Kylie in The Delinquents

Kylie Minogue and Charlie Schlatter are pictured in this colour poster for the film The Delinquents.
Kylie in The Delinquents
Access fees

This poster for the Australian film The Delinquents features its two young stars, Kylie Minogue and Charlie Schlatter.

The film was released in 1989 and Kylie caused a stir by turning up at the premiere with then-boyfriend Michael Hutchence from INXS.

Set in small-town Australia in the late 1950s Kylie’s feature debut is a coming-of-age love story between two teenagers whose parents disapprove of their relationship.

The two images contain obvious visual references to Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, USA, 1955) and Grease (Randal Kleiser, USA, 1978).

Kylie has said she grew up watching Grease and greatly admired Olivia Newton-John. She channels that sexy Sandy vibe effectively here through her hair, make-up and costuming – even down to the hoop earrings.

Schlatter’s hair and costuming evokes James Dean with a splash of Grease's John Travolta.

The film contained Kylie’s first ever on-screen sex scenes and the main image on the poster with that kiss and her sensual pose strongly hints that there is some saucy content in the film.

Notes by Beth Taylor