The Little Death


The Little Death (2015)


Critic Consensus: The Little Death may appeal to fans of dark, risqué comedy, but it's ultimately too rough and uneven to hang together as a wholly satisfying viewing experience.


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THE LITTLE DEATH, which marks the arrival of Australian writer-director Josh Lawson, is both an edgy sex comedy and a warm-hearted depiction of the secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney. Lawson's searing and sometimes shocking screenplay weaves together a story that explores a range of sexual fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them. Featuring an ensemble of breakthrough talent, the film was produced by Jamie Hilton, Michael Petroni and Matt Reeder; and executive produced by Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Josh Pomeranz, Viv Scanu and Stephen Boyle. (C) Magnolia

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Critic Reviews for The Little Death

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (17)

Frequently funny and sometimes perhaps offensive in the darkness of its humor.

Jul 9, 2015 | Full Review…

The Little Death is [Lawson's] feature film debut, and it's beautifully scripted, each of its five story lines working out the comic implications of a perverse urge.

Jul 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The mood will be too mild and shock-free for fans of Todd Solondz or early Neil LaBute; yet the film is sufficiently cool and quizzical to make you wonder where Lawson will turn next.

Jun 29, 2015 | Full Review…

There is simultaneously too much and not enough going on in writer/director/co-star Josh Lawson's feature debut.

Jun 26, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

In the end, the film doesn't work.

Jun 25, 2015 | Full Review…

Darkly funny, occasionally poignant and teeming with the unexpected.

Jun 25, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Little Death


Generally, kinky sex is depicted in very strange environments, and is often not consensual. This can be seen in shows like "Game of Thrones," and "Girls." There's generally no relationship between the two characters, and kinks are depicted as either tenets of mental illness or the power hungry machinations of bloodthirsty warriors. This film, while not perfect and is oddly formed, does a good job of normalizing the fetishes of everyday, normal people, most of whom are in relationships. Read more at

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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it's great to see an Australian film take a chance with this dark comedy genre. The humour is really pushed hard and doesn't always click but the actors do very well. The sign language scene is hilarious and a shame it's tacked onto the very end. Not all stories work but I found some the story elements really funny at times.

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

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