MULVANY GETS INTO RISQUE ROLE
AUSTRALIAN filmmakers and audiences have a track record for being brave, according to former Curtin University student Kate Mulvany, and she is thrilled to be part of another movie that pushes the envelope.
Her latest film, The Little Death, delves into the taboo subject of sexual fetishes as it explores the sex lives of five Australian couples who need a bit of spice in the bedroom.
Mulvany plays Evie who, with her husband Dan (David Herriman), take their sex therapist’s advice and try role-play to improve their sex lives.
It is all fun and games until Dan discovers a long hidden interest in acting and takes the opportunity to dress up far too seriously.
Mulvany said she was keen to tackle the tricky topic, which was usually deemed a no-go zone.
“I was approached early on,” she said. “Josh (Lawson, writer/director) is a mate of mine and his writing impresses me.
“Josh said he really wanted me to do this film and God knows if it will ever happen, but I had not seen any film, from Australia or anywhere, delve into relationships and fetishes like this.”
Not only was she drawn to the cheeky subject matter, the movie gave her the chance to take on a role that she had not played previously.
“Evie was different to what I usually play which is loud and obnoxious; there is a sadness and yearning to her,” she said. “But I didn’t want to do any research because Evie is going along with what she is being told to do; Dave is dressing her up.
“The only thing I said I wanted to do was dress as Scarlett O’Hara because she is my favourite character of all time and when I looked on the internet, there were thousands of people dressed like her, so I guess a lot of people get their kicks out of dressing like her.”
While the film has some seriously edgy and racy moments, the nudity and sex is kept to a modest minimum.
“The film is a bit racy but I was not nervous about doing it,” Mulvany said. “Josh doesn’t set out to offend, this is about truth and honesty.
“I didn’t have to warn people about the story. My family have seen me do all sorts of thing on screen and stage. My mum asked me if it was OK to take my six-year-old niece Maisey and I said ‘no, you might want to wait a while before she sees this one’.”
The Little Death is released September 25.
Former Curtin University student Kate Mulvany as Evie in TheLittleDeath.