. "Big Sister" [4:11]
5. Meditation Class [4:07]
6. Appointment for Sex [4:42]
7. Sweetie [4:33]
8. Interruption [2:30]
9. A Day at the Beach [2:40]
10. Attempted Seduction [2:15]
11. Broken Horses [3:56]
12. Dad [4:10]
13. A Talented Little Girl [1:49]
14. Bob [:00]
15. Tricks [2:40]
16. Left Behind [3:36]
17. Road Trip [4:30]
18. Reconciliation [5:19]
19. Going Home [2:39]
20. Cleaning Up [4:55]
21. "Not Just the Plant" [2:19]
22. Family Business [4:45]
23. Tree House [3:37]
24. "Good Girl" [7:13]
25. "Love Me Always..." [2:17]
1. Color Bars [7:03]
1. Relationship Problems [3:56]
2. Framing/Superstition [5:45]
3. First Films/Film School [4:01]
4. Film School (Cont.)/Real-Life Models [4:11]
5. The Crew/Reactions [4:07]
6. Reactions (Cont.)/Commitment [4:42]
7. Narrative Gaps/Film Style [4:33]
8. Film Style (Cont.) [2:30]
9. Shared Language/Writing Process [2:40]
10. Writing Process (Cont.)/Story Structure [2:15]
11. Story Structure (Cont.)/Metaphor [3:56]
12. The Mom and Dad/Genevieve [4:10]
13. Louis Is Gerard [1:49]
14. Editing [:00]
15. Palettes/"Attention Is Love" [2:40]
16. Rehearsals/Costumes [3:36]
17. Nature [4:30]
18. Man's Softer Side [5:19]
19. Rebelliousness [2:39]
20. Signs [4:55]
21. Signs (Cont.)/"Sulky Bugger" [2:19]
22. Interpretations [4:45]
23. Tragedy/Filming Action [3:37]
24. Missing Scenes [7:13]
25. Generic Endings [2:17]
1. Color Bars [7:03]

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