Love Serenade

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Love Serenade
Love Serenade (1996 film).jpg
Directed byShirley Barrett
Screenplay byShirley Barrett
Produced byJan Chapman
StarringMiranda Otto
CinematographyMandy Walker
Edited byDenise Haratzis
Distributed byBeyond Films (Australia)
Miramax Films (international)
Release date
  • 20 May 1996 (1996-05-20)
Running time
101 minutes
Box office$836,110

Love Serenade is a 1996 Australian comedy film written and directed by Shirley Barrett. It has the tagline: "Two sisters will do anything to hook the right man".[1]

There are not many characters in Love Serenade, which is set in a fictitious, almost-deserted town called Sunray, located on the Murray River. It is a thinly disguised version of Robinvale, Victoria, which was the location of the film.[2]

The film is about a pair of sisters, Dimity (Miranda Otto) and Vicki-Ann (Rebecca Frith), who share a house. Dimity, the shy and insecure sibling, is a waitress at a local Chinese restaurant. Vicki-Ann, the brash one, is a hair stylist. Both are looking for love, although the prospects in Sunray seem bleak, at best. That is, until Ken Sherry (George Shetsov), a thrice divorced Brisbane DJ personality, moves into the house next door.[3]

During the filming of the Silo Scene, Stuntman Collin Dragsbaek died when he fell onto a faulty airbag.[4]


  • Miranda Otto – Dimity Hurley
  • Rebecca Frith – Vicki-Ann Hurley
  • George Shevtsov – Kenneth 'Ken' Sherry
  • John Alansu – Albert Lee
  • Jessica Napier – Deborah 'Debbie'
  • Jill McWilliam – Curler Victim
  • Ryan Jackson – Boy on Bike (Ride)
  • Sabrina Norris – Beautiful Baby


The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Caméra d'Or.[5]

Box office[edit]

Love Serenade grossed $836,110 at the box office in Australia.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Love Serenade (1996)
  2. ^ "Love Serenade". Film North West Victoria. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  3. ^ Love Serenade review Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Cahill, Phillippe (13 May 1999). "Oz biz under fire after two stuntmen die". Variety. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Love Serenade". Retrieved 20 September 2009.
  6. ^ "Film Victoria – Australian Films at the Australian Box Office" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2010.

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