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Australia 1996
Directed by
Chris Clarke
90 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
1.5 stars

The Inner Sanctuary

The Inner Sanctuary is a direly hackneyed film about a successful corporate accountant (Brett Climo) who gets sent to audit an inner-Melbourne (St Kilda to be precise, home to the real-life Sacred Heart and Anglican Missions) parish church that operates a half-way house for the homeless and drug-dependent, his exposure to the less-blessed leading him to an epiphanic revaluation of his own comfortably materialist existence..

With a cast of prominent television actors (Climo from All Saints, Kym Wilson from Brides of Christ and McLeod's Daughters, Lisa McCune from Blue Heelers0 it was presumably aimed at a similar demographic although the clichéd script, co-authored by Clarke with Boyd Hicklin, and equally dull direction will challenge even the most undemanding of audiences, the sincerity of the production notwithstanding. Samuel Johnson, who would later star in another very successful tele-series, The Secret Life Of Us, provides some much-needed spark whilst former small-screen star Gerard Kennedy is improbably cast as a down-to-earth Good Samaritan priest. Lord forgive us our failings.




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