Skip to main content

Lallie

Australia, 1993 (MIFF 1994, Documentary)

Director: Melanie Coombs

"Lallie is a film about my grandmother, Lallie Coombs. Her stories about her life were always deemed inaccurate by the rest of the family. I remember my father saying, 'Mother, You never let the truth get in the way of a good story'. He still says that." A rare film in the now popular genre of family album tributes, it quickly grabs our interest and sustains it to the end. Adventurously the camera lingers on evocative and carefully chosen objects, (a hair brush, a tea-cosy) as well as long references to Lallie's age-worn hands in 'experimental' close-up sequences. The very personal and revealing narration by the filmmaker and her subject underscores the meticulously selected images.

See also...

The Vegetable Mob

This AFC-funded 'microdoc' cheerfully paints a backyard portrait of the filmmaker's Italian family and their passion for growing tomatoes. Their vegetable patch becomes symbolic both of memories of ... More »

What's Hollywood About You?

Sydney filmmaker and academic Jan Bruck spent seven days walking around Hollywood and other close L.A. suburbs — an extraordi­nary adventure in itself. In "an attempt to bring the image of ... More »

Lipstick

Australian women speak out: all you've ever wanted to know about red lipstick, and more. A fast, snappy 'microdoc' that moves between the tongue-in-cheek, the inside story, and good ol' exotic ... More »

Brief Secrets

Are we what we underwear? Highly stylised in its approach, Brief Secrets enters the personal worlds of five unusual characters who talk about the meaning of their underwear. ... More »

Revolt Into Style

Revolt into Style examines the emergence of young Australian designers at a time when streetwise chic punk music and a growing international awareness confronted the mainstream. Avant Garde creation ... More »

Wireless Nights

Wireless Nights centres around a variety of char­acters who listen to talk back radio from 12am to 5am. Following the announcer's voice through the early morning, this drxumentary introduces the ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director