BY CULTURE VULTURE & INTREPID TRAVELLER, MARK PIGOTT
PIC: The Little Death
The Little Death contains the funniest scene about telephone sex in the history of cinema and is worth seeing for that scene alone. The Little Death, written and directed by Josh Lawson, is a very funny multilayered film containing various stories relating to the sex lives and fantasies of a group of friends and neighbours.
The film opened at the Sydney Film Festival and the audience was laughing from the opening scene. It was difficult to hear all the dialogue during the phone sex scene (featuring Erin James and TJ Power) because of the waves of laughter rolling around the cinema.
The film commences with a scene about rape fantasy; a topic that is fraught with danger and in the wrong hands could be destructive and traumatic. However, Josh Lawson handles the situation well with humour and sensibly avoids the potential hazards of this subject.
Other fantasies explored involve being aroused by someone crying and the tragic and comic depths someone will descend into to make their partner cry, being aroused by inherently funny role-play which happens to turn into an obsession, and being aroused by the sight of a sleeping partner. These fantasies make for some comical set pieces. Even though the film’s subject is about very intimate feelings and subjects, the characters tend to get themselves into complicated and ridiculous situations through their failure to have open and intimate conversations. This is incidental, really, as the film is lots of fun.
There are consistently strong performances from the talented cast: Josh Lawson, Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Patrick Brammall, Lisa McCune, Erin James, Kim Gyngell, TJ Power, Kate Box, Kate Mulvany, Alan Dukes, Genevieve Hegney, Zoe Carides, Ben Lawson, Tasneem Roc, Paul Gleeson, Lachy Hulme and Russell Dykstra.
The Little Death is on general release from 25th September 2014. I thoroughly recommend it.