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The Rage in Placid Lake Details


Australian playwright Tony McNamara makes his directorial debut with the offbeat comedy The Rage in Placid Lake, adapted from his own play The Cafe Latte Kid. In his first feature film, indie rocker Benny Lee stars as a troubled teen named Placid Lake. The child of new-agey eccentric parents (Garry McDonald and Miranda Richardson), Placid spends his childhood getting picked on by bullies. Fortunately, he finds friendship with classmate Gemma Taylor (Rose Byrne), whose father (Nicholas Hammond) pressures her to excel in school. After Placid shocks the school with his dark student film, he gets into an accident that lands him in the hospital. Upon his recovery, he reinvents himself as an conservative insurance agent and engages in an affair of sorts with emotionally detached co-worker Jane (Saskia Smith). The Rage in Placid Lake was screened at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

  • Release date:May 17, 2003


Benny Lee
as Placid Lake
Rose Byrne
as Gemma Taylor
Miranda Richardson
as Sylvia Lake
Garry McDonald
as Doug Lake
Nicholas Hammond
as Bill Taylor
Francis McMahon
as Anton
Saskia Smith
as Jane
Nathan Dean
as Lachie
Socratis Otto
as Bozo
Jordan Brooking
as Young Placid
Eleeza Hooker
as Young Gemma
Claire Danes
as Girl at Seminar


Marian MacGowan
Ellery Ryan
Cezary Skubiszewski
Composer (Music Score)
Roger Ford
Production Designer
Lisa Meagher
Costume Designer
John Willsteed
Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Belletty
Sound/Sound Designer
Nikki Barrett
Rocky McDonald
Stunts Coordinator