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Age of Consent (1969)

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A grizzled Australian painter decides to jolt his stale creativity in a remote island on the Great Barrier Reef, where he meets an alluring young islander who becomes his enchanting model. Could the untamed girl be his long-awaited muse?

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Michael Powell

Writers:

Peter Yeldham (screenplay), Norman Lindsay (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Mason ... Bradley Morahan
Helen Mirren ... Cora
Jack MacGowran ... Nat Kelly
Neva Carr-Glynn Neva Carr-Glynn ... Ma Ryan (as Neva Carr-Glyn)
Andonia Katsaros Andonia Katsaros ... Isabel Marley
Michael Boddy Michael Boddy ... Hendricks
Harold Hopkins ... Ted Farrell
Slim DeGrey Slim DeGrey ... Cooley (as Slim De Grey)
Max Meldrum Max Meldrum ... TV Interviewer
Hudson Faucett Hudson Faucett ... New Yorker (as Hudson Faussett)
Peggy Cass ... His Wife
Eric Reiman Eric Reiman ... An Art Lover
Frank Thring ... Godfrey
Tommy Hanlon Jr. Tommy Hanlon Jr. ... Levi-Strauss (as Tommy Hanlon Jnr.)
Dora Hing Dora Hing ... Receptionist
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An elderly artist thinks he has become too stale and is past his prime. His friend (and agent) persuades him to go to an off-shore island to try once more. On the island he rediscovers his muse in the form of a young girl.

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Filmed on Australia's Great Barrier Reef! See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Age of Consent See more »

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Production Co:

Nautilus Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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First of two Australian cinema movies filmed in Australia that starred English actor James Mason with the second and final being A Dangerous Summer (1982) about thirteen years later. See more »

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A studio version was made with a soundtrack by Stanley Myers. The original soundtrack by Peter Sculthorpe has now been restored. The Sculthorpe soundtrack was the director's choice. See more »


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I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight?
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A sweet and likable middle-age fantasy
26 November 2007 | by Bob-724See all my reviews

Age of Consent, from the novel of the same name by Norman Lindsay, is essentially a middle-aged man's fantasy -- but a sweet and likable one.

James Mason plays Bradley Morahan, a successful New York painter who has become tired of turning out the same old commercial tripe. He longs for home (Queensland, Australia) and the chance to experience life first hand, again. He rents a shack on a small island off the Great Barrier Reef and moves in with his dog Godfrey, stocking it with food, drink and oil paints.

The island is a tropical paradise, inhabited by fruit bats and several other characters content to have left the world behind. The granddaughter of one of the residents is a young girl named Cora, played by Helen Mirren. She supports her alcoholic grandmother by selling crayfish and oysters to the store on the mainland and dreams of getting away and becoming a hairdresser. Morahan is charmed by her and agrees to help her see her dream come true by paying her to model for him. She proves to be just the inspiration he needed and he begins to paint -- and live -- with renewed energy.

The film is easy-paced, amusing, and despite a few upsets along the way, leads to a fantasy conclusion. If you want to spend a pleasant couple of hours getting away from it all, I recommend seeing this film.

Directed by Michael Powell, it is now available on the Films of Michael Powell DVD along with A Matter of Life and Death (Stairway to Heaven), starring David Niven.


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