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SADNESS (Tony Ayres, 1999)
A brave and moving documentary based on photograph­er William Yang's acclaimed stage show of the same name. Sadness explores the roots of Yang's Chinese-Australian identity, and his grief at the … Read more

SATellite (Ben Speth, 2005)
[Satellite] is a lingering and uncanny evocation of its environment, Melbourne. Directed by Ben Speth, shot using a digital camera and a small crew, it tracks the orbits of three characters - an agei… Read more

SAVE YOUR LEGS! (Boyd Hicklin, 2012)
A ‘coming of middle age' bromantic comedy following a Melbourne cricket team on a wild ride from the suburbs to the Subcontinent, where stumps fly, friendships fray and mates learn that the biggest… Read more

SENSITIVE NEW AGE KILLER (Mark Savage, 2000)
Paul Morris is your average struggling family man battling bills, daily squabbles and the multitude of problems faced in raising kids. Pressure at work doesn't help... especially when, like Paul, you… Read more

SHADOW PLAY: INDONESIA’S YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY (Chris Hilton, 2001)
In this groundbreaking documentary on the mid-late 60s campaign that allowed General Suharto's New Order to seize control from President Sukarno, witnesses dare to speak for the first time: those who… Read more

SHOPKEEPERS (Liz Hoyle, Tim Mummery, Larina Wong, Andrew French, Melissa Whiting, Christina Heristanidis, Ben Harding, 1999)
From tatts to taffeta, from the kings of meat to meeting the King, Shopkeepers looks at the changing nature of service in a self-serve world. The film is a series of por­traits of seven Melbourne… Read more

SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE (Matthew Bate, 2011)
"If you wanna talk to me then SHUT YOUR F**KEN MOUTH!" - Raymond Huffman ... In 1987, Eddie and Mitch found themselves living next door to Peter and Raymond - a flamboyant gay man and a raging homoph… Read more

SILENT PARTNER (Alkinos Tsilimidos, 2001)
Bill and John, two down-on-their luck gamblers are battling the booze and fighting a losing streak. The pair are offered salvation and the deal of a lifetime by the enigmatic Alex Silver—to tak… Read more

skip hop (Oriel Guthrie, 2005)
With its own b-boys, pop-lockers and skip-hoppers, Australian hip-hop has come a long way in the last few years. This energetic documentary charts its rise and draws out some of the unique elements o… Read more

STICKY CARPET (Mark Butcher, 2006)
It's long overdue but finally cultural recognition gets paid to Melbourne's much-loved independent music scene in Mark Butcher's grass-roots documentary Sticky Carpet. As Butcher admits, the whole th… Read more

STIR (Stephen Wallace, 2004)
Stir AustraliaThe violent and systematic abuse of prisoners by wardens in a NSW jail is brought to the public's attention by one of its inmates, China Jackson (Bryan Brown). One of the keenest pair o… Read more

stranded (Stuart McDonald, 2005)
How long does it take before abnormal seems normal' At 17, Claudia Kelly (Emma Lung) is smart and enterprising. But she lives in a strange world of no school, no money, an indoor aviary and territori… Read more

STRANGE FITS OF PASSION (Elise McCredie, 1999)
Elise McCredie's debut, Strange Fits of Passion, is an anti-romantic comedy. II is a contemporary fable about a young woman's desperate crusade to lose her virginity Obsessed with notions of love, de… Read more

SUBURBAN MAYHEM (Paul Goldman, 2006)
This savage and sexy black comedy asks the question: Can you really get away with murder? ... Nineteen-year-old single mum, Katrina, lives in a world of petty crime, fast cars, manicures and blowjobs… Read more

SUNDAY TOO FAR AWAY (Ken Hannam, 1975)
Jack Thompson, Max Cullen, Peter Cummins, John Ewart: Sunday Too Far Away is a parade of Australian cinema royalty. This leather tough 1974 feature is set on an Australian sheep station in 1955 in th… Read more

SWERVE (Craig Lahiff, 2011)
A woman, two men and a suitcase of money - a lot can happen in the middle of nowhere. ... Pulsing with menace, writer-director Craig Lahiff's Swerve reorients the noir tradition, setting it within th… Read more

TEESH AND TRUDE (Melanie Rodriga, 2002)
In Unit 6B at Platypus Rise Flats, two hardened and damaged women living on a diet of soapies, sarcasm and frustration are about to reach breaking point. A bad day becomes worse by the hour and to to… Read more

THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS (Peter Weir, 1974)
Peter Weir's first feature was a highly unusual black comedy. Misunderstood for years, The Cars That Ate Paris has overtones of J.G. Ballard's urban science fiction and Jean-Luc Godard's Weekend. In … Read more

THE CURSE OF THE GOTHIC SYMPHONY (Randall Wood, 2011)
"It's the musical equivalent of climbing Everest, trekking through the South Pole, sending a man to the moon." ... Requiring two orchestras, four brass bands, five choirs and six-hundred people, the … Read more

THE DESEALER (James Clayden, 2006)
James Clayden's startling new work is an incursion into an intense episode of mental distress. A young man (Luke Ryan) walks into an empty buildingundergoing reconstruction. He is told he must leave … Read more

THE DIPLOMAT (Tom Zubrycki, 2000)
The Diplomat follows East Timor's freedom fighter and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos Horta in the final tumultuous year of a passionate campaign to secure independence for the country. Allowed e… Read more

THE EYE OF THE STORM (MA15+) (Fred Schepisi, 2011)
Fred Schepisi returns with an engaging take on the acclaimed 1973 novel by Australian Nobel laureate Patrick White. ... As the wealthy and powerful Mrs Hunter (Charlotte Rampling) approaches death, h… Read more

THE FIFTH SET (Sue Thompson, 2000)
2000 marks the 100th anniversary of The Davis Cup, the world's most prestigious tennis trophy. Using rare archival footage and new interviews with Australia's stars of yesteryear and today, The Fifth… Read more

THE FIRST FAGIN (Alan Rosenthal, Helen Gaynor, 2012)
The true story behind Charles Dickens's infamous Oliver Twist character Fagin… or is it? ... Narrated by Miriam Margolyes (famed for her Harry Potter role and her one-woman Dickens stage shows… Read more

THE FOREST (Jo Kennedy, 2003)
It's Ashley and Mike's tenth wedding anniversary. To celebrate, Mike buys his wife a bunch of roses and takes her to her favourrte restaurant. Everything seems fine, but is it? Ashley has had a dream… Read more

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