Arousing First Trailer for Julia Leigh's Cannes Film 'Sleeping Beauty'

April 14, 2011

Sleeping Beauty Trailer

"Such a pleasure to see such a unique beauty." Ohhh this ain't Zack Snyder's Emily Browning anymore! It was announced today that one of the 49 films in the 64th Cannes Film Festival selection is the feature debut of author Julia Leigh, a film called Sleeping Beauty. I stumbled across this trailer thanks to my friend @IONCinema who tweeted out a link to the trailer via the Australian website. But oh just wait, this is quite something to behold. It's just Emily Browning playing a high end prostitute, and watch out there's a little nudity so it's NSFW, but man does this look unbelievably intriguing. You must check out this trailer now.

Watch the first trailer for Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty:

A haunting erotic fairytale about Lucy (Emily Browning), a University student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of beauty and desire with prostitution, where her specialty is the 'Sleeping Beauty chamber.'

Sleeping Beauty is both written and directed by first-time Australian filmmaker Julia Leigh, who is a novelist making her major leap into cinema with this film. Sleeping Beauty is being presented by legendary Oscar winning director Jane Campion. The film was just slated for a Cannes Film Festival 2011 premiere, so there's plenty more to come as the festival gets underway in May. Stay tuned for updates from The Croisette.

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Reader Feedback - 48 Comments


hmm looks slow but somewhat interesting...

chilin on Apr 14, 2011


Has a strong Stanley Kubrick feel to it....I like it. The subject matter I'm not too thrilled with though...but looks beautifully done...I'm in.

Danimal on Apr 14, 2011


Wow, she is white!

Blackmanju on Apr 14, 2011


Wow, she is white!

Blackmanju on Apr 14, 2011


THAT! was not what i was expecting... like at all not only does it look interesting but im going to see it no matter what just because Emily Browning is so damn fine.

Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011


What are you 15? What is arousing about this considering the plot and the trailer which are both disturbing. Is this supposed to be some glorified tale of prostitution? The trailer doesn't do anything at all for my interest, just borders on disgusting.

li on Apr 14, 2011


valid argument. but this seems tamed compared to some movies I've seen.

Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011


I think the sexually disturbing nature of the trailer is exactly what makes it so arousing and intriguing.

Alex Billington on Apr 14, 2011


quit saying Arousing!

Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011


I'm aroused by you Xerxexx.

Daniel Vu Tran on Apr 14, 2011


no! back, back! The power of Christ compels you!

Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011


Arousing--present participle of arouse (verb): 1. To provoke (someone) to anger or strong emotions. It aroused me as well...To punch a hooker in the head.

Modern American Man on Apr 15, 2011


quit saying aroused! ahhh! XD

Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011


Are you being serious, it's arousing that she drugged and passed out while someone acts out their sick fantasy. Then the other girl in the trailer being taken in some car. Intriguing, more like exploitation disguised as arthouse.

li on Apr 15, 2011


whoa, I'm sure Billington didn't mean it like that. I hope at least.

Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011


I think you are a little pathetic and pretentious if you dont want to watch it then thats fine.. It is still art and art is subjective and opinionated but saying that so rudely is not even an opinion it is just an insult and you should keep your comments to yourself thankyou πŸ™‚

Paige_fitton on May 24, 2011


A movie where Emily Browning is a prostitute and has lots of sex? Count me in. As one of her clients :p Creepiness factor: 8 out of 10

Andrew Geczy on Apr 14, 2011



Paige_fitton on May 24, 2011


Am I the only one seeing the humor in the title of this post? Arousing? really? not hot or sexy or something else less personally descriptive. Because I'm pretty sure this title essentially says "This Movie Gave Me A Boner"

Lebowski on Apr 14, 2011


ditto. when in fact it's not that "arousing"

Gh on Apr 14, 2011


arousing and NSFW is why I'm here...loll

Gh on Apr 14, 2011


having said the above and having watched the trailer... She is a babydoll, she can't be a prostitute.... I love the word "UNAFRAID" when plenty of a**es and p's are shown

Gh on Apr 14, 2011


Nudity? I don't see any nud-ooohhhhhh there it is!

Chris A. on Apr 14, 2011


Seems Argento and Polanski inspired, although the trailer leaves me anxious to see more. I'm anticipating some greatness from this one!

Marcus on Apr 14, 2011


It looks... Italian.

M.K. Nielsen on Apr 14, 2011


...whatever, if Emily Browning shows some skin, i'm in. No? then what the hell this i just see, makes no sence.

Redguy on Apr 14, 2011


arranged prostitution...THE MOVIE!!!

Jason Avery on Apr 15, 2011


let's clear things up, i didn't see The Disappearance of Alice Creed for Gemma Artenton's boobs, i seen it because the trailer delivered and the movie was quite good. This seems just like a Kubrick or Polansky stuff, but not quite πŸ˜›

Redguy on Apr 15, 2011


What is "What rich men do on the weekends" for $500?

Guest on Apr 14, 2011



Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011


He's referencing Jeopardy is noting that this is what rich white men do on the weekends, lol.

Daniel Vu Tran on Apr 14, 2011


that's why I asked "What" I assumed the answer was Prostitutes...but I'm probably wrong.

Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011


arranged prostitution...THE MOVIE!!!

Jason Avery on Apr 15, 2011


Her characters don't seem to change much...different settings..but it seems like the same person, lol. She has amazing facial features though!

Atodeeisme on Apr 15, 2011


Who was narrating that trailer? It sounds a lot like Charlotte Rampling, but I couldn't find her listed in the cast on the IMDb page. Anyone know?

kellie on Apr 15, 2011


I'm pretty sure that's Rachel Blake, the older red-head in the trailer. I thought it was Charlotte Rampling as well! sounds a lot like her. Actually, Charlotte Rampling would have been perfect for that role!

Anonymous on Apr 16, 2011


Wow, the trailer is really compelling... might watch this out of curiosity and intrigue...

Leila Wong on Apr 15, 2011


I wasn't apprehensive to play the trailer but that was worth it.

Silencio! on Apr 15, 2011


Looks pretty good..:-)

Carmella M on Apr 15, 2011


strange πŸ™‚

Anonymous on Apr 17, 2011


I love twisted modern takes on classic stories. No I'm not talking about 'Zombies meet a Jane Austin Novel'. I'm think more in-inline with Freeway (Red Riding Hood twist with Reese Witherspoon).

Shawn Rhodriquez on Apr 29, 2011

43 thanks. I'm not into sad, little hookers that show their hoo-ha's to rich, old white men flicks. That's right, I said hoo-ha.

Hoo-Ha on May 6, 2011


she is young Katja Kassin!

Comodo on Jun 1, 2011


You might consider mobile users.

BJones on Jun 16, 2011


I saw Julia Leigh on ABC tonight. She made the comment "King David used to have drugged younger women in his bed at night". What an uninformed presumptuous idiot! Where id she get 'drugged' from, and where did she get for that it was for any nefarious purpose? King David was old (beyond sex) and in those day it was considered fair for a king to have a woman keep them warm in bed. She uses the bible for her own lying purpose - shame on you Julia!

Mrdedwalker on Jun 17, 2011


When I hear someone calling someone else "pretentious," "presumptuous," an "idiot," or any other similarly over-heated language, the accuser is almost always more guilty of those offenses than the accused.Β  It happens like clockwork.

Otto on Oct 12, 2011


Although I like the Kubrick like vibe, I fear this could be a modern re-imagining of "SalΓ², or The 120 Days of Sodom" which would make it a curiosity slash exploitation film dressed up in art house dressing. Only thing I fear is someone coming in here loving these sort of movies and then going on to claim "A Serbian Film" is Oscar materiel.

Johnny Neat on Nov 15, 2011

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