This clever, deadpan comedy remains one of the most audacious and underrated Australian films of the nineties. As well as its memorable performances by Otto and Frith, Love Serenade is notable for the sizable number of female talent behind the camera including cinematographer Mandy Walker (Australia, Lantana), costume designer Anna Borghesi (Ned Kelly, Mao’s Last Dancer), editor Denise Haratzis (Look Both Ways)and legendary film producer Jan Chapman (The Piano, The Babadook).
Love Serenade originally screened at ACMI in 2007 and returns as part of our 10th anniversary celebration of Australian Perspectives.
“A far cry from the kind of brash, bold Aussie film that occasionally clicks at Cannes, Serenade is comparable to Campion’s first feature, Sweetie, with its sad-funny approach to its two female characters, sisters who are hopelessly maladroit when it comes to matters of the heart. Barrett’s touch is far gentler than Campion’s, though her vision is equally satiric.” - David Stratton, Variety
13 Jun + 11 Jul
Winner of the Camera d'Or at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, Shirley Barrett's first feature is daring, bitingly funny and consistently surprising. Following hilariously jaded playboy par excellence Ken (George Shevtsov) and the two sisters whose hearts he sets aflutter – virginal tomboy Dimity (Miranda Otto) and Vicki-Ann (Rebecca Frith), all pastel femininity – Love Serenade satirises archetypes and gender roles with amusing panache.