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DOBROWOLSKA, GOSIA: GOSH, IS THAT HOW HE SEES ME?

Gosia Dobrowolska talks to Paul Fischer about her latest character of repressed sexuality.

Polish-born Aussie actress Gosia Dobrowolska is about to make her debut on the big screen Ė that is, the REALLY big screen, in 3D and Imax no less. With her frequent directorial collaborator, Paul Cox, the beautiful star of Coxís A Womanís Tale and his latest, Lust and Revenge, is starring in the working titled House Guests, a film about the miniature pests that live in every home, to be screened at Imax theatres across America from May 1. "Thatís what you call making it big in America", she says laughingly.

"This is a very gentle, sweet film." Gosia Dobrowolska

Appearing in a film in which youíre not only twice the size of your normal movie image, but in 3D no less, was one of the more challenging jobs in her lengthy career. "It was incredibly technical", she explains. "The way you shoot, thereís no coverage of a scene or anything. Itís really tricky. I had to fly to Canada to audition, so that they all knew my head would look OK in 3D." Fortunately, she doesnít have to do anything as sexy as in many of the pother films she did for Paul Cox. "Oh no, this is a very gentle, sweet film."

Which is a far cry from many of the other films the actress has been seen in, mostly from individualistic director Cox. Their latest, Lust and Revenge, is Coxís most mainstream film to date, a clever and at times uproariously funny satire on the arts.

"You think thatís how Cox sees me, huh"? Gosia Dobrowolska on playing a sexually repressed character

Cecilia, (Dobrowolska) is deeper into new age out-of-body experiences than the here-and-now chemistry of sex.

This is not the first time Dobrowolska has played a sexually repressed character in a Cox film, a point which she finds amusing. "You think thatís how Cox sees me, huh"? she questions laughingly. But Cecilia is distinct from many of the Cox women Dobrowolska has played.

"It fits in more closely with his own, dark, sense of humour."

"Firstly, what makes THIS film unique, is that itís the first of his where youíre not expected to analyse any of the characters. With his other films, you tend to get close to their characters and their psyche, whereas this one satirises various groups within society, and I think Cecilia represents all those lost people who are looking for answers in the world." Dobrowolska sees Lust and Revenge as being different from many of Coxís more recent films "because it fits in more closely with his own, dark, sense of humour. Itís closer in style to some of his early work."

It also contains appearances by most of the actors cast in Cox films, such as Wendy Hughes, who received acclaim for two of Coxís best movies: Lonely Hearts and My First Wife. "Like all of us, Wendy was very keen to be a part of this film, but there were no female parts left." The solution to this vexing casting problem? "She plays a man." And so convincingly, that recognising her is an art form in itself.

"Heís one of the few film makers in the world who believes that cinema is an art form to be expressed." on Paul Cox

Adding a tinge of sadness to the film was the participation of the late John Hargreaves, who had also previously worked with Cox on My First Wife. "It was his last role. We knew he was ill, and though he looked it at times, he covered it with a truly brilliant performance. He inspired us all."

Dobrowolska hopes the film will find an audience, despite it being released at a tough time and with minimal notice. "Itís such a crowd pleaser. I was recently at a film festival in India and the film was SO well received, it was physically impossible for Paul and I to leave the cinema." Coxís films have never been huge box office hits, but the actress believes that his films deserve to be seen. "He has his audience and his admirers who truly love his work, and heís certainly a bigger success internationally than in Australia." Yet Cox still refuses to be drawn to Hollywood. "He has too much integrity. Heís one of the few film makers in the world who believes that cinema is an art form to be expressed."

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LUST AND REVENGE
(Australia)

CAST: Nicholas Hope, Gosia Dobrowolska, Claudia Karvan, Victoria Eagger, Chris Haywood, Norman Kaye, Ulli Birve, Max Gillies, Robert Menzies, Wendy Hughes, John Hargreaves, Bryan Dore, Pamela Rabe, Paul Cox.

PRODUCER: Jane Ballantyne, Paul Cox

DIRECTOR: Paul Cox

SCRIPT: Paul Cox, John Clarke

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Nino Martinetti

EDITOR: John Scott

MUSIC: Paul Grabowsky

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Neil Angwin

RUNNING TIME: 95 mins.

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Ad Film

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 17, 1997







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