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9th of April

Death Defying Acts

This is the story of the great Harry Houdini as he arrives in Edinburgh for the grand finale of his world tour in 1926. While his ingenious near-death escape stunts enrapture audiences, Houdini is more intrigued by notions of the afterlife.  He offers a prize to anyone who can contact the dead and reveal the last words uttered by his dying mother.


Mary, a struggling Scottish psychic, and her nine-year-old daughter Benji hear of the offer and decide to outwit Houdini. Instantly bewitched, Houdini is convinced that Mary is the woman he’s looking for. Mary soon finds herself seduced by Houdini’s charms and drawn into his world of illusion and dark secrets. As the stakes increase, it becomes a question of who is outwitting whom?


Director: Gillian Armstrong

Writers: Tony Grisoni and Brian Ward

Cast: Guy Pearce, Catherine Zeta Jones and Saoirse Ronan


The film won 4 awards as well as receiving 6 nominations at the Australian AFI awards.

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