Director: Sarah Watt
Runtime: 96 minutes
TV Rating: TVMA
My Year Without Sex is an Australian film written and directed by Sarah Watt, opening the 2009 Adelaide Film Festival and given wider release in May 2009. Set in Altona (suburban Melbourne), it is about a 30-something couple, Ross and Natalie, and their children Ruby and Louis, after Natalie suffers a brain injury and is forbidden from having sex for 12 months.
Watt has said that after her first film Look Both Ways, she wanted to make a film “without a sex scene”:
My Year Without Sex received strongly favourable reviews, and was touted by The Sydney Morning Herald as “possibly the best” Australian film of 2009 as well as “the most accomplished” local film of 2009 by The Age.
As with Look Both Ways, My Year Without Sex deals with the impact that serious illness has on individuals and relationships. The two films are reportedly part of a “proposed trilogy”.
My Year Without Sex grossed $1,125,871 at the box office in Australia,.