In a boost for the Australian film industry, the debut feature by Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott has been selected to compete at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Entitled Don’t Screw, With Jesus, Abbott’s film is a cautionary tale of a university student who falls pregnant after a one-night stand with an apprentice priest.
“The message of my film is a simple one,” said Abbott. “A woman should not corrupt herself – and certainly not corrupt a young man of religious inclinations – with base carnal acts, unless they are loving, monogamous carnal acts. When a young woman feels that the time is right to give herself to a man, I would hope, like any father would, that she would do it in such a way that she knows the paternity of the child that ensues. What happens in my fictional story – where the man, several years after the fact, thinks he is the father of a child that turns out not to be his – is obviously a rhetorical device. However, I hope it will get young women – and anyone who has slept with a young woman – thinking about how they should behave.”
Critics who have seen the film have lauded Abbott’s scriptwriting and directing talents. According to At The Movies‘ David Stratton: “Abbott’s traditional story telling and refusal to use handheld cameras are a welcome revelation.”
Don’t Screw, With Jesus stars Abbie Cornish (Bright Star, Candy) and Joel Madden (KFC, Vodafone). It also includes the last screen appearance of the late Australian superstar, Koko the Dog (Red Dog).
The film will screen in Australia every day from September 14 onwards.