Brad, a jaded expatriate Australian artist, returns to the scene of his first inspiration on the Brisbane coast and discovers the innocently seductive Cora, who poses for him. Despite trouble from Cora's drunken grandmother and an unwelcome visit from an old mate on the scrounge, Brad and Cora find each other in the end.
Three years after They're a Weird Mob, with another adaptation of an Australian novel by Norman Lindsay, Powell returned to the more familiar Archers' themes. Age of Consent (1969) follows the return of a successful painter to his native Australia, in search of solitude on the remote Brisbane coast. Brad Morahan (James Mason) is disconcerted by his encounter with Cora (Helen Mirren), whose innocent sexuality awakens in him a new inspiration which sheds a more optimistic light on the eternal conflict between art and life than is to be found in The Archers' earlier treatment of this theme.
Ian Christie (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger: Arrows of Desire)