Directed by: Michael Powell, James Mason
Written by: Peter Yeldham
Produced by: Michael Powell
Other cast: James Mason, Jack MacGowran
Release date: May 14, 1969
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Running time: 1h 38min
An elderly artist thinks he has become too stale and is past his prime. His friend (and agent) persuades him to go to an off-shore island to try once more. On the island he rediscovers his muse in the form of a young girl.
→ There Is A Time Of Beauty… There Is A Day Of Yearning… There Is An “AGE OF CONSENT”!
→ Filmed on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!
→ Let yourself go …… they do!
• First major leading role in a cinema movie for English actress Helen Mirren.
• Actress Helen Mirren was aged about twenty-two years of age when the picture was made and released.
• The film’s closing credits under Helen Mirren’s cast billing specifically and unusually notate that “Miss Mirren is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company [RSC]”. Up until that time, Mirren had portrayed supporting roles in three theatrical feature films, one uncredited, Herostratus (1967), and one for the RSC, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968).
♦ When Mirren’s character strips off her frock beside the boat and dives nude, she is wearing only a pair of swim fins. However, when she gets to the bottom, she is wearing a dive mask and snorkel.
♦ In the scene where Helen Mirren is sitting nude in front of a mirror applying makeup, when her grandmother appears and strikes her on the back, they get into a scuffle. As the scene shifts, we can see that the formerly naked Mirren is now wearing a pair of white panties.