Age of Consent – the original paintings
Stage actress Helen Mirren was in her early twenties when she was cast in British director Michael Powell’s second Australian feature film, Age of Consent (1969), based on a novel by Norman Lindsay. Mirren plays the part of Cora, a free-spirited teenager, living on a remote island on the Great Barrier Reef who becomes the model and muse (and maybe more) for jaded, world-weary, famous Australian painter Bradley Morahan, played by James Mason. Morahan has fled New York to rediscover his artistic powers.
As Morahan, James Mason is filmed drawing and painting Cora, often nude or semi nude, which made the film controversial in its day. The artworks he is seen creating were in fact made by artist Paul Delprat, Principal of The Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney’s oldest continuous fine art school. Delprat also created the paintings and drawings for the 1993 feature film, Sirens , another Norman Lindsay inspired film.
Delprat’s orginal paintings from Age of Consent were included in an acquisition we received of film posters, souvenir programs and other memorabilia.