In 1930s Australia, Anglican clergyman Anthony Campion and his prim wife, Estella, are asked to visit noted painter Norman Lindsay, whose planned contribution to an international art exhibit is considered blasphemous. While Campion and Lindsay debate, Estella finds herself drawn to the three beautiful models sitting for the painter’s current work, freethinking Sheela, sensual Pru and virginal Giddy.
John Duigan’s free-wheeling, erotic drama (based on a true story), with the tagline: “Be Seduced,” told about “sirens” who lived in a sensual paradise, and posed ‘au naturel’ for controversial and eccentric Australian painter-artist Norman Lindsay (Sam Neill) at his Blue Mountain estate.
It was noted for its generous, free-spirited modeling scenes, including the following (left to right in 2nd picture):
Sheela (Sports Illustrated supermodel Elle Macpherson in her film debut)
Rose Lindsay (Pamela Rabe)
Pru (Kate Fischer)
Giddy (Portia de Rossi), blonde
The sensual beauties swam naked to sexually awaken the latent urges of uptight English minister Rev. Anthony Campion’s (Hugh Grant) repressed wife Estella (Tara Fitzgerald). In an earlier scene, she ran in slow-motion in a white frock, and then suddenly appeared naked – there and inside a church. She was also sexually stimulated by the blind handyman (who also made a full-frontal nude appearance on a rock), who caressed her through her clothes.
The final image of the film was a long-shot of the naked sirens on an outcropping of rock.
Director: John Duigan