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The Etiquette of Letter-Writing

Australia, 1999 (MIFF 2000, Experimental)

Director: Lucy Lehmann

A few brief moments is all Lehmann needs to evoke a sense of longing. The story of the break-up of a long distance relationship is told in the form of 1950s didactic films, Wendy Hughes' narration of instructions to the letter-writer counterpoints the love story as it unfolds in a sequence of pixillated images of postcards. Lehmann's depiction of the relationship between narration and reading is rigorous and ironic.

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