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Peaches (2004)

This is the story of teenage girl Steph, who is brought up by her fiery aunt Jude after her pregnant mother Jass and Vietnamese father are killed in a car crash. The arrival of her late ... See full summary »


Craig Monahan


Sue Smith
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugo Weaving ... Alan
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Jude
Emma Lung ... Steph
Matthew Le Nevez ... Brian
Sam Healy ... Jass (as Samantha Healy)
Tyson Contor Tyson Contor ... Johnny
Catherine Lambert ... Kath
Giang Le Huy Giang Le Huy ... Thuy
Felicity Electricity Felicity Electricity ... Sandy
Poh Ling Yeow Poh Ling Yeow ... Chen Poh (as Ling Yeow)
Caroline Mignon Caroline Mignon ... Maria (as Caroline Mignone)
Duncan Hemstock Duncan Hemstock ... Kenny Carter
Ed Rosser Ed Rosser ... Grandpa
Peter Michell Peter Michell ... Dave
Adrian Shirley Adrian Shirley ... Thommo (as Adrian Shirle)


This is the story of teenage girl Steph, who is brought up by her fiery aunt Jude after her pregnant mother Jass and Vietnamese father are killed in a car crash. The arrival of her late mother's diary reveals the colorful, sexy secrets of Jude and the foreman Alan that allow Steph to reinvent her vision of the world. Written by GayAtheist

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Release Date:

9 June 2005 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Matomena mystika See more »


Box Office


AUD5,500,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The official 'Director's Comments' for this film by the movie's director Craig Monahan read: "At its heart 'Peaches' is an emotional mother daughter story. One I believe audiences will connect with. The character Steph has two mothers, one biological and one surrogate. This was my initial attraction/fascination to the project. 'Peaches' is a great love story. There are five relative relationships in the film and everybody loves somebody. Sue Smith's original script is not only beautiful but also sophisticated and intelligent and when I realized it was based in the writer's truth, I just connected all the more. The script manages to weave in and around the issues of immigration, single parenting, a permanent versus casual work force and polluted rivers. 'Peaches' is about what one generation leaves the next. From some sort of sexual freedom to fear, fear, and more fear. It is also set in two time frames, which offered a tremendous challenge, as it is one of the more difficult things to realize in cinema. One of the film's arguments is that sex can be a liberating and enjoyable experience. This, along with some of the elements previously mentioned, are not subjects or ideas that, for some reason, many Australian films explore...Central to that is the character of Steph, played by Emma Lung. I never saw her as a victim. While there has been great tragedy in her life, she is pro active, for better or worse, she is making the decisions and I liked that a lot. In the end she makes the biggest one of all...to leave. It is always important to be passionate about what you are making. 'Peaches' was a long time coming and all involved totally committed to it." See more »


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The Carnival is Over
Traditional Russian tune, lyrics by Tom Springfield
Performed by Jess, Jude, Alan and Johnny
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I enjoyed the journey.
8 March 2005 | by clarks-7See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the performances of the main cast. Emma Lung is courageous and interesting. The director has developed performances where the characters are not one dimensional. A complex story with the changing between eras. Also appreciated the underlying story of the unions losing power and the effect of a large employer closing on a small town. I do not agree with the comment that the older man has to be attractive. There have be many relationships with older men and younger women - without the male being good looking. Depth of character can be appealing to the not so shallow. The film has a good look and the cinematography is also good.

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