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My Year Without Sex (2009)

  • Rate: 5.6/10 total 554 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 28 May 2009 (Australia)
  • Runtime: Australia:96 min
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My Year Without Sex (2009)


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  • IMDb page: My Year Without Sex (2009)
  • Rate: 5.6/10 total 554 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 28 May 2009 (Australia)
  • Runtime: Australia:96 min
  • Filming Location: Altona, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Budget: AUD 4,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $795,162(Australia)(19 July 2009)
  • Director: Sarah Watt
  • Stars: Portia Bradley, Jonathan Segat and Sacha Horler
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Aneurysm | Middle Class | Australian | Choir | Birthday

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Sarah Watt  written by

Known Trivia

    Plot: A tender story from Australia highlights the realistic ups and downs of an Australian family in the year following a parent's emergency medical procedure. Full summary » |  »

    Story: Natalie and Ross struggle to stay in the middle class in a Melbourne suburb, with their likable son and daughter, 12 and 7. Their lives are upended one August day when Natalie faints during a routine medical checkup: it's an aneurysm followed by major surgery, convalescence, and a doctor's advice to avoid heavy lifting, straining on the toilet, stifled sneezes, and orgasms. Over the next year, we watch the family in vignettes, one each month: domestic frustrations, a tempting colleague, Christmas, a pet fish, a holiday, a church choir and conversations about God, a chicken hawk, a birthday party, football games, and fears that another aneurysm is just a sneeze away.Written by <>  


    Synopsis: MY YEAR WITHOUT SEX is kind of a love story about a family dealing with all the big questions and even more of the small ones. Set over one messy year, Ross and Natalie and their two kids, Louis and Ruby, navigate nits, faith, Christmas, job insecurity, footy practice, more nits, and whether they will ever have sex again.


    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Andrew Barlow known as executive producer
    • Barbara Gibbs known as line producer
    • Bridget Ikin known as producer
    • Barbara Masel known as associate producer
    • John Maynard known as executive producer
    • Andrew Myer known as executive producer
    • Paul Wiegard known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Portia Bradley known as Ruby
    • Jonathan Segat known as Louis
    • Sacha Horler known as Natalie
    • Matt Day known as Ross
    • Roy Davies known as Old Man
    • Catherine Hill known as Newsreader
    • Sonya Suares known as Rosie Singh
    • Petru Gheorghiu known as Con
    • Eddie Baroo known as Tim Donnelly
    • Travis Cotton known as Howard
    • Fred Whitlock known as Greg
    • Sean Rees-Wemyss known as Blake
    • Lauren Mikkor known as Georgia
    • Chloe Guymer known as Chloe
    • Katie Wall known as Winona
    • Daniela Farinacci known as Clinic Doctor
    • Rachel Maza known as Intensive Care Nurse (as Rachael Maza)
    • Libby Stone known as Natalie's Mother
    • Roger Oakley known as Natalie's Father
    • Scott Terrill known as Nurse
    • Rodney Afif known as Hospital Doctor
    • Maud Davey known as Margaret (as Maude Davey)
    • Tammy McCarthy known as Irene
    • David Vance known as Radio Technician
    • Joe Silato known as Swimming Club Santa (as Joe Siliato)
    • Anna Cattonar known as Pole Dancer
    • Debra Waters known as Pole Dancer
    • Klingon known as Bubblehead
    • William McInnes known as Antoinette / Radio Voice
    • Silas James known as Petrol Station Man
    • Benita Harrison known as Petrol Station Woman
    • Elke Osadnik known as Natalie
    • Carole Patullo known as Call Centre Worker
    • Leon Teague known as Call Centre Worker
    • Barry Main known as Call Centre Applicant
    • Lucienne Shenfield known as Call Centre Applicant
    • Lara Signorino known as Hairdresser
    • Sachin Joab known as Rohit
    • Stella McInnes known as Katie
    • Stella Maynard known as Friend
    • Chelsea Bruland known as Bubblehead's Rescuer
    • Marcelle Knapp known as Mother
    • Christine Hua Cao known as Mother
    • Greg Saunders known as Man in Foyer
    • Henry Ismailiw known as Patient
    • Matt James known as Wine Salesman
    • Mauricio Merino Jr. known as Tyson (uncredited)
    • Brett Robson known as Radio Station College (uncredited)
    • Clement Tang known as Radio Station Employee (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Nik Dorning known as prosthetic makeup

    Art Department:

    • Dylan Fox Kearney known as prop driver
    • Robert Molnar known as set dresser




    Production Companies:

    • Hibiscus Films
    • My Year

    Other Companies:

    • Adelaide Film Festival  funding (as AFF Investment Fund)
    • Australian Film Finance Corporation (AFFC)  funding
    • Cameraquip Australia  camera equipment provided by
    • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
    • Film Victoria  funding
    • Mana Music  music supervision
    • Real People Victoria  extras casting
    • Screen Australia  funding
    • Showtime Australia  funding
    • South Australian Film Corporation, The  funding


    • Footprint Films (2009) (Australia) (theatrical)
    • Strand Releasing (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Transmission (2009) (Australia) (theatrical)
    • Madman Entertainment (2009) (Australia) (DVD)
    • Paramount Pictures International (2009) (New Zealand) (all media)



    Other Stuff

    Visual Effects by:
    • Tony Bannan known as flame artist
    • Sean Lahiff known as assistant visual effects editor
    • Marty Pepper known as visual effects supervisor
    • Kevin Russell known as compositor

    Release Date:

    • Australia 19 February 2009 (Adelaide Film Festival)
    • France 15 May 2009 (Cannes Film Market)
    • Australia 28 May 2009
    • UK 20 June 2009 (Edinburgh Film Festival)
    • New Zealand 22 July 2009 (New Zealand International Film Festival)
    • Canada 13 September 2009 (Toronto International Film Festival)
    • Canada 10 October 2009 (Vancouver International Film Festival)
    • New Zealand 29 October 2009
    • USA 9 January 2010 (Palm Springs International Film Festival)
    • USA 13 February 2010 (Portland International Film Festival)
    • USA 12 March 2010 (limited)
    • Hong Kong 27 March 2010 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
    • USA 16 April 2010 (Wisconsin Film Festival)
    • USA 29 May 2010 (Seattle International Film Festival)
    • USA 13 July 2010 (DVD premiere)



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. Philby-3 from Sydney, Australia
      30 Mar 2012, 1:35 pm

      On the face of it this is pretty mundane stuff, a year in the life ofan ordinary Western Suburbs Melbourne family, but Sarah Watts,responsible for another charming domestic drama, "Look Both Ways", isable to invest the story with a great deal of charm. She demonstrateswithout resorting to soap opera clichés that life in the suburbs canindeed be life on the edge.

      Natalie (Sasha Horler) a hard-working mother of two suffers a brainaneurism, fortuitously while at the doctor's. She recovers but isadvised to avoid strenuous activities, including sneezing and havingsex with her loving husband Ross (Matt Day). In the next twelve months,each neatly packaged into an episode, life does not go easily. Nataliehas to give up her job, Matt is threatened with redundancy, the car iswritten off in a holiday accident, the clothes dryer self-destructs,the family dog is attacked, and the house gets more untidy than ever.But the family survives and the film ends on a positive note.

      This is a film most Australians would identify with. The family'ssituation is real and Watt generates a fair degree of humour out of it.There's Louis, a 12 year old Aussie Rule fanatic, Ruby, a cute 8 yearold, and a much-loved dog, Bubblehead. There are some dodgy richfriends they envy and Ross (a sound engineer at a radio station) has acollection of odd workmates. Christmas and Easter are times of trial aswell as celebration. Religious feeling hovers in the wings, especiallyin the person of former one-hit wonder pop-star turned priest Margaret(Maud Davey). Like most Australians the family are practisinghedonists, but Natalie's brush with death does stimulate some deeperquestions for them. Apart from the teasing chapter titles there's notmuch about sex in the picture, but there is a warm understanding ofwhat makes families work. These are ordinary people kept together bytheir regard for one another. Money matters but it does not rule them.There's not a lot of support from their friends but they get by,somehow.

      Sasha Horler puts in an extraordinary performance, and Matt Day'srather self-effacing character complements her beautifully. JonathanSegat as Louis the football fanatic is also extremely convincing.Unfortunately the $4 million budget does not leave a lot for promotionand this film will probably not be widely seen. It is more of a comedyand less of a drama than "Look Both Ways", but it is directed withassurance and flair.

    2. The Jash from Perth, Australia
      30 Mar 2012, 1:35 pm

      I really enjoyed this movie, although I felt it suffered a little froma common blight of Australian Cinema whereby directors and writersseemingly want to make a movie all things to all people. It wasinitially touted to me as a comedy but I think it would be better putinto the lighthearted drama category. When some catastrophic eventsoccurred within the first 10 minutes I wondered what I'd let myself infor. Many parts of it struck a chord with me, particularly the couplefighting to keep intimacy under the monotony and strain of everydaylife. Matt Day gives a stunning performance as the husband with a lotof his plate fighting temptation. I found the little pseudo clichétouches to be masterful, the lottery ticket, the guy at the movies -magic. Well worth a look, but take your tissues 😉

    3. Ed Yates ( from Australia
      30 Mar 2012, 1:35 pm

      The film explores how people go about making sense of their lives.Despite the reality of life portrayed in the film, Sarah Watt hasmanaged to put together a story that is incredibly funny as well ashaving a strong emotional resonance.

      The "truth" of the film comes from the way by which audiences will beable to relate their own lives with the everyday Australian characters,partly because of the brilliant performances of the cast, perhaps moreso because of the writing, direction and editing. There was nothingthroughout the entire film that broke me out of the narrative. Aspecial mention must go to Sacha Horler, who I have not seen inanything since Praise – she is just amazing – although the whole castwork exceptionally well.

      I loved Sarah Watt's previous film Look Both Ways, which like My YearWithout Sex also made me laugh and cry, so I had some expectationsgoing into this film. Expectations can be dangerous, as if theexperience of watching the film does not live up to them then they canbe crushed. But the blend of ideas, acting, direction to createconsummate storytelling meant that I was thoroughly entertained.

    4. larry-411 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:35 pm

      I attended the North American Premiere of "My Year Without Sex" at the2009 Toronto International Film Festival. The obviously titillating andsuggestive title may be a bit misleading, but writer/director SarahWatt has hit the jackpot with this sweet little Australian dramedy.After a brain aneurysm, Natalie (Sacha Horler) is advised by her doctorto avoid certain risky behaviors. Mayhem ensues. The script is sexywithout being too bawdy, but I'd recommend it for ages 14+ and thereare some Aussie references that may get past viewers. I loved the cutesoundtrack and clever structure, with title cards presenting each monthof the year as a separate segment with its own sexually suggestivetitle (Foreplay, Going Down…). But strong performances make this filmworth seeing.

    5. Anthony David from Australia
      30 Mar 2012, 1:35 pm

      I enjoyed watching this film. I laughed and I shed a tear. I would liketo watch it again as there are parts of the movie that are worthre-examining.

      Set in the inner western suburbs of Melbourne, this film touches onmany of the day-to-day issues that Australian families are concernedwith. Whether it be paying bills, how to bring up children, careermanagement and of course, inter-personal relations.

      At an even deeper level, this movie examines a post-Christian societyand some of the ways that people address the existential questions.

      Covering such a broad range of issues in a film means that only one ofthem is examined in depth. What keeps a marriage together "in sicknessand in health?".

      One thing did get under my skin. The annoying cliché that portrays thestruggling family as virtuous and their richer, flamboyant relatives asmorally deficient.

    6. sharkies69 from Melbourne
      30 Mar 2012, 1:35 pm

      Not many laughs from the audience at tonight's screening in Sydney. Istarted losing interest in this film around the time it got to 'May'.

      This is a mildly amusing comic drama about an average Aussie family andtheir year from hell. I found the film neither funny nor particularlymoving. You'd think it would be considering it is about a womanbattling back from an aneurysm and having huge doubts about her faith,relationship etc.

      The script just isn't polished enough and secondary characters (theblokey brother in law and his trophy wife etc) were like cardboardcutouts.

      The photography is unimaginative and the film seems dated, like it wasmade for television ten years ago.

      Disappointing. Like many Aussie films, this one needed a few moredrafts done before it was given the green light.

    7. brimon28 from Canberra, Australia
      30 Mar 2012, 1:35 pm

      When one enters a cinema noting that 90% of the audience is female, oneexpects 'chick lit' or a weepie. Sarah Watt is a great storyteller, butchick lit is not her scene. In episodic form, she portrays an ordinaryfamily as they experience near-tragedy and misfortune, but come out ofit with just a little bit of luck. This is a love story, and itportrays how a close family can overcome great stress by knowing lovefor each other. The key character is Natalie, played by Sacha Horler, abrave actor who can handle difficult parts superbly. Watt ignores theold rule: never appear with children and dogs. The children are trulyvery good, the dogs well-behaved. Does it help that members of theauthor's family are well represented? Look for 'Antoinette'. This isWatt's husband, William McInnes in drag. Another important character isMargaret, the one-time junkie pop singer, who essays a change as apriest, then surprises us all in the end. One hopes that this filmreaches the rest of the world uncut. There is some strong language, butit belongs. Watt cleverly inserts the odd 'plant'. We wait in vain forthe realization – Watt is an animator after all. And, yes, the audiencecame out smiling.

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