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Beautiful Kate (2009)

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A writer, Ned Kendall, is asked to return to the family home by his sister Sally, to say goodbye to his father who is dying. The family home is in a very remote and isolated area. While ... See full summary »

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Rachel Ward

Writers:

Rachel Ward (screenplay), Newton Thornburg (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Mendelsohn ... Ned / Writer
Sophie Lowe ... Kate / Ned's twin sister
Maeve Dermody ... Toni / Ned's fiancee
Rachel Griffiths ... Sally / Ned's sister
Josh McFarlane Josh McFarlane ... Cliff / Ned's older brother (as Josh Macfarlane)
Bryan Brown ... Bruce / Ned's father
Suzie Bavaci Suzie Bavaci ... Emily / Ned's mother (as Suzie Boyaci)
Scott O'Donnell Scott O'Donnell ... Young Ned
Eve Burner Eve Burner ... Young Kate
Heloise Baker Heloise Baker ... Young Sally
Daniel Binks Daniel Binks ... Young Cliff
Jarrah Cocks Jarrah Cocks ... Andy Cromer
Briony Kent Briony Kent ... Tamara
Travis Taylor Travis Taylor ... Local Band
Nicholas Kipridis Nicholas Kipridis ... Local Band
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A writer, Ned Kendall, is asked to return to the family home by his sister Sally, to say goodbye to his father who is dying. The family home is in a very remote and isolated area. While back home, Ned starts having memories of his beautiful twin sister and himself when they were children. These memories awaken long-buried secrets of brother/sister sex from the family's past. Written by IMDbDon

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What happened 20 years ago cannot be forgotten. It can only be confronted. See more »

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Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and nudity, language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film's closing credits declare that this production was: "Filmed on location in South Australia". The film's setting was changed from the environs of Chicago, USA in the source novel and is set in the Australian outback. It was filmed on location in South Australia's Flinders Ranges and in the state's capital city of Adelaide. See more »

Quotes

Sally Kendall: You want a cuppa?
Toni: Do you like being everyone's slave?... I'm sorry... You just do everything for everyone.
Sally Kendall: No, you're right. Tea's there. You can make it yourself.
Toni: I'm not saying you shouldn't... Don't you get sick of it, though?
Sally Kendall: Sick of what?
Toni: Well, fuck, if it was me, I'd leave the bastards to get on with it.
Sally Kendall: Probably bloody kill each other.
Toni: [Imitating Scarlett O'Hara] Well, Frankly, my dear, I'd risk it... Hmm.
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Referenced in At the Movies: Summer Special 2010/11 (2010) See more »

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Going Up the Country
Written by Alan Wilson
Performed by Kitty Daisy & Lewis
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Disturbing for most of us but good movie.
25 February 2020 | by deloudelouvainSee all my reviews

Beautiful Kate is a slow paced drama, with not much action but an overwhelming and disturbing story that will keep you interested for the entire movie. It's the acting that makes it all worth the detour. Ben Mendelsohn, Sophie Lowe, Bryan Brown and Scott O'Donnell made this unusual story watchable even though the plot will disgust more than one. Good job from Rachel Ward portraying this most dysfunctional family.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,300,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,065,656
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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