Free to Love: Cinema of the Sexual Revolution
dir. Frank Brittain, Australia, 1970, 35mm, 102 min.
This program contains adult content
“Impotency, homosexuality, frustration, nymphomania, lesbianism, bedroom antics… You name it, it’s in The Set, a film soon to be premiered in Melbourne!”
A rarely-seen, low-budget oddity, The Set is notable as the first Australian feature film with homosexual themes. Chock full of nudity and high camp, director Frank Brittain examines what happens when a young man checks out of his humdrum life falls in with ‘the set,’ the Sydney high society crowd. The film has never before been available on home video, though the groovy lounge and jazz/pop score by Sven Libaek has been reissued by the esteemed Trunk Records. The Set is presented in a rare imported 35mm print and is not to be missed!
Paul is a young working-class man who sells shirts at a Sydney department store and dreams of going to art school. When his girlfriend leaves for London, he becomes the protégé of renowned designer Marie Rosefield. Marie belongs to ‘the set,’ an upper-class clique of artists and eccentrics. These new connections offer Paul a job as set designer for flamboyant British stage director John L Fredericks. Helping Paul is Tony, a handsome student who is dating Paul’s cousin. As Paul becomes part of ‘the set,’ he begins a homosexual relationship with Tony. As the deadline for the set approaches, Paul starts to question his values and those of his new friends.
Free to Love: The Cinema of the Sexual Revolution has
been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage