Young Dr Shorkinghorn (Wenham) is on the verge of discovering the key to the ageing process and needs money to finish his work. Grace Michael (Mitchell) of the Grace Foundation could be the source of the money, but when he arrives at the estate for the weekend to discuss his work, he finds that his ex-fiancee, Kate (O\'Connor), is after the same funding - with the same project. But that is the leats of his problems, as he meets Grace\'s husband, Godfrey Usher (Rush), the country\'s Treasurer and closet Satanist. He and Kate are competing - and yet brought together - by the weird, startling antics of their hosts. It\'s the weekend from hell. They get their money - but at what price?
 

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In love, science and politics, anything is possible if you\'re willing to give up... A Little Bit of Soul.

I suppose we all have a healthy suspicion of politicians, but did you ever reckon the Federal Treasurer might be in league with the devil?... and is it necessary to sell your soul to obtain funding for artistic or scientific projects? In Peter Duncan`s very amusing new comedy A Little Bit of Soul, which rings a few up-to-the-minute variations on the Faust theme, Geoffrey Rush plays Godfrey Usher, the decidedly eccentric man in charge of Australia`s finances and next in line for the very top job. Usher is married to Grace Michael, Heather Mitchell, who runs the Michael Foundation, a body which provides funding for approved projects. Dr. Richard Shorkinghorn, David Wenham, who`s endeavouring to discover the key to the ageing process, applies to the foundation for support; so does Shorkinghorn`s former lover and one-time assistant, Kate Haslett - Frances O`Connor; and all four wind up at Usher`s country house spending a weekend from hell... A Little Bit Of Soul was made quickly and inexpensively, without any government funding. But despite its low budget, this witty and thoroughly enjoyable - and provocative - film is a winner. The script is genuinely funny, the characters interesting, the situations intriguing. And the four principal players are faultless. Rush, in his first role since Shine, is all too convincing as the demonic politician; Mitchell brings her usual intelligence and grace to her character, Frances O`Connor is simply terrific as the flighty Kate, and the very versatile David Wenham almost steals the film as the kind of absent-minded scientist Cary Grant played more than once. A Little Bit Of Soul may have been made on a small budget, but there`s nothing small about its achievements.