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||IMDB Rating: 5.1/10 from 1,254 votes
||Release: 10 May 2001 (Australia) /
||Genre: Crime, Documentary, Mystery, Thriller
||Director: Samantha Lang,
||Stars: Abbie Cornish, Bojana Novakovic, Brendan Cowell, Caroline Gillmer, Charlotte Rose Regan, Chris Haywood, Deborah Mailman, Jean-Pierre Mignon, Jim Holt, John Noble, Kelly McGillis, Linden Wilkinson, Marton Csokas, Susie Porter, William Zappa
||Synopsis: Jill Fitzpatrick is a 28-year old, street-smart, out-of-work private investigator wishing she wasn't celibate. Eager for the taste of adrenaline, she accepts a job investigating the disappearance of Mickey, a young female student. Jill quickly strikes a spark with the seductive Diana, Mickey's poetry lecturer. But it is not long before Mickey's strangled body is found. Distrusting the cops, Mickey's grief-stricken parents ask Jill to find her murderer. Jill is soon hurled into a passionate liaison with Diana as she enters the surprisingly seamy underworld of Mickey's life, looking for clues to her murder. For whom did Mickey write her sexually charged poems? What is the connection between Mickey and her two favorite poets? Who is leaving threatening messages in verse on Jill's answering machine? Blinded by her passion, Jill is compromised in her search for the truth - until her own life is in danger. Written by Strand Releasing <[email protected]>
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Dorothy Porter's book "The Monkey's Mask"
was a groundbreaker on numerous levels. The text
was a novel constructed from poetic verse ("is it
a novel or a bloody long poem"? one commentator
asked). Furthermore, Porter took a harboiled detective/
noir narrative and relocated it from the streets of NY
or LA to seamy inner-city Sydney. Where once we had
misogynist male gumshoes(i.e. Sam Spade), Porter gave us
Jill Fitzpatrick, a female detective who was also - and
proudly - a lesbian.
So how does it translate to film? Very interestingly, indeed.
The story (for those unfamiliar) entails Jill investigating
the disappearance and subsequent murder of Mickey Norris,
young Uni student whose amateurish poetry is laced with
and death. Jill's investigation leads her into Sydney's
incestuous poetry scene, and particularly into the bed
Diana Maitland, Jill's duplicituous lecturer. And that's
where trouble starts ...
Susie Porter and Kelly McGillis are brilliant as Jill and
Diana respectively. There is more emphasis given here to the
side of their relationship than there was in Porter's text,
and some of the sex scenes do, alas, border on fetishistic.
However, I was fascinated by the way their relationship
mediated by a whole range of other factors. There is class:
Diana is an uber-wealthy city dweller who dines at Darling
Harbour, while Jill is a working-class woman living in a
caravan on Sydney's exclusive North Shore. Also, Diana
is entwined in two seedy 'scenes': the poetry world, and
world of English/cultural studies academia. The seamy,
inhumane side of academia has been explored in films as
as Hitchcock's 'Rope' (which TMM bears a resemblance to
and that also had homosexuality as a theme) to the 1970s
film 'Bloodsuckers' (an appropriate title for Diana). In
Monkey's Mask, Diana talks down about her students (the
in her class love 'victim poetry', apparently). When Jill
her of Mickey's gruesome murder, Diana is more excited over
latest academic grant!
In support, Marton Csokas was brilliant as Diana's 'kept
Nick. He reminded me of Vincent Price's 'kept man'/
playboy in the 1944 noir classic 'Laura'. Unfortunately,
rest of the supporting cast are under-used. As Jill's
father, Chris Winwood is given little to do bar totter
with a whisky bottle. Then there is the talented Deborah
wasted in a thinly-sketched role as Jill's best friend (the
she is given to do is 'come onto' her friend during a time
grief, and that - as another commentator suggested - suggests
dubious link between lesbians and sexual voraciousness. This
a link that is made absolutely concrete in Diana's character,
whose evil is - in the film - largely attributed to her sexual
Also, the movie's conclusion was too neat and polished,
given all the ambiguity and uncertainty that preceded it.
The ending of Porter's book wasn't nearly as cut-and-dried.
And what was the point of Jill's closing line: "Forget
bitch"? Porter didn't mention that. Was its inclusion to
comfort the (conservative, hetero, etc) viewer that the
dangerous dyke relationship is over, and we can all sleep
and easy. Worrying stuff, indeed.
Having said that,though, Lang's 'The Monkey's Mask' is an interesting
contributionto the noir genre. Stylish and sensual, with some great
chemistry between the leads, it is intelligent entertainment that deserves
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, Bojana Novakovic
, Brendan Cowell
, Caroline Gillmer
, Charlotte Rose Regan
, Chris Haywood
, Deborah Mailman
, Jean-Pierre Mignon
, Jim Holt
, John Noble
, Kelly McGillis
, Linden Wilkinson
, Marton Csokas
, Susie Porter
, William Zappa
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