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Sirens (1993)

A repressed British couple, Anthony and Estella Campion, become inexorably intoxicated by the sultry air surrounding artist Norman Lindsay and his bevy of naked models, played by Elle Macpherson, Kate Fischer and Portia de Rossi (pictured at right).

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Anthony (Hugh Grant) is a priest – albeit a ‘progressive’ one with a taste for modern art and contemporary philosophy – and so he engages Lindsay in debates that ponderously dramatise the concerns of the film. A token emblem of class conflict is added to the discussion via the proletarian interpolations of Pru (Fischer).

Sirens is a film devoted to mellow compromises between all these extreme positions, rather than melodramatic confrontation. It is ultimately an extremely tame piece, in which nothing much really happens.

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This is especially so on the sexual plane. Everything is fantasy, titillation, languorous craving – at least for the women characters. since (as Norman assures us) they are the “embodiment of sexuality”

Anthony Campion
Hugh Grant
Estella Campion

Tara Fitzgerald
Norman Lindsay

Sam Neill
Sheela

Elle Macpherson
Giddy

Portia de Rossi
Pru

Kate Fischer
Rose Lindsay

Pamela Rabe
Lewis

Ben Mendelsohn
Tom

John Polson
Devlin

Mark Gerber
Jane

Julia Stone
Honey

Ellis MacCarthy
Bishop of Sydney

Vincent Ball

Director
John Duigan