Beautiful Kate

Directed by Rachel Ward
2008
Australia
100 minutes
MA15+
Book Tickets
Save up to $7/ticket by purchasing a Flexipass!
In Rachel Ward’s feature debut, Ben Mendelsohn plays a man who returns to the isolated property where he grew up, to see his dying father (Bryan Brown).

After making some outstanding short films, actor Rachel Ward adapted an American book written by Newton Thornburg in 1984 (the only other film based on a Thornburg novel is Ivan Passer’s Cutter’s Way in 1980). Ned (Ben Mendelsohn), a writer, leaves the city and drives with his girlfriend Toni (Maeve Dermody) to the isolated property where Bruce (Bryan Brown), his father, is dying. Living with Bruce is Ned’s younger sister, Sally (Rachel Griffiths). Toni, bored and increasingly hostile, is an unsympathetic hanger-on, as dark secrets from the family’s past are gradually revealed – secrets that involve the young Ned (Scott O’Donnell) and his twin sister, ‘beautiful’ Kate (Sophie Lowe). Beautiful Kate is a riveting family drama that evokes the sort of mood Tennessee Williams once created. Flawlessly acted, with Brown giving an outstanding performance as the dying patriarch, the film is gripping from start to finish though the themes it explores, which include sibling incest, proved too confronting for some. The hothouse atmosphere of the remote homestead is superbly captured in this evocative, sometimes erotic, movie.

Festival guest: Rachel Ward


From the Collection of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Tickets

Mon 10 June
12:40pm
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Book Tickets Cancel
Year
2008
Classification
MA15+
Country
Australia
Language
In English
Director
Rachel Ward
Producer
Bryan Brown, Leah Churchill-Brown
Cast
Ben Mendelsohn, Bryan Brown, Maeve Dermody, Rachel Griffiths, Sophie Lowe, Scott O'Donnell
Screenwriter
Rachel Ward
Cinematographer
Andrew Commis
Editor
Veronika Jenet
Program Strand
David Stratton Selects
Company Credits
Distributor: Roadshow Films, Rights: Beautiful Kate Productions/Newtown Films
Cart
Clear Cart

Your cart is empty.

View over 500 sessions to find the right films and events for you!

Browse Program

Check out our list of films showing in your area

Browse Films

Donate Today
Help us bring you the best in cinema worldwide.
Booking Fee
$0
Subtotal
Total
Planner

Your planner helps you schedule your entire SFF experience. It shows sessions you've saved, purchased or added to your cart in a helpful timeline.

Sign in or register to save your planner!

Your planner is empty.

Use your planner to create your own, unique SFF experience

Browse Films & Events