Plush (film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke
Produced by Jason Blum
Catherine Hardwicke
Sherryl Clark
Written by Arty Nelson
Catherine Hardwicke
Starring Emily Browning
Cam Gigandet
Frances Fisher
Xavier Samuel
Brandon Jay McLaren
Dawn Olivieri
Music by Nick Launay
Cinematography Daniel Moder
Edited by Julia Wong
Blumhouse Productions
IM Global Octane
Distributed by Millennium Entertainment
Release dates September 13, 2013
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,000,000
Box office $3,080

Plush is a 2013 American erotic thriller film directed by Catherine Hardwicke and co-written by Arty Nelson with music by Nick Launay & Ming Vauze. The film stars Emily Browning, Xavier Samuel, Cam Gigandet, Dawn Olivieri, Thomas Dekker, and Frances Fisher.


After losing her band mate and brother to a drug overdose, rising rock star Hayley finds herself in a downward spiral. The second album from her band Plush is received as a critical and commercial disaster. She finds new hope and friendship in Enzo, the replacement guitarist who inspires her to reach new creative heights. But soon their collaboration crosses the line sexually and Hayley, who is married with two children, retreats from Enzo’s advances. As Hayley slowly discovers Enzo’s dark and troubled history, she realizes she may have let a madman into her home and that her mistake may cost the lives of people closest to her.[1]



In 2012 Hardwicke announced her intentions to film Plush based on a script she wrote with Artie Nelson.[2] IM Global was named as the financier for the film,[3] which would star Emily Browning as the lead character.[4][5] Principal photography began on August 27, 2012 in Los Angeles.[6]

Teaser photos and posters were released on to the official website in August 2013.[7]


A tie-in novel based upon the film was released on July 27, 2013. The book, which is also entitled Plush, was written by Kate Crash, who also contributed several songs to Plush's soundtrack. The novel tells the story of the film and the nine years prior to the start of the film.


Critical reception for Plush has been predominantly negative and the film currently holds a rating of 33% "rotten" on Rotten Tomatoes based upon six reviews.[8] Christy Lemire gave the film a half a star, criticizing it as "inauthentic at every turn".[9] In contrast IndieWire gave the film a "B+", commenting that although Plush wasn't "high art", it did "commit fully and follow through with the courage of its convictions".[10]


  1. ^ Puchko, Kristy. "Emily Browning Up For Catherine Hardwicke's Plush". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  2. ^ McClintock, Pamela. "Catherine Hardwicke Circling Erotic Thriller 'Plush' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "IM Global to finance Hardwicke’s ‘Plush’". 28 August 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  4. ^ McClintock, Pamela. "Catherine Hardwicke's Erotic Thriller 'Plush' Finds Financing". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Emily Browning to star in Catherine Hardwicke's 'Plush'". 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Filming Begins on Plush Starring Emily Browning". 27 August 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Anderton, Ethan. "First Look: Emily Browning Gets Saucy in Catherine Hardwicke's 'Plush'". First Showing. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Plush". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Christy Lemire, Christy. "Plush (review)". Roger Ebert. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Taylor, Drew. "Review: Catherine Hardwicke's Musical Murder Mystery Melodrama 'Plush' With Emily Browning & Cam Gigandet". IndieWire. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 

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