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Set (The)

Country: Australia, Language: English, 102 mins

  • Director: Frank Brittain
  • Writer: Diane Brittain; Roger Ward
  • Producer: Frank Brittain; David Hannay

CGiii Comment

It's been called a gem in Australian gay film history and definitely one of the first to deal with homosexuality...those who have called it a gem couldn't tell the difference between Woolworth's top-of-the-range glass ring and a diamond cluster by Cartier...

Did no-one notice the acting??? Ooops, neither did the director.

Brittain's script (presumably a nepotistic appointment) is moronic.

This is simple exploitation (even though it fails to deliver) - of actors willing to take off their clothes and of an audience willing to pay to see the aforementioned actors take off their clothes.

Unfortunately, it is not even titillating, a totally flaccid affair.

Frankly, it's only appeal now is as a curiosity. And, a painful one at that!

Thankfully, the Brittains never continued their film-making careers - this travesty certainly sealed their fate.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Depicting life amongst the arty 'set' in Sydney in 1969, it was one of the first Australian feature films to include homosexuality as a main theme.

Cast & Characters

Sean McEuan as Paul Lawrence;
Rod Mullinar as Tony Brown;
Hazel Phillips as Peggy Sylvester;
Denis Doonan as Mark Bronoski;
Amber Rodgers as Cara;
Brenda Senders as Marie Rosefield;
Ann Aczel as Leigh Radford;
Michael Charnley as John L. Fredericks;
Bronwyn Barber as Kim Sylvester;
Elza Stenning as Baroness Bronoski;
Tracy Lee as Theo; Lesley Berryman;
Muriel Hopkins;
Hugh Sawkins;
Ken Johnson