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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 AIDS related deaths of his friends. As an intriguing subplot, the tilm also deals with Yang's ... Read more
[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 ageing security guard, a young Aboriginal man and an adolescent girl - as they move through this city ... Read more
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 shots in life are played off the field. ... For Edward ‘Teddy' Brown, the end of summer heralds ... Read more
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're a hitman. In Mark Savage's tongue-in-cheek action/comedy it's easy to empathise with this ... Read more
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 in one way or another became victims of paranoia and power. ... Building on accounts of mass ... Read more
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 shopkeepers, and their busi­nesses. from the other side of the counter. A butcher's, a pawn ... Read more
"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 homophobe who fired abuse at each other during nightly liquor-fuelled stoushes. The guys recorded these ... Read more
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 take over the training and care of Silver's red brindle greyhound, a potential champion. ... Silent ... Read more
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 of the local movement. With little of the gangster posturing of US hip-hop, Australian hip-hop is ... Read more
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 thing started “over a beer at the Rob Roy watching some bands”. ... This raw and vital filmed ... Read more
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 of eyes watching the TV report is the sadistic warden Norton (Max Phipps), who was responsible for ... Read more
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 territorial fights with her sister Penny. And she's angry over her mother's recent suicide, and she can't ... Read more
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, desire and sex, she grap­ples with the difference between her poetic idealism and the very ... Read more
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. She will stop at nothing to get what she wants - even murder. When her father threatens to take ... Read more
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 the lead up to the infamous nine-month shearer's strike. It graphically depicts the lives of shearers ... Read more
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 the quiet menace of the South Australian outback. ... Driving cross-country to a job interview, Colin ... Read more
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 top it off, the toilet won't flush. Twenty-something, ugh-booted Teesh is unemployed and uninspired ... Read more
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 the opening scene travellers enjoying an idyllic country drive in a devilishly clever parody of 70s ... Read more
"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 Gothic Symphony by English composer Havergal Brian is recognised by the Guinness Book of World ... Read more
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 the site for safetyreasons. Confused, he tries to explain to a group gathered in discussion that ... Read more
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 extraordinary access to Horta's public and private life, award-winning filmmaker Tom Zubrycki (Billal ... Read more
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, her unscrupulous children, Basil (Geoffrey Rush) and Dorothy (Judy Davis) return to the family ... Read more
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 Set is a documentary for tennis lovers or anyone who shares the nation's determination for ... Read more
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), The First Fagin traces the dramatic true tale of Ikey Solomon, one of Australia's most infamous ... Read more
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 that unnerved her and she wants to talk about it ,but Mike doesn't. "How do you tell if someone ... Read more
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