Love Serenade

Love Serenade is a 1996 Australian feature film directed by Shirley Barrett. It is a comedy film which has the tagline: "Two sisters will do anything to hook the right man."[1]

Love Serenade
Directed byShirley Barrett
Produced byJan Chapman
Written byShirley Barrett
StarringMiranda Otto
CinematographyMandy Walker
Edited byDenise Haratzis
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
20 May 1996 (1996-05-20)
Running time
101 minutes

There are not many characters in Love Serenade, which is set in a fictitious, almost-deserted town called Sunray, located on the Murray River. It is a thinly disguised version of Robinvale, Victoria, which was the location of the film.[2]

We are introduced to a pair of sisters, Dimity (Miranda Otto) and Vicki-Ann (Rebecca Frith), who share a house. Dimity, the shy and insecure sibling, is a waitress at a local Chinese restaurant. Vicki-Ann, the brash one, is a hair stylist. Both are looking for love, although the prospects in Sunray seem bleak, at best. That is, until Ken Sherry (George Shetsov), a thrice divorced Brisbane DJ personality, moves into the house next door.[3]

During the filming of the Silo Scene, Stuntman Collin Dragsbaek died when he fell onto a faulty airbag.[4]


  • Miranda Otto – Dimity Hurley
  • Rebecca Frith – Vicki-Ann Hurley
  • George Shevtsov – Kenneth 'Ken' Sherry
  • John Alansu – Albert Lee
  • Jessica Napier – Deborah 'Debbie'
  • Jill McWilliam – Curler Victim
  • Ryan Jackson – Boy on Bike (Ride)
  • Sabrina Norris – Beautiful Baby


The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Caméra d'Or.[5]

Box office

Love Serenade grossed $836,110 at the box office in Australia,.[6]

See also


  1. Love Serenade (1996)
  2. "Love Serenade". Film North West Victoria. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  3. Love Serenade review Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Cahill, Phillippe (13 May 1999). "Oz biz under fire after two stuntmen die". Variety. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  5. "Festival de Cannes: Love Serenade". Retrieved 20 September 2009.
  6. Film Victoria – Australian Films at the Australian Box Office
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