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Australian Premiere ... Recently opening Berlin Film Festival's Kinderfest, Opal Dream plays to the inner child in all of us; an innocent look at an extraordinary event in the ordinary mining town of Coober Pedy. ... Possessing an over-active imagination, young Kellyanne has conjured a couple of ... Read more
Orange Love Story AustraliaWearing its heart and intentions very much on its sleeve, this raw and utterly unique new Australian film is a labour of love for cinematographer and director Tom Cowan.In the NSW town of Orange, Cowan held open 'auditions' for local people to tell stories of love'Their ... Read more
Chris Doyle is an Australian expatriate cinematographer who left Australia in the 1970s and has been based in Hong Kong for the last 20 years. He is best known for his cinematography in Wong Kar-Wai's urban tales, Chungking Express, Happy Together, Fallen Angels and most recently In The Mood For ... Read more
Meet Robert (Bob) Fischer... and then wish you never had. This rivetting expose of the art world and celebrity follows an American (con) artist on his forest fire tour of Melbourne. Bob, a colourfully misanthropic nobody manages to fool everyone within earshot—artists, gallery owners, art ... Read more
Parking Infringement Notification System or Pricks In Nerdy Suits: these are the two possible explanations offered for the acronym of the title by director Garth Davis. His profile of three Melbourne parking inspectors—not exactly a topic you'd kick doors down to see—turns out to be one ... Read more
Painting Country follows a journey by ten of Australia's most famous indigenous artists, from their community of Balgo in remote North West Australia back to their traditional country. The Balgo artists' paintings, which hang in galleries and private collections around the world, are not of the ... Read more
Mark Chopper' Read ran a racket in Pentridge whereby he sold people their left leg. Pay up, and you get to keep it! Chopper joins author Ray Mooney {Everynight, Everynight, MIFF 1994) and a collection of former guards, governors and cons in this extremely colourful recollection of Australia's most ... Read more
There is one kind of history they teach you in school and another which tells how things really happened. ASIO's files reveal how things really happened in Australia. ... Since 1949, ASIO has opened files on over 500,000 citizens. Today, these records are a unique dossier of dissent and a treasure ... Read more
These are the stories of ordinary people swept into ASIO's secret war on subversion and dissent. ... In this second session of Persons of Interest, Frank Hardy's son Alan looks through his father's ASIO file for the first time and sees a history of the left and his father's struggle with misplaced ... Read more
Petersen Australia ... Following the success of Stork and Alvin Purple Tim Burtsall struck gold again in 1974 with Petersen. Working from David Williamson's script Burstall brought to the screen, as described by Bruce Beresford, 'The vulnerable under-side of the Ocker image'. ... Petersen stars an ... Read more
Peter Weir's film adaptation of Joan Lindsay's classic, largely faithful to the original novel, describes the collapse of a rural Victorian boarding college following the mysterious disappearance of three girls and a teacher atop Hanging Rock. ... The unease that Weir provokes in the film is ... Read more
Jacqueline McKenzie (Angel Baby) is Daphne, a single woman living in Sydney in the 1890s, who runs a taxidermy service, inherited from her late father. Unable to accept his passing, she frequents a 'spiritualist photographer', who claims to summon the dead and then photograph their ghostly image ... Read more
Profits of Punishments is a documentary that takes the viewer on a bizarre road-trip through the US heartland, offering a unique insight into the style and manner in which correctional facilities have evolved. In the USA today, the most powerful industry is the business of private prisons. Touted ... Read more
Pure Shit AustraliaGet set for an Aussie cult classic. Set over a frantic 24 hours, Pure Shit follows the lives of four junkies out to score some heroin on the streets of Melbourne, in any way they can. Almost banned by the censors when it was made in 1975, and retitled Pure S by the distributors ... Read more
A harrowing true story, sparked by a news headline, that challenges viewers on many levels, Rainbow Bird and Monster Man relates the traumatic childhood and tragic adulthood of Tony Lock. After suffering a decade of terrifying and humiliating sexual abuse at the hands of Gordon Kerr, a family ... Read more
When a marine said, “We're more likely to get shot at in Miami than in Baghdad” in George Gittoes' powerful Soundtrack to War, he planted the seeds for this next project, Rampage. ... A stark and, at times, painful portrait of three brothers, this documentary reveals a dark ghetto within ... Read more
[Rash] goes inside Melbourne's legendary street-art scene to meet the characters driving art on urban walls. Exploring the recent explosion of this alternative art practice, the documentary delves into the methods, messages and issues around street art. It includes interviews with some of the ... Read more
A TV journalist goes in search of a fallen idol and finds a modern-day Errol Flynn in this dark, satirical and laconic work that makes light of the ups and downs of stardom. Actor Darren McWarren appeared in soap opera, mini-series and film before destroying his career with a series of personal ... Read more
“He said ‘I have been in jail for four years in the last decade, I am not going to go to jail for eight or 10 years for the simple crime of asking for food for the poor'. I found it quite inspiring.” - David Bradbury, filmmaker Raul Castells is a walking, talking, pushing, barging force of ... Read more
From one of Australia's greatest filmmakers, Kriv Stenders (Boxing Day, MIFF 2007; Blacktown, MIFF 2005), comes the heartwarming tale of an Australian country town and the dog it loved. ... In Dampier, an isolated town deep in the Pilbara, a free-wheeling kelpie known as Red Dog lies close to ... Read more
"This is the best documentary film on a wine subject in many years … Even if you have no interest in wine see this movie for what it says about power, wealth and vanity." – Stuart Pigott, UK wine writer ... The prestigious world of luxury wines is the subject of this smartly put ... Read more
Blasting from the screen like the cinematic progeny of some unholy union between Lars Von Trier and Abel Ferrara, here is uncompromising Australian 'underground' filmmaking at its very best - an in-your-face, innovative and compelling drama about police corruption in Victoria. ... Constructed as a ... Read more
[The Remarkable Mr Kaye] is a portrait - a "blatantly biased portrait" - by filmmaker Paul Cox of Norman Kaye, actor, musician and passionate lover of life. ... Norman Kaye and Paul Cox first met in Melbourne in 1967. Norman, music teacher and 'after hours' actor, and Paul, stills photographer ... Read more
"A lush and bruising coming-of-age story." – Screen Daily ... Fathers, sons and fireworks sit at the centre of The Rocket, the tale of a seemingly cursed Laotian youngster beset by misfortune at every turn. Only his sheer determination in the face of danger can light the path to a new ... Read more
Melbourne stand-up comic Roy Höllsdotter is enjoying popularity, regular bookings and plenty of laughs. His routines leave the crowds rolling on beer-splashed carpet at his weekly gig but his private life is going to hell. Roy's girlfriend Cate has unceremoniously dumped him. Roy's neuroses ... Read more
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