A successful author riding high on the international acclaim of her first book, a sexually explicit autobiography, has everything – money, critical acclaim, and a new boyfriend who has fallen deeply in love with her and her wild literary persona. Everything is perfect, except the author is struggling to produce a second novel. She has writer’s block.
Attempting to meet her deadline, the author and her publisher boyfriend take a long summer weekend at her family’s country estate. When a beautiful friend from the past arrives out of the blue, a secret history becomes a dangerous problem. Throughout the course of the weekend, the women move from tenderness to war and back again, as rivalry, teenage nostalgia and a dark secret from their past all rise to the surface.
Starring Rachael Blake (Lantana, Sleeping Beauty), Susie Porter (The Monkey’s Mask, Better Than Sex, Two Hands), Vince Colosimo (Chopper, Stingers, The Secret Life Of Us, Underbelly), Martin Sacks (A Place To Call Home, The Cup, Love in Limbo) and Susan Prior (The Rover, Puberty Blues, Muriel’s Wedding), The Second follows the author of a celebrated erotic memoir, whose newfound success is threatened when her best friend and muse reveals the truth behind the memoir’s provenance, igniting an incendiary tale of sex, lies and betrayal.
Shot last year on location in Jimbour, north west of Brisbane, The Second, from first time feature film director Mairi Cameron, is written and produced by Stephen Lance with Leanne Tonkes as producer. Mind Blowing World is handling the theatrical distribution.
The Second is in cinemas now, and will hit Stan’s streaming service on July 20, 2018.