Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle - Ju­lian Wright

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.

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