Age of Consent

Age of Consent

Michael Powell (1969)

A Certificate


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Michael Powell's final feature film is about an artist (James Mason) who runs out of inspiration and retreats to the Great Barrier Reef with his young model (Helen Mirren). "The film was full of nudity," wrote Powell, "but it is a painter's nudity." Filmed mainly on Dunk Island (now the Reef's priciest resort), it is undeniably beautiful and filled with engaging characters. Mirren is not the only actress who takes her clothes off; so does Clarissa Kaye, who later became Mason's real-life wife.


A disillusioned artist returns to his Australian roots to live in isolation on a remote island, where he unexpectedly finds fresh inspiration during an encounter with a young woman. She agrees to model for him, but the arrangement does not please her grandmother. Michael Powell's drama, starring James Mason, Helen Mirren and Jack MacGowran.

Cast & Crew

Bradley Morahan James Mason
Cora Helen Mirren
Nat Kelly Jack MacGowran
Ma Ryan Neva Carr-Glyn
Isabel Marley Andonia Katsaros
Hendricks Michael Boddy
Ted Farrell Harold Hopkins
Godfrey Frank Thring
Meg Clarissa Kaye
Director Michael Powell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Michael Powell ProdsAvailable on: video and DVD