The Little Death

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Australia | 2014 | 97 minutes | Josh Lawson

Taking its title from the French idiom for orgasm, “la petite mort,” writer-director Josh Lawson’s daring sex comedy explores the secret desires and fetishes of five couples in suburban Sydney. Director Josh Lawson scheduled to attend.

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The English language has countless terms for sex, but leave it to the French to poetically dub the orgasm “la petite mort,” or “the little death.” Writer-director Josh Lawson takes that idiom as the title of his daring sex comedy, which explores the secret fantasies and fetishes of five couples in suburban Sydney. From a couple whose role playing escapes the bedroom, to a man who desires his wife most when she’s asleep, to a sign language interpreter translating between a sex hotline and a very expressive deaf caller, Lawson’s edgy and ultimately warm-hearted film doesn’t shy from the awkward, the erotic, or the silly. It questions if there really is a “normal” and hints that we don’t always have to take sex (or ourselves) so seriously. Director Josh Lawson, who also stars in the film, purposefully cast talented but largely unknown actors so they could disappear into their roles and feel relatable to the audience.

Director Biography
Josh Lawson is a writer, director, and actor whom audiences will recognize from his role in Showtime’s House of Lies. He has written award-winning short pieces for film and theater and starred in several feature films. The Little Death is his feature directorial debut.

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  • Director: Josh Lawson
  • Principal Cast: Josh Lawson, Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany, Patrick Brammall
  • Country: Australia
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 97 minutes
  • Producer: Jamie Hilton, Michael Petroni, Matt Reeder
  • Screenplay: Josh Lawson
  • Cinematographers: Simon Chapman
  • Editors: Christian Gazal
  • Music: Michael Yezerski
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: SXSW 2015 (Audience Award Winner for Narrative Spotlight), Thessaloniki Film Festival 2014 (Audience Award)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: LevelK