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Genres: Drama, Criterion Collection, Dysfunctional Families, Australia, 80s

Cast: Genevieve Lemon, Karen Colston, Tom Lycos

Director: Jane Campion

Synopsis: Though she went on to create a string of brilliant films, Jane Campion (The Piano, Bright Star) will always be remembered for her knockout debut feature, SWEETIE, which focuses on the hazardous relationship between the buttoned-down, superstitious Kay and her rampaging, devil-may-care sister, Sweetie—and on their family's profoundly rotten roots. A feast of colorful photography and captivating, idiosyncratic characters, SWEETIE heralded the emergence of this gifted director, as well as a renaissance of Australian cinema, which would take the film world by storm in the nineties.

Language: English

Country of Origin: Australia

Production Year: 1989


  • "A spectacular feature-film debut—a movie quite unlike any other you're likely to see.", The New York Times
  • "Thrillingly atmospheric... Macabrely funny.", The Washington Post


  • 1990: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film, Independent Spirit Awards
  • 1989: Winner, Best Screenplay, Australian Film Institute
  • 1989: Nominee, Golden Palm Award, Cannes Film Festival

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