Alexandra's Project

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Alexandra's Project
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Directed by Rolf de Heer
Produced by Rolf de Heer
Antonio Zeccola (executive producer)
Julie Ryan & Domenico Procacci
Written by Rolf de Heer
Starring Gary Sweet
Helen Buday
Music by Graham Tardif
Cinematography Ian Jones
Edited by Tania Nehme
Distributed by Palace Films
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release dates
  • 8 May 2003 (2003-05-08) (Australia)
Running time
103 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Box office A$844,494 (Australia)

Alexandra's Project is a 2003 drama/thriller Australian movie.


Upon returning home from work on his birthday, Steve—a middle class husband and father of two—finds the house dark and his family not home. He notices a chair, his television set, and a video tape obviously set out for his viewing. He turns the TV and VCR on, and begins to watch a tape made for him by his wife, Alexandra. The first clip shows his wife and children wishing him a happy birthday, but after the kids leave the room, Alexandra begins a striptease, and it appears to be nothing more than a birthday gift. As it progresses, however, it becomes clear that the tape is designed to humiliate and torture Steve for marital problems that Alexandra has been stewing about for years. While listening to his wife's complaints, he confirms his insensitivity by responding to the TV, "There's nothing here that a little Prozac wouldn't fix."[1] As part of her show, Alexandra feigns breast cancer, has sex with their neighbor, and tells Steve that neither she nor their two children are ever coming home.[2]



De Heer originally wanted to make the film so he could use a single location and use up various fragments of ideas he had accumulated.[3]


The film's World premiere was 14 February 2003 as part of the Berlin International Film Festival[4] and was released regularly as Cinema release on 8 May 2003 in Australia.


Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes assessed the film at 50% on its tomatometer with an average 5.4/10 rating.[5] The Cultural Post gave it three out of five stars.[2]

Box office[edit]

Alexandra's Project took $844,494 at the box office in Australia[6] which is equivalent to $996,503 in 2009 dollars.

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