by Rachel Ward
Country: UK
Year: 2009
Duration: 100'

Ned has been convinced by his sister to visit his dying father, whom he hadn’t seen or talked to in over twenty years. He returns home with his young fiancée Toni, who knows nothing about his family. The girl discovers that Ned had a twin sister, Kate, who had died when she was sixteen, that Ned had been very close to her and that his relationship had become even more intense by adolescent curiosity that bordered on desire. Distraught by the discovery, Toni goes away, leaving Ned in the throes of his most painful memories and his stormy relationship with his father.

“Some filmmakers want to make their audiences laugh, some want to scare them. Some want to thrill them. I want to move them. Beautiful Kate is a story of a family. A family who’s all too human mistakes leads to tragedy, recrimination, guilt and finally salvation. Beautiful Kate recounts the sexual awakening of three siblings growing up in isolation interwoven with the emotional journey of reconciliation between an estranged father and son.”


film director

Rachel Ward

Rachel Ward (Cornwell, United Kingdom, 1957) has starred in numerous international films, including Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, Against All Odds and The Umbrella Woman. She also starred in several television series, such as Dynasty, The Thorn Birds and On the Beach, and in the ABC series Rain Shadow, that was premiered in 2007. Since 2000 she has directed several shorts films which have screened in several international festivals. Beautiful Kate is her feature film directorial debut.


The Big House (cm, 2000), Blindman’s Bluff (cm, 2000), Martha’s New Coat (cm, 2003), Two Twisted (ep. Heart Attack, TV, 2006), Beautiful Kate (2009).


& Credits

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Rachel Ward
soggetto/story dall’omonimo romanzo di/from the novel of the same title by Newton Thornburg
Andrew Commis
montaggio/film editing
Veronika Jenet
scenografia/production design
Ian Jobson
costumi/costume design
Ruth De La Lande
Tex Perkins, Murray Paterson
Andrew Neil
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Ben Mendelsohn (Ned), Rachel Griffiths (Sally), Bryan Brown (Bruce), Maeve Dermody (Toni), Sophie Lowe (Kate a 14-16 anni/at 14-16), Scott O’Donnell Neda a 16 anni/at 16), Josh McFarlane (Cliff a 16-18 anni/at 16-18), Daniel Gill (Ned a 14 anni/at 14)
Bryan Brown, Leah Churchill-Brown
New Town Film, New Doll Production
vendita all’estero/world sales
The Works International