Based on the novel in poetry by Dorothy Porter, The Monkey's Mask follows the story of street-smart, out-of-work Jill Fitzpatrick (Susie Porter) hired to work on the case of a missing young female student, Mickey. When the case becomes a murder hunt, Jill is hurled into a passionate liaison with Mickey's poetry lecturer Diana (Kelly McGillis) and enters the surprisingly seamy underworld of poetry, looking for clues. Blinded by her new infatuation, Jill is compromised in her search for the truth... until her own life is in danger.
Don't spank that monkey!
- The Monkey's Mask review by Kurtz
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This is a glum Aussie thriller featuring, if you’re that way inclined, extensive lesbian love scenes with Susie Porter and Kelly McGillis of “Top Gun” and “Witness” fame.
Porter plays a private investigator searching for the murderer of a truly abysmal young poet named Mickey (seriously, anyone forced to listen to her work would have been a suspect- I started to feel homicidal myself!) and she interviews McGillis as a potential witness before their involvement deepens into an affair. It’s a slow-moving story with a predictable outcome- even the sex is rather a yawn. At least we’re safe from Volume 2 of Mickey’s poems, though!