The Little Death

Video Services Corp.,


The Little Death


A film by Josh Lawson

Opens in Toronto at Carlton Cinemas and On Demand and iTunes – June 26

Official Selection

2015 SXSW Film Festival – Winner, Audience Award “Narrative Spotlight”

2014 Toronto International Film Festival

“hilarious and swooningly romantic” – Harper’s Bazaar

“edgy and heart-warming” – Vanity Fair

“smart and wildly funny” – The Hollywood Reporter


‘The Little Death’ is the English translation for the French phrase ‘La Petite Mort’ – an idiom and euphemism for orgasm.

Director Josh Lawson is available for phone and email interviews


The Little Death is both an edgy sex comedy and a warm-hearted depiction of the secret lives of five couples living in Sydney, Australia. The film opens in Toronto at the Carlton Cinemas, and will be available On Demand and on iTunes on June 26.

The Little Death marks the arrival of Australian writer-director Josh Lawson, whose searing and sometimes shocking film explores a range of sexual fetishes and the repercussions that follow.

The Little Death is a comment on today’s society and a challenge to the idea of normality,” says  Lawson. “I think that modern society, especially thanks to the internet, has allowed people to come out of their shell more as a form of expression (even if its anonymously and in private). The internet gives people a forum to explore their sexuality.”

The film introduces us to eleven people, all struggling with emerging sexual proclivities. Paul (Josh Lawson) and Maeve (Bojana Novakovic) work through her attraction to sexual masochism (sexual gratification from humiliation, pain & suffering). Fear, danger and, ultimately, hilarity ensues.

Phil (Alan Dukes) and Maureen (Lisa McCune)’s marriage gets a wakeup call when Phil discovers his latent Somnophilia (sexual arousal from watching a person sleep).

Evie (Kate Mulvany) and Dan (Damon Herriman)’s newfound spark through role play fetishism (sexual arousal by pretending to be someone else) spirals out of control and it becomes harder and harder for Evie to trust the man she loves.

Rowena (Kate Box) and Richard (Patrick Brammall) want so desperately to have a child that their love and sex life has dissipated into a passionless routine. Rowena’s dacryphilia (sexual pleasure in seeing someone cry) threatens their relationship as she tries to jerk some tears out of her partner.

Monica (Erin James) meets Sam (TJ Power) through her job at a video call service for the deaf. Telephone scatalogia (sexual arousal from making obscene phone calls to strangers) could be the beginning of something beautiful…or not.

And finally, in the middle of it all is the mysterious Steve (Kim Gungell) (a former sex offender who has recently moved into the area). He has to, by law, introduce himself to his new neighbours, often doing so at uncomfortable moments.

“I felt it was important to cast unknowns or actors who could transform themselves,” says director Lawson. “We searched high and low for the right cast who could pull off the long and often intense dialogue driven scenes.”


About Video Services Corp 

Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. (VSC) is a leading independent all-platform film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. VSC’s DVD catalogue includes “Corner Gas,” SharknadoRichard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves, and Don Cherry’s Rock’em Sock’em Hockey series. Recent theatrical releases include Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, Alan Partridge, starring Steve Coogan, Iranian vampire sensation A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Cannes Selection Life Itself, and instant cult classic What We Do In The Shadows. Upcoming releases include The WolfpackBest of Enemies and Tangerine. | |