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The human touch - Jacqueline McKenzie, Chris Haywood, Aaron Blabey, Paul Cox

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Anna (Jacqueline McKenzie) is in her early 30s - she has a burgeoning music career as a singer, and has a loving relationship with her painter boyfriend, David (Aaron Blabey). Her remarkable voice and luminous presence command attention, and when Anna's choir holds a concert to raise money for a tour of China, she is noticed by Edward (Chris Haywood), a wealthy, cultured man in his 60s.

Accepting an offer to meet with Edward, in the hope that he will help finance the tour, Anna visits his imposing mansion. The dense artistic and erotic environment, so different from her own world, intrigues her. When Edward asks Anna to pose for a series of nude photographs, she sees no reason to refuse him. However, when David sees the results of the photographic shoot, he becomes jealous and unnerved by Edward's attention to Anna. The older man has captured an unseen side of Anna, a languid sensuality, and has started her on an intimate journey of self-discovery that can't be halted.

Persons of interest

  • Jacqueline McKenzie .... Anna
  • Aaron Blabey .... David
  • Rebecca Frith .... Desiree
  • Chris Haywood .... Edward
  • Kirstie Hutton .... Lucy
  • Julia Blake .... Mother
  • Norman Kaye .... Charles
  • Tony Llewellyn-Jones .... Psychiatrist
  • Simon McBurney .... Bernard
  • Terry Norris .... Ouspensky
  • Charles "Bud" Tingwell .... Step-father
  • Aden Young .... George
  • Paul Cox .... Screenwriter
  • Paul Cox .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Human touch is very arty. There is lots of art and standing around naked. It's about as erotic as one of those old paintings in a museum. You might as well stay home and have a wank.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Adult themes, sexual references, nudity)

Surveillance time

102 minutes (1:42 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 14 April 2005

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