Yesterday we announced the line-up for Cannes, but failed to mention the only Australian film in the competition – Sleeping Beauty.
We saw the trailer today and, we have to say, it’s worth a look. Sleeping Beauty is the début feature from Julia Leigh and it marks the first Australian film selected for the main competition since Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge opened the festival in 2001.
The film stars Emily Browning, who we saw take the lead most recently in movie flop Sucker Punch. However, this is a far cry from Sleeping Beauty as we know it – and it looks like it’ll be pretty different to the abundance of other fairytale adaptations soon to be coming our way, too.
Browning plays Lucy, a university student who appears to get sucked into a high class prostitution ring, where she is drugged for her clients pleasure.
The official synopsis for the film is as follows:
A haunting erotic fairy tale about Lucy, a student who drifts into prostitution and finds her niche as a woman who sleeps, drugged, in a ‘Sleeping Beauty chamber’ while men do to her what she can‘t remember the next morning.
The script grabbed Hollywood’s attention in 2008 when it made the Black List of unproduced screenplays and was soon approved for funding from Screen Australia.
Alice in Wonderland star Mia Wasikowska was originally attached to the lead but dropped out for her role in Jane Eyre.
Browning seems like just the girl for the job, giving off the right mix of sensuality and sweetness. The trailer is very intriguing indeed and we can’t wait to see more, what do you think?