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The complicated relationship between Percy Grainger, famous Australian-born early 20th century folk musician, and his abusive unstable mother that lead to his interest in S&M, instability and failed relationships with women.

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Peter Duncan

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John Bird (book), Rob George (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Roxburgh ... Percy Grainger
Barbara Hershey ... Rose Grainger
Emily Woof ... Karen Holten
Claudia Karvan ... Alfhild de Luce
Simon Burke ... Herman Sandby
Linda Cropper Linda Cropper ... Mrs. Lowery
Julia Blake ... Queen Alexandra
Bille Brown Bille Brown ... John Grainger
Martin Jacobs Martin Jacobs ... Doctor
Fiona Press ... Jenny the Maid
Genevieve Mooy Genevieve Mooy ... Ada Crossley
Peter Whitford ... Tour Manager
Jamie Croft ... Barrow Boy
Claire Paradine Claire Paradine ... Prostitute
Branden Zandstra Branden Zandstra ... Boy in park
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The complicated relationship between Percy Grainger, famous Australian-born early 20th century folk musician, and his abusive unstable mother that lead to his interest in S&M, instability and failed relationships with women.

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1999 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Passion: The Story of Percy Grainger See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Musical eccentricity in an English Country Garden?
29 April 2000 | by monabeSee all my reviews

The world knows Percy Grainger mostly for his folksong settings: of which the one about the English country garden is probably the most popular. Some know one or two of his more individual compositions, but (I suspect) relatively few know of his early explorations of electronic music and musical ideas that place his name with the pioneers of the avant garde of twentieth century classical music.

Percy's eccentricity was matched with a tortured(sic)sexuality that embraced a close relationship with his mother and a penchant for flagellation. The brief display of the latter is( I suppose) the reason for the "R" rating.

Richard Roxburgh's performance as Percy is excellent, and (apparently) very close to the real thing. Barbara Hershey is less convincing as Rose.

In my opinion, don't be put off by the "R" rating for this film.

I am sure many of those who stumble on this release will want to find out more about Percy Grainger and what made him and his music tick.

Not a great film, but a very entertaining one. It is very much more intelligently made than some more sanitised or fictionalised attempts to depict the nature of those who brighten our lives with their creativity.

If in Melbourne : do not miss the Percy Grainger Museum in the grounds of the University of Melbourne. It has lots of Grainger "artifacts" that document how close this film -flawed as it is - manages to recreate the setting, the times and the relationship with his mother.


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