Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Little Death

Year: 2014
Run Time: 96 minutes

The Little Death

Focusing on the sex lives of five couples, THE LITTLE DEATH goes behind closed doors in the suburbs to uncover a hidden world of taboo fetishes. Stuck in carnal monotony, these individuals seek extreme ways to spice things up. Mauve wants her boyfriend Paul to rape her. Phil discovers sex is best when his wife Maureen is passed out on sleeping pills. Evie and Dan become obsessed with roleplay. And Rowena is so turned on by seeing her husband Richard cry, she goes to disturbing lengths to make it happen. There's also Monica and Sam who is deaf - strangers who meet through an awkward but endearing video relay phone sex session. Holding it all together is the presence of Steve, a comically creepy sex offender who recently moved into the neighborhood. Their newfound experimentation will certainly change their relationships, but maybe not in the way they planned. Director Josh Lawson effectively uses comedy to contrast the complications of forbidden sexuality; the strange urges that lead us searching for those short bursts of ecstasy. Sex is a weird thing. Sometimes you just gotta laugh about it. (In English and Australian Sign Language with subtitles) – E.F.

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Josh Lawson

Australian filmmaker Josh Lawson was born in Brisbane in 1981. He graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2001 and studied improv in Los Angeles, California. Lawson has worked as an actor since 1997, appearing in such movies as "The Campaign" and "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."


Jamie Hilton, Matt Reeder, Michael Petroni

Josh Lawson

Simon Chapman

Christian Gazal

Principal Cast
Josh Lawson, Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany, Patrick Brammall, Kate Box, Erin James, TJ Power

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