Kate keen to ‘push the en­ve­lope’

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Local Focus - Ju­lian Wright

AUS­TRALIAN film­mak­ers and au­di­ences have a track record for be­ing brave, ac­cord­ing to WA-born ac­tress 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), takes 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, who stud­ied at Curtin Univer­sity, said she was keen to tackle the tricky topic, which was usu­ally deemed a no-go zone.

“I was ap­proached early on; Josh (Law­son, writer/ di­rec­tor) is a mate of mine and his writ­ing im­presses me,” she said. “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 was a chance to take on a role she had not yet played.

“Evie was dif­fer­ent to what I usu­ally play which is loud and ob­nox­ious; there is a sad­ness and yearn­ing to her,” she said.

While the film has some se­ri­ously edgy and racy mo­ments, the nu­dity and sex is kept to a min­i­mum.

“Josh doesn’t set out to of­fend, this is about truth and hon­esty,” Mul­vany said.

The Lit­tle Death re­leased Septem­ber 25.

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Kate Mul­vany as Evie in The Lit­tle Death.

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