Cate Blanchett as: Lucinda Leplastrier
Directed by: Gillian Armstrong
Selected Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson & Richard Roxburgh
Written by: Peter Carey & Laura Jones
Release Year: 1997
Genre: Drama / Romance
MPAA Rating: R
In mid-1800’s England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Pentecostal family, he felt God told him through a sign to leave his father and his faith and join the Church of England. Lucinda is a teen-aged Australian heiress who has an almost desperate desire to liberate her sex from the confines of the male-dominated culture of the Australia of that time. She buys a glass factory and has a dream of building a church made almost entirely of glass, and then transporting it to the Australian Outback. Oscar and Lucinda meet on a ship going to Australia; once there, they are for different reasons ostracized from society, and as a result “join forces” together. Oscar and Lucinda are both passionate gamblers, and Lucinda bets Oscar her entire inheritance that he cannot transport the glass church to the Outback safely…
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• Ralph Fiennes
“She was also quietly perceptive, with a great sense of humor.”
“And if you hear a certain actor is going to be playing a part, that’s often a temptation. Like, it was fantastic working with Cate Blanchett. I saw a test she did, and she blew me away.”
• Lucinda: “You will preach what you do not believe to men who do not care.”
• Filmed in England, UK & Australia (view all.)
• Nominated for Oscar. Another 9 wins & 5 nominations (view all.)
• Cate starred in the movie Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997) with Richard Roxburgh as well.
• Cate starred in the play Uncle Vanya (2010 & 2011) with Richard Roxburgh as well.
• Cate has also starred in several plays with Geoffrey Rush.
• Cate also starred in the movie Veronica Guerin (2003) with Ciarán Hinds.
• Cate beat out Uma Thurman, Winona Ryder, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sharon Stone, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet and Meg Ryan for the role everyone wanted.
• Ralph Fiennes was the primary reason Cate was cast in this film. After seeing the screen test of hers, he fought and convinced Gillian Armstrong to make the choice of a lesser known actor from more established actors.