SLEEPING BEAUTY Review

     December 1, 2011

[This is a reprint of my review from the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Sleeping Beauty opens tomorrow in limited release.] Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty invites us into a world which unintentionally undoes its own effect. Ordinarily, the sex acts …

New Trailer for SLEEPING BEAUTY Starring Emily Browning

     October 12, 2011

A new trailer has gone online for Julia Leigh’s psychosexual drama Sleeping Beauty.  Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) stars as a young woman who becomes a prostitute offering a highly-specified fetish for high-paying clients.  The trailer is a bit misleading as …

TIFF 2011: SLEEPING BEAUTY Review

     September 13, 2011

Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty invites us into a world which unintentionally undoes its own effect.  Ordinarily, the sex acts and humiliation would shock us, but we’re asked to accept a reality in which every character passively accepts these depraved circumstances.  …

Teaser Trailer for THE HUNTER Starring Willem Dafoe

     July 27, 2011

The teaser trailer for Australian director Daniel Nettheim’s adaptation of The Hunter is now available online. Based on the novel by Julia Leigh (who directed this year’s Cannes-entry Sleeping Beauty starring Emily Browning), The Hunter tells the story of Martin …

Emily Browning Is a SLEEPING BEAUTY in the Sex Trade

     February 9, 2010

If you love organizing your movie collection alphabetically, you’re going to love this: Emily Browning will star in Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty.  However, this Sleeping Beauty isn’t so much of a Disney fairy tale as much as it’s “a haunting …