Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Australia/United Kingdom, 1993. British Screen Finance Ltd., Samson Productions Pty. Ltd., Sarah Radclyffe Productions – Sirens Limited, WMG Film. Screenplay by John Duigan. Cinematography by Geoff Burton. Produced by Sue Milliken. Music by Rachel Portman. Production Design by Roger Ford. Costume Design by Tony Phillips, Terry Ryan. Film Editing by Humphrey Dixon.
Based on a true story, this sensual melodrama stars Hugh Grant and Tara Fitzgerald as a New Zealand pastor and his wife who are commissioned by the church to go visit a controversial artist (Sam Neill) and speak to him about removing his painting of a crucified Venus from an art exhibit. Expecting to educate the artist on a few things, the couple find the tables turned on them when they arrive at the exotic estate and are awakened to many new things they’d never explored before. With the help of Neill’s three sexy models, Fitzgerald especially is given an education in sexual awakening. Supermodel Elle Macpherson makes an excellent acting debut as one of the models, and you can also catch an early glimpse of Ally McBeal star Portia de Rossi as her colleague. Gorgeously photographed and featuring a delightful score by Rachel Portman.