• Dir: Jane Campion

  • Australia, 1989, English, 97min, 35mm

  • Cast: Geneviève Lemon, Karen Colston

She is her father’s sweetie, even though she is anything but. Sweetie revolves around the entangled, if not destructive relationships of a family whose indulgence on the younger sister becomes troubling: When Dawn dawns, the elder sister, Kay and her world are thrown out of their dreamy balance. Decidedly feminine and deliberately subversive, Jane Campion’s liberated feature debut already demonstrated assurance and ambition. Beautifully strange, it unsettled audiences almost thirty years back, and does the same to viewers even now. It is the soul opening up to speak to the world on her own terms that is unsettling.
35mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

1989 Cannes Film Festival, In Competition
1989 Australian Film Institute, Best Original

14.4.2018 (Sat): Post-screening seminar with Joyce Yang and Li Cheuk-to



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