Dorothea wants to save her sister Rose by marrying her to Lawrence. But Rose wants someone else. And Lawrence wants Dorothea.
Set in a highly-stylised nineteeth century New Zealand, Desperate Remedies is a film about a woman in control of everything - except her own heart.
This stylishly high camp melodrama from directors Stewart Main and Peter Wells won acclaim, after debuting at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. In the imaginary 19th-century town of Hope, draper Dorothea Brooks (Jennifer Ward-Lealand) is desperate to save her sister from the clutches of opium, sex and the dastardly Fraser. She begs hunky migrant Lawrence Hayes to help; but complications ensue. Inspired partly by 1930s and 40s Hollywood melodramas, Desperate Remedies was sumptously shot by Leon Narbey (Whale Rider).
1993: Cannes Film Festival - Official Selection, 1994: New Zealand Film and Television Awards (Best Male Performance in a Supporting Role: Cliff Curtis, Cinematography: Leon Narbey, Design: Mike Kane, Contribution to Design - Film: Glenis Foster, for her costume design), 1994: Asia-Pacific Film Festival (Best Direction: Peter Wells, Best Art Direction: Mike Kane), 1994: Turin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival(Audience Prize for Best Feature Film), 1994: Fantasporto, 1993: Sitges Fantastic Film Festival, 1993: Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya, 1993: Montreal, Miami, London, Kiev , Stockholm, 1994: Calcutta, Gerardmer Fantasy Film Festival , Flanders , Rotterdam , Singapore, 2002: Summer School Film Festival, 2003: New Delhi - NZ Retrospective
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