Man of Flowers

Paul Cox, 91 mins, Australia, 1983, 35mm. Source: National Film & Sound Archive of Australia's Deluxe/Kodak Collection. Courtesy: Illumination films.

Man of Flowers
Man of Flowers
Life, art and sensuality intersect in one of Paul Cox's most celebrated films.

Norman Kaye (who won an AFI for his role) stars as a reclusive older man who, in between playing the organ at the local church, pays a young artist's model to come to his house and strip for him.

Cox and co-screenwriter Bob Ellis draw a deft study of male sexuality, stunted and distorted by a painful childhood. Seen mainly through flashback, these haunting and sensitive scenes add a layer of psychological insight that stop short of turning Kaye's character into an object of ridicule.

The film's darker moments are balanced by its mordant wit, provided by a fine cast of supporting characters including Bob Ellis as a self-pitying psychiatrist and Barry Dickens as a postman who has strong opinions on the meaning of life.

Dates   Sat 14 Apr 2012, 4pm
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