Alexandra Schepisi and Geoffrey Rush in The Eye of the Storm.
Alexandra Schepisi and Geoffrey Rush in The Eye of the Storm.

Stormy sex scenes for Schepisi

Alexandra Schepisi had two storms to contend with starring in her father's adaptation of Patrick White's The Eye Of The Storm.

As a professional nurse (Flora) to Elizabeth Hunter, a Sydneysider on her deathbed, Schepisi found herself in the storm surrounding her boss's death.

The other storm was playing out a sex scene with Geoffrey Rush in front of her father, director Fred Schepisi.

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Rush plays Sir Basil, a famous, struggling actor in London, son of Mrs Hunter who has come home to reconcile with his mother.

His sister Dorothy (Judy Davis) has returned with the same intention. Both, intend to claim their substantial inheritance.
Alexandra assures Pulse the sex scene wasn't as awkward as it sounds.

"Well, let's put it this way," she says. "It's not something I recommend you do at home, but, you know, it's not as awkward as it sounds. We always approach these things in a professional manner. We had a lot of drama going on around that scene so we had a lot of acting to focus on."

The scene is a turning point for both characters, Alexandra explains, as her character sees Sir Basil as an opportunity out of her current situation.

Flora is a country girl who has been living life in the city for several years. She wants to have children and she wants to build a future with Sir Basil.

Despite being concerned about working with her father, Alexandra says the experience was surprisingly easy.
"I was quite delighted by how much fun we had," Alexandra says.

The film is essentially about family, but Alexandra says she didn't learn anything about her own.

"The thing about this film is the wonderful relationships," she says. "People go in with a certain expectation, but when they leave you hear them talking about families."

Another aspect that comes out in the film is the comedic side of the dialogue which gets lost in the novel.

"Flora is quite a cheeky, strong ambitious and motivated character," Alexandra says.

Before taking on this role Alexandra starred in television programs The Secret Life of Us, City Homicide, Blue Heelers and Underbelly. She has worked on films as well including Matching Jack, The Boys Are Back and Little Deaths.

She has also followed in her father's footsteps, creating short films of her own. Her first, One Night, won several awards at film festivals around the world.

She is currently editing her second, Lois, which stars Jacki Weaver. So when is the full length feature coming out?
"I have a long way to go yet," she says, laughing.

The Eye Of The Storm opens at Lismore Birch Carroll and Coyle Thursday, October 27.



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