Plush is a 2013 American erotic thriller film directed by Catherine Hardwicke and co-written by Arty Nelson with music by Nick Launay and Ming Vauze. The film stars Emily Browning, Xavier Samuel, Cam Gigandet, Dawn Olivieri, Thomas Dekker, and Frances Fisher.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byCatherine Hardwicke
Produced byJason Blum
Catherine Hardwicke
Sherryl Clark
Written byArty Nelson
Catherine Hardwicke
StarringEmily Browning
Cam Gigandet
Frances Fisher
Xavier Samuel
Brandon Jay McLaren
Dawn Olivieri
Music byNick Launay
CinematographyDaniel Moder
Edited byJulia Wong
Distributed byMillennium Entertainment
Release date
September 13, 2013
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$2 million
Box office$28,864[1]


After losing her bandmate and brother to a drug overdose, rising rock star Hayley finds herself in a downward spiral. The second album from her band Plush is received as a critical and commercial disaster. She finds new hope and friendship in Enzo, the replacement guitarist who inspires her to reach new creative heights. However, soon their collaboration crosses the line sexually and Hayley, who is married with two children, retreats from Enzo’s advances. As Hayley slowly discovers Enzo’s dark and troubled history, she realizes she may have let a madman into her home and that her mistake may cost the lives of people closest to her.[2]



In 2012 Hardwicke announced her intentions to film Plush based on a script she wrote with Artie Nelson.[3] IM Global was named as the financier for the film,[4] which would star Emily Browning as the lead character.[5][6] Principal photography began on August 27, 2012 in Los Angeles.[7]

Teaser photos and posters were released on to the official website in August 2013.[8]


A tie-in novel based upon the film was released on July 27, 2013. The book, which is also entitled Plush, was written by Kate Crash, who also contributed several songs to Plush's soundtrack. The novel tells the story of the film and the nine years prior to the start of the film.


The score and soundtrack were produced by alternative post-punk producer Nick Launay and singer-songwriter Ming Vauz (Sleepmask). The soundtrack, initially conceived as a dramatic force for pushing the film's plot, featured music written and performed by Gary Numan (uncredited), Julian Shah-Tayler, Storm Large, Kate Crash, Anomie Belle, and Devix Szell. Leading actors Xavier Samuel, Emily Browning, and Thomas Dekker supplied vocal performances for their respective tracks.


Critical reception for Plush has been predominantly negative and the film currently holds a rating of 29% "rotten" on Rotten Tomatoes based upon six reviews.[9] Christy Lemire gave the film a half a star, criticizing it as "inauthentic at every turn".[10] In contrast IndieWire gave the film a "B+", commenting that although Plush wasn't "high art", it did "commit fully and follow through with the courage of its convictions".[11]


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  2. ^ Puchko, Kristy. "Emily Browning Up For Catherine Hardwicke's Plush". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  3. ^ McClintock, Pamela. "Catherine Hardwicke Circling Erotic Thriller 'Plush' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  4. ^ "IM Global to finance Hardwicke's 'Plush'". 28 August 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  5. ^ McClintock, Pamela. "Catherine Hardwicke's Erotic Thriller 'Plush' Finds Financing". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Emily Browning to star in Catherine Hardwicke's 'Plush'". 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Filming Begins on Plush Starring Emily Browning". 27 August 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  8. ^ Anderton, Ethan. "First Look: Emily Browning Gets Saucy in Catherine Hardwicke's 'Plush'". First Showing. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Plush". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  10. ^ Christy Lemire, Christy. "Plush (review)". Roger Ebert. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  11. ^ Taylor, Drew. "Review: Catherine Hardwicke's Musical Murder Mystery Melodrama 'Plush' With Emily Browning & Cam Gigandet". IndieWire. Retrieved 21 October 2013.

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