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THE HONOURABLE WALLY NORMAN (Ted Emery, 2003)
A wonderful new Aussie comedy from acclaimed director Ted Emery (Kath & Kim, Fast Forward). Wally Norman, a rural battler, is the foreman of a failing meat­packing plant. He is suddenly and reluc… Read more

THE HUNGRY TIDE (Tom Zubrycki, 2011)
“This is a marvellous film, strong in narrative, imagery, argument and character.” - Inside Story ... Seasoned filmmaker Tom Zubrycki (Molly & Mobarak, MIFF 2003; The Diplomat, MIFF 2000) shows t… Read more

The Making of Dolphin Glide (Scott Welsh, 2002)
Screening with Dolphin Glide is The Makng of Dolphin Glide, a privileged look behind the scenes, at the methods and means employed by Greenough as he captures his amazing footage. ... Read more

THE MASCOT (Lina Caneva, 2002)
During WWII the residents of five-year-old Alex Kurzem's village were rounded up to be shot. The spirited kid ran off, living for two months in nearby woods. Scrounging food (he had determined that s… Read more

THE OLD MAN WHO READ LOVE STORIES (Rolf de Heer, 2000)
Antonio Bolivar (Richard Dreyfuss) has spent most of his life as a recluse living deep within the Amazonian jungle and passing his days reading pulp romances. His tentative affair with the young Jose… Read more

THE ORIGINAL MERMAID (Michael Cordell, 2002)
A lyrical underwater sequence lures us into this enchanting tale of a vivacious and headstrong woman who was fearlessly ahead of her time.The achievements of Australian pioneer Annette Kellerman&mdas… Read more

THE PRODUCERS: A DOCUMENTARY (Joanne Parker, 1999)
Like the Maysles brothers Grey Gardens (1976), The Producers: A Documentary is a poignant and excruciat­ingly honest film portrait of two old friends. Graeme and John, the original odd couple. We… Read more

THE RAGE IN PLACID LAKE (Tony McNamara, 2002)
Placid (Ben Lee) is an awkward, troubled teen. His school life was marred by bullying and the embarrassing eccentricities of his aging flower-power parents (Miranda Richardson, Blackadder and Garry M… Read more

THE SAPPHIRES (Wayne Blair, 2012)
Inspired by a remarkable true story, The Sapphires tells the feel-good story of Australia's answer to The Supremes. ... An adaptation of Tony Briggs' successful stage musical of the same name, The Sa… Read more

The Short Films of Sarah Watt (, )
Before her acclaimed feature debut [Look Both Ways] (screening in MIFF this year), Sarah Watt made a name for herself as one of Australia's leading and most distinctive short-film makers. Predominant… Read more

TIC TAC 2 HEELFLIP: AUSTRALIA'S SKATEBOARDING HISTORY (Mike Hill, 2001)
Emerging from Sydney's northern beaches in the 60's as sidewalk surfing and advancing to the urban anarchy of today, the underground evolution of Australian skating has been one ot most fascinating p… Read more

TOKYO BOUND: BONDAGE MISTRESSES OF JAPAN (Susan Lambert, 2000)
Japan has always had fantasy women hidden away in the secret zones of its cities. Tokyo Bound gains unique access to the dungeons, homes and lives of a select coterie who lead Japan's S&M scene. Sexy… Read more

TOM WHITE (Alkinos Tsilimidos, 2004)
Tom White AustraliaLife for Tom White (Colin Friels) isn't going too well. Signs of a physical breakdown are evident; his hands begin to shake and he cannot remember being fired from a project in the… Read more

TOOMELAH (Ivan Sen, 2011)
In the desolate reaches of an Aboriginal community, is the life of a ten year old already spent? ... Amidst the physically, emotionally and spiritually empty spaces of Toomelah, one of Australia's mo… Read more

TOSCA: A TALE OF LOVE AND TORTURE (Trevor Graham, 2000)
From the director of Mabo—Life of an Island Man, the producer of Picnic at langing Rock and based on the famous opera by Puccini, Tosca: A Tale of Love and Torture is a documentary like no othe… Read more

TRAVELLING LIGHT (Kathryn Millard, 2003)
Adelaide, 1971. Leanne (Pia Miranda), 21, has left adolescence behind and is teetering on the edge of adulthood, yet yearns for a life that she can only see through the lens of her camera. Her sister… Read more

TROUBLED MINDS: THE LITHIUM REVOLUTION (Dennis K. Smith, 2004)
Troubled Minds: The Lithium Revolution Australia In a backyard shed in the 1940s, a Melbourne doctor discovered an astonishing psychiatric treatment that would change the way we think about mental il… Read more

UNDEAD (Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig, 2001)
Peaceful, rustic Berkeley is a charming fishing village peopled by friendly folk, and flesh devounng zombies! When a spectacular meteor shower brings an horrific alien virus to this country hamlet, t… Read more

UNFOLDING FLORENCE: THE MANY LIVES OF FLORENCE BROADHURST (Gillian Armstrong, 2005)
“I'd always been told that I was born before my time. Oh, surely to God, the times can just catch up.” - Florence Broadhurst In this spirited and highly original documentary, acclaimed director G… Read more

vietnam symphony (Tom Zubrycki, )
When Hanoi was under threat of massive US bombing in 1965, students and teachers from the Conservatorium of Music fled to the countryside. There they re-established their school by building an entire… Read more

WALKING ON WATER (Tony Ayres, 2001)
Winner of two prizes at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival (including the Teddy for Best Feature) and also selected for the Hong Kong Film Festival, Walking on Water is a refreshingly unsentimental, and e… Read more

WHITEYS LIKE US (Rachael Landers, 1998)
What goes on in a high school classroom at Manly Community College for two hours on Wednesday nights represents a fascinating microcosm of how white Australians are dealing (or not dealing) with the … Read more

WIDOWER, THE (Kevin Lucas, 2004)
The Widower Australia Having its World Premiere at MIFF, The Widower is a music-drama structured around a collection of quintessential Les Murray poems that tell the story of two Australian men'a fat… Read more

WILDNESS (Scott Millwood, 2003)
Olegas Truchanas and Peter Dombrovskis were two of Australia's greatest wilderness photographers. Their work became synonymous with campaigns to protect Tasmania's natural heritage, campaigns that ch… Read more

wolf creek (Greg McLean, 2004)
Australia has made a name for itself since the 1960s for mysterious disappearances on its remote stretches of bitumen. And backpackers have often been at the centre of these chilling episodes. Based … Read more

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