The Second

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The persona of a celebrated author is threatened when her best friend and muse reveals the dark secret behind her first novel's provenance, igniting an incendiary tale of sex, lies and betrayal.

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Critic Reviews for The Second

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (3)

  • A mostly engrossing mystery-thriller anchored by terrific performances by Rachael Blake and Susie Porter, though in the end it's a little unmoored by its own unnecessary tricksiness.

    Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • "The Second" is a sexy and satisfying thriller that toys with time, memory and the provocative side of storytelling.

    Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

    Eddie Cockrell

    Variety
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  • This remains, despite the onerous intellectualising, an engaging perspective explored with energy and verve.

    Jul 4, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Director Mairi Cameron creates an prestige aesthetic that affects a sense of haunting isolation, and writer Stephen Lance's script manipulates time and memory to weave a disturbing tale of creation. What secrets are entangled in this fiction?

    Sep 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Mairi Cameron's feature debut is a pretentious psychodrama with a strong cast struggling to sex it up and a sneaking suspicion that we're all being infuriatingly misled.

    Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This stupendously pretentious Australian drama is so one-of-a-kind awful, making another would just kill its chances of unwittingly becoming a cult/camp classic.

    Jul 5, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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