Located in the magnificent tropical scenery of the Far North of Queensland at Paronella Park director/writer Ben Hackworth (Corroboree) with some help from the late Billie Brown has made a film of romantic intrigue.
Renowned opera diva Celeste (Radha Mitchell) retired in her 40s to live with her husband on his crumbling but beautiful estate in Northern Queensland.
Ten years later after his death in a boating accident, aided by her friend and colleague Grace (Nadine Garner), a final concert is planned set in the gardens of the decaying ruins of the Spanish styled castle.
Celeste encourages her hot-headed stepson Jack, 26 (Thomas Cocquerel) to stay, and a new and dangerous relationship develops between them. He is haunted by his past, trying to escape money problems, and is being pursued by 2 thugs. She is uneasy about her coming performance and drinks. Both have mixed emotions about their unresolved relationship to one another.
There are many flashbacks where memory and what is real become enigmatic. The Australian cast do their best with limited dialogue but there is little background to create interest in the characters.
Radha Mitchell started her career in various TV series and has appeared in many Hollywood movies. She is probably best known for her appearance in Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda.
Jose Paronella built this heritage-listed pleasure garden and reception rooms for the enjoyment of the public. It was opened in 1935.
The rarely seen landscapes beautifully filmed by Katie Milueright are a great joy to see.
Now showing at Luna Leederville.
Watch the trailer…