Kylie in The Delinquents

Kylie Minogue and Charlie Schlatter are pictured in this colour poster for the film The Delinquents.
Title:
Kylie in The Delinquents
NFSA ID:
435086
Year:
1989
Category:
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.