The Book of Revelation (film)
|The Book of Revelation|
|Directed by||Ana Kokkinos|
|Produced by||Al Clark|
|Written by||Rupert Thomson (novel)|
|Music by||Cezary Skubiszewski|
|Edited by||Martin Connor|
|Box office||A$271,261 (Australia)|
The Book of Revelation is a 2006 Australian thriller drama film directed by Ana Kokkinos, which she adapted with Andrew Bovell to screen from the 2000 novel by Rupert Thomson. The film stars Tom Long, Greta Scacchi, Colin Friels, and Anna Torv. It was produced by Al Clark, with original music by Cezary Skubiszewski.
Daniel (Tom Long), an Australian classical dancer, is drugged and abducted in an alley by three hooded women. They proceed to hold him in an abandoned warehouse for about two weeks, mutilating him sexually and using him for their own physical and psychological gratification, before dumping him blindfolded from a car near his home.
Traumatised, Daniel neither reports his kidnapping and rape to the authorities, nor reveals it to family, friends or colleagues. In the aftermath, he loses his ability to dance and has problems readjusting to normal life. His sceptical live-in lover, a ballerina, suspecting that he was unfaithful to her during his absence, leaves him. Obsessed with finding the culprits, who he has reason to believe are from the vicinity, he dates every woman who bears a resemblance to his abductors, hoping to identify them. This leads him into trouble with the law, and to an eventual breakdown that may or may not prove cathartic. The film concludes on this ambiguous note, with Daniel weeping in the arms of a policeman.
Themes and Interpretations
Since release of the film there have been a number of interpretations relating to how Kokkinos re-imagined the rape-revenge genre. One interpretation is that the film successfully reimagines the rape-revenge genre through its role reversal of gendered norms: specifically the male rape victim as opposed to a female. 
- Tom Long as Daniel
- Greta Scacchi as Isabel
- Colin Friels as Olsen
- Anna Torv as Bridget/ The Leading Hooded Woman
- Deborah Mailman as Julie
- Nadine Garner as Margot
- Zoe Coyle as Renate
- Zoe Naylor as Astrid
- Odette Joannidis as Maude
The film was nominated for Best Screenplay - Adapted, Best Original Music Score and Best Costume Design awards at the Australian Film Institute in 2006. It won the Best Music Score (Cezary Skubiszewski) at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, where it was nominated for four more awards.
- "Australian Films at the Australian Box Office", Film Victoria accessed 11 November 2012
- Mcwilliam, K., & Bickle, S. (2017). Re-imagining the rape-revenge genre: Ana Kokkinos’ The Book of Revelation. Continuum, 31(5), 706–713. https://doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2017.1315928
- The Book of Revelation on IMDb
- The Book of Revelation at AllMovie
- The Book of Revelation at the National Film and Sound Archive
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