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Sirens is a 1994 film written and directed by John Duigan and set in Australia between the two World Wars. The film stars Hugh Grant as Tony, an Anglican priest, asked to visit a notorious artist (Norman Lindsay, based loosely on that real Australian artist) out of the church's concern about a blasphemous painting the artist wants to exhibit, Crucified Venus. This is a list of film-related events in 1994. ... John Lawless Duigan, (born June 19, 1949 in Hampshire, England) is a film director. ... Jump to: navigation, search A world war is a military conflict affecting the majority of the worlds major nations. ... Grant is a champ ... The term Anglican describes those people and churches following the religious traditions of the Church of England, especially following the Reformation. ... A concrete and steel sculpture by Norman Lindsay depicting a female nude in an erotic pose Norman Alfred William Lindsay (February 22, 1879 – November 21, 1969) was a prolific artist, sculptor, writer, editorial cartoonist, and scale modeler. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Anglican Church of Australia, a member church of the Anglican Communion, was previously officially known as the Church of England in Australia (renamed in 1981). ... Blasphemy is the defamation of the name of God. ...


The artist is played by Sam Neill; Tara Fitzgerald plays Estella, the priest's wife, who accompanies him on the visit to the artist's bucolic compound in the Blue Mountains. The artist's models are played by Elle Macpherson and Kate Fischer; Portia de Rossi (in her film debut) plays the maid who has just begun demurely modeling for him as well. Mark Gerber plays Devlin, the "odd-job" man who also poses for Lindsay. Jump to: navigation, search Sam Neill Sam Neill (born September 14, 1947) is an actor best known for his film and television performances. ... Tara Fitzgerald (born September 18, 1967) is a British actress most widely known for her film roles in Sirens (opposite Hugh Grant) and the 1996 film Brassed Off . ... Blue Mountains of New South Wales The Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia, roughly 100 kilometres west of Sydney, are a range of sandstone mountains that reach to 1111 metres above sea level at their highest, One Tree Hill, and form part of the Great Dividing Range that runs... MacPherson on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine Elle Macpherson (born March 29, 1964, Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian supermodel and actress. ... Kate Fischer, Australian model and actress, one of the stars of the movie Sirens. ... Jump to: navigation, search Portia de Rossi on The Advocate Portia de Rossi is an Australian actress, working in the United States. ...

While both Grant and Neill play characters critical to the film's story, the film is really about Estella, who responds to the sensuality of her surroundings over the course of her visit to Lindsay's estate. Her relationship with Tony includes the intimacy and commitment needed in a well-rounded marriage, but is missing the passion, in all of that term's senses. Jump to: navigation, search It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Love. ... The distinction between sense and reference was an innovation of the German philosopher and mathematician Gottlob Frege in his 1892 paper Ãœber Sinn und Bedeutung. According to Frege, sense and reference are two aspects of the meaning of a linguistic expression. ...


All of Estella's senses are engaged by the backdrop for the film, a lush and dangerous landscape filled with the distinctive flora and fauna of Australia. It's all quite exotic to the "proper" English wife of a priest. Lindsay's voluptuous models (played by Macpherson and Fischer) live the libertine lives that Lindsay champions through his paintings and his animated postprandial conversations with her husband. Those scenes and conversations, and various brief glimpses of naked models and a naked Devlin, contribute to the stimulating environment. Jump to: navigation, search Senses are the physiological methods of perception. ... Flowers of a Yellow Box eucalyptus Australian flora, in order to cope with the extreme conditions present in much of Australia, has evolved to cope with a common set of conditions, namely the ubiquitous presence of fire; soils low in nutrients (due to a lack of recent — geologically speaking — volcanic... Jump to: navigation, search The Red Kangaroo is the largest macropod and is Australias heraldic animal, appearing on the Coat of Arms of Australia. ... Jump to: navigation, search Libertine is the name given to certain political or social groups active in Europe in the 17th century. ...


The surroundings and the lives of the models are siren calls which lead Estella to fantasize, and (with encouragement from the models) act on a few of her impulses. She suffers morning-after remorse about a late-night encounter with Devlin, and perhaps influenced by supportive words from her husband (who had witnessed her acting on one of her impulses, though not the one with Devlin), the film ends with a playful scene between the two of them. The scene hints at the possibility that she may find passion with her husband after all. A Greek amphora depicting Odysseus encounter with the sirens. ...


A separate story arc follows de Rossi's character as she grows up under the influence of the two models. It intersects with the primary arc in the person of Devlin, to whom de Rossi's character is attracted. In episodic storytelling media such as television, comic books and comic strips a story arc is an extended or continuing storyline. ...


Trivia

The start of the film has Grant's character walking past paintings in the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, including: The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) is an art gallery, open to the public, and located in The Domain in Sydney, Australia. ...

  • Spring Frost by Elioth Gruner,
  • The Golden Fleece (1894) by Tom Roberts,
  • Still Glides the Stream and Shall Forever Glide (1890) by Arthur Streeton,
  • Bailed Up by Tom Roberts, and
  • Chaucer at the Court of Edward III (1847-51) by Ford Maddox Brown.

Jump to: navigation, search Elioth Gruner (1882-1939), New Zealand-born Australian Painter, winner of the Wynne Prize seven times. ... Thomas William Roberts (8 March 1856 - 14 September 1931), usually known simply as Tom, was a famous Australian artist and a key member of the Heidelberg School. ... Sunlight Sweet, Coogee by Arthur Streeton (1890). ...

See also

The Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum is based in Faulconbridge of the Blue Mountains, Australia. ... The National Trust of Australia is a community-based, non-government organisation, committed to promoting and conserving Australias indigenous, natural and historic heritage through its advocacy work and its custodianship of heritage places and objects. ...

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