One of two South Australian movies filmed in South Australia featuring singer-actress Kylie Minogue. The pictures are Cut (2000) and Sample People (2000). Both titles debuted in the year 2000 and were both shot around the same time.
Initially, producer Emile Sherman wanted actor Ben Mendelsohn to play the character of Andy who in the end was portrayed by actor Simon Lyndon. Writer-director Clinton Smith said: "But he always gets blokey roles so I wanted to cast him against type and he just fell in love with this camp goth, glam punk character."
Actress Kylie Minogue and actor Ben Mendelsohn had both previously worked on two Australian television series, 'Neighbours' and 'The Henderson Kids', as well as the Australian TV mini-series 'Fame and Misfortune'.
The picture's writer-director Clinton Smith called this movie "anti-soap" and said "it's 'Short Cuts' (1993) on speed, because it's a reaction to TV soapies with its anti-hero who's both good and bad. In fact all the characters are good and bad."
The movie's screenplay was work-shopped with the director and cast for more than a year. Writer-director Clinton Smith said: "We'd break into groups and workshop with the actors and change the script to suit. Then we'd do physical things, almost chronologically, and we did final blocking almost like theatre."
Of the movie's star, Kylie Minogue, writer-director Clinton Smith said: "She's so professional and really lovely and normal and just nice. You hear how big stars are often consummate professionals, and she's like that. Not at all demanding and ready to take direction."