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CRACKS IN THE MASK (Frances Calvert, 1997)
Ephraim Bani journeys from the Torres Strait Islands to the great museums of Europe, where his plundered heritage is on display. He carries the hope of all Islanders to see the turtleshell masks made… Read more

DOING TIME FOR PATSY CLINE (Chris Kennedy, 1997)
Chris Kennedy juggles comedy, drama and sentiment with aplomb in his third feature; Ralph, a sweet natured, and exceptionally naive young man from the bush is determined to make his mark on the Nashv… Read more

EXILE IN SARAJEVO (Tahir Cambis, Alma Sahbaz, 1997)
Multiculturalism under siege. Exile In Sarajevo is a passionate and persona! account of the siege of Sarajevo, from the viewpoint of Bosnian-Australian Tahir Cambis and Sarajevan, Alma Sahbaz. ... Th… Read more

FOLLOWING THE FENCE LINE (Pat Fiske, 1997)
In mid 1996 a group of 14 women - mainly mid­dle aged - rode motorbikes all the way around Australia to promote breast cancer awareness. Sydney based documentary maker Pat Fiske has produced a ro… Read more

HEAVEN'S BURNING (Craig Lahiff, 1996)
A high-energy road movie that keeps career­ing off in unexpected directions. Heaven's Burning is the most ambitious film yet by Ade­laide-based director, Craig Lahiff. Working for the first t… Read more

KISS OR KILL (Bill Bennett, 1997)
Kiss or Kill breathes fresh life into the young-couple-on-the-run genre. Nikki has more reason to hate men than most; as a little girl, she is forced to watch as her mother is set alight and burned t… Read more

MABO - LIFE OF AN ISLAND MAN (Trevor Graham, 1997)
Trevor Graham's biography of Eddie Koiki Mabo belongs to a fine tradition in Aus­tralian documentary filmmaking. Astutely balanc­ing the 'personal' and the 'social', Graham presents a concise… Read more

MAO'S NEW SUIT (Sally Ingleton, 1997)
Sally Ingleton's documentary charts the for­tunes of best friends Sun Jian and Guo Pei, as they prepare to stage their first designer col­lection in Shanghai's annual Fashion Week. ... Their … Read more

MY BLESSINGS (Bill Mousoulis, 1997)
This intriguing character study of a woman liv­ing in inner-city Melbourne, follows filmmak­er Jane Friedman (played by Marie-Louise Walker) over the course of six days, illuminating her thou… Read more

THANK GOD HE MET LIZZIE (Cherie Nowlan, 1997)
Thank God He Met Lizzie has a universal theme, yet is unlike any other Australian film. Guy is in his early thirties and looking for that elusive beast - the perfect life partner. The trouble is that… Read more

THE BUTLER (Anna Kannava, 1996)
A woman bakes a cake with a gun inside, and then searches frantically for some place to take it. Two teenagers roam across a barren moonscape, which turns out to be a suburban highway in the making. … Read more

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