Sleeping Beauty is a 2011 Australian Drama film that marks Julie Leigh’s debut as a director, and it is certainly a debut not to be forgotten. Emily Browning takes on the leading role, playing a University student whose life changes as she is drawn into a world surrounding both mystery and desire. Browning’s performance in particular has earned various rave reviews, and it is simply a breathtaking performance. The film is a powerful representation of how someone’s world can suddenly change in such a short space of time. Although the film is a little haunting, the audience cannot fail to divulge themselves into the film and in particular into the character of Lucy (Browning). The film is extremely emotional, and this emotion is totally transformed to every viewer. It is purely dynamic, a film that awakens many spectators as to something which could be scarily possible. It’s a film where you don’t dare to take their eyes off. It’s perfectly understandable that viewers could be slightly disturbed by what is occurring, but it more so serves to satisfy the viewers by providing you with the imagination that makes a film truly inspirational. The film can be very testing, with some unsettling images and thoughts for viewers but the film is totally compelling throughout. If you are a fan of passionate films that will have you talking about it for weeks afterwards, then this is a film that was perfectly made for you.