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Lantana (8-Jun-2001)

Director: Ray Lawrence

Writer: Andrew Bovell

From a play: Speaking in Tongues by Andrew Bovell

Music: Paul Kelly; with Shane O'Mara; Steve Hadley; Bruce Haymes; Peter Luscombe

Producer: Jan Chapman

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Manu Bennett
10-Oct-1969   Crixus on Spartacus
Barbara Hershey
5-Feb-1948   Boxcar Bertha and Mary Magdalene
Anthony LaPaglia
31-Jan-1959   Murder One
Geoffrey Rush
6-Jul-1951   Shine, Quills


Anthony LaPaglia   ...   Leon
Geoffrey Rush   ...   John
Barbara Hershey   ...   Valerie
Kerry Armstrong   ...   Sonja
Rachael Blake   ...   Jane
Vince Colosimo   ...   Nik
Russell Dykstra   ...   Mystery Man
Daniela Farinacci   ...   Paula
Peter Phelps   ...   Patrick
Leah Purcell   ...   Claudia
Glenn Robbins   ...   Pete
Manu Bennett   ...   Steve
Melissa Martinez   ...   Lisa
Owen McKenna   ...   Old Man in Pyjamas
Nicholas Cooper   ...   Sam
Marc Dwyer   ...   Dylan
Puven Pather   ...   Drug Dealer
Lionel Tozer   ...   Police Officer
Glenn Suter   ...   Police Officer
Natasha Guthrie   ...   Young Girl
James Cullington   ...   Man at Book Launch
Ashley Fitzgerald   ...   Eleanor
Keira Wingate   ...   Hannah
Angus Cripps   ...   Harry
William Cripps   ...   Harry
Kay Armstrong   ...   Woman Dance Partner
Jacomb Borra   ...   Jacob
Ben Mortley   ...   Jose
Gabriella Maselli   ...   Sarah
Richard Morecroft   ...   Newsreader
Lani Tupu   ...   Patrick's Lover
Lesley Hancock   ...   Lover's Wife
Angus McGuigan   ...   Lover's Child


Review by Michael Lesch (posted on 26-Oct-2008)

Lantana is a flowering tropical plant... and a very entertaining drama. This solid, well acted story weaving in the woes of adult relationships should have Hollywood taking particular notice of this impressive and overlooked Australian effort starring Anthony LaPaglia and Barbara Hershey. This is a delicate and complicated story of men and women getting tangled in adultery that somehow is subtly meshed within a baffling murder mystery. This does get complex but still remains surprisingly credible and keeps viewer glued with interest and fascination. Geoffrey Rush lends a subdued yet solid support but it's Kerry Armstrong's performance that like this story will tug at your heart strings as well as challenge your thinking.

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