Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Everlasting Secret Family|
Actor: Arthur Dignam; Paul Goddard; Bruce Hughes; Mark Lee; John Meillon; Heather Mitchell; Helen O'Connor; John Paramor; John Clayton; Paul Davies; Vicki Luke; Beth Child; Bogdan Koca; Martin Raphael; Dennis Miller
Director: Michael Thornhill
Based on the life of a prominent Australian Politician, Everlasting Secret Family is a provoking film of morality to be rich in sexual nuance and dramatic conflict. The Senator (Arthur Dignam) and his peers meets as an ex... more »
Gay Palace Intrigue in Australia
interested_observer | San Francisco, CA USA | 11/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
""The Everlasting Secret Family" is a tale of gay relationship management set in south-east Australia in the late 1980s. The set-up involves a senator (played by Arthur Dignam), aided by a widespread network, who has arranged to take on a high school Youth lover (played by Mark Lee). The Youth adapts, but needs to navigate challenges as the senator's life evolves.
The direction and pacing are excellent. There are many twists, all with a counterpoint of fears and regrets expressed in side story lines. There are several successful sets involving parties and public meals. The ending is delightfully wicked.
The two main eye-candy characters, the Youth and one other, both supply good skin shots.
The major cheat of the movie is that these two attractive characters seem to be played by actors in their late twenties, rather than in their early and middle teens as the written script would suggest. (Of course, "Hamlet" won an Oscar with Olivier at 40.) Reimagining the movie with age-accurate actors gives it a different feel.
The DVD has some cheating too. Other than five chapter stops there are no extras. Although there are two pictures on the DVD cover of a shirtless Youth chained up, they don't appear on the DVD.
This is an enjoyable fantasy."
Not a complete movie! Some deleted scenes as always :(
Javier Rodriguez Dominguez | Spain | 12/06/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Why am I surprised? In these days is easy to find some movies with deleted scenes. I don't want to buy or watch movies without the original content. It is like take a look at half of Mona Lisa, don't you think? Why this studios not release the whole movie? :(
(sorry for my bad English)
Waited 15 Years For This! Worth It!
Draco & Harry Beloved | Santa Monica, CA USA | 11/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie in a small art theatre near Los Angeles fifteen years ago and have never forgotten it. Every so often I would engage in a search for it, but never had any luck till now. Like the previous reviewer, I wouldn't want to spoil anyone's pleasure by recounting the excellent plot, which is full of surprises and fun. But let me say that the actors are talented, attractive, and sexy and the story is exciting and provocative. Gay or not, you will really like it, if you have a pulse. If you're gay, even just a little bit, you may find it enthralling. Now that it's available at last in DVD, one of the top items in my life's important agenda is now satisfied. I envy you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see THE EVERLASTING SECRET FAMILY for the first time. You can only see it the first time once, so in that way it's like losing your virginity: it's out of this world wonderful, and you'll never forget it!"
A. Salgado | San Diego | 02/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Movie somehow really grabbed me. The Acting was really good and the plot was great. As funny as it may sound it had some deepness to it which really pulled me in I Highly recommend This Movie."