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A summer camp for the Jewish elderly, a chance to make new friends, share one's past and tell a few jokes. With hilarious effect, classic one-liners from old movies are intercut with the actual dialogue of the soundtrack,adding extra dimension to the relationships developing before the viewer. A ... Read more
... ... Lonely lives consumed by an almost unnatural passion for pets! Child substitute, surrogate lover, plaything, pawn in relationship power struggles, the whole notion of innocent puppy love gets left far behind in this truly disturbing look at the desperate human need for companionship. ... ... Read more
... ... American New Wave originals, Robert Almereyda (Girl from Another Planet. Nadja] and Amy Hobby take their obsession with the toy. Fischer Price pixelvision camera to the Sundance Film Festival. Turning it on the directors. producers, writers and actors they corner there. they transform a ... Read more
This exceedingly beautiful anthropological film observes and exhalts the life of the Baka Pygmies who live in the forests of South-East Cameroon. The languid flow of the picture allows the viewer to become engrossed, to get a sense of the gentle pace of these people's lives. Exceptional sound ... Read more
fascinating film about Marlon E Fuentes' Filipino grandfather, one of 1100 tribal relatives brought to the USA as anthropological specimens' for the 1904 St Louis World Fair. The memorable opening image of the filmmaker sitting cross-legged in front of an old phonograph listening to the early ... Read more
Five Greasy Joannes, one van and 3,000 miles is all it takes to prove that fat really is a feminist issue and that car exhaust can come up smelling like donuts. To the punter 'Trans-vesterification' might sound like an experimental surgical procedure performed by lip-synching cross-dressers Its ... Read more
... ... The intrepid Nick Broomfield takes camera inside Pandora's Box, an up market New York fetish parlour run by one Mistress Raven. The establishment caters solely 'submissives' or 'bottoms', the partner in S&M or bondage relationship who prefers to on the receiving end of the paddle, so For a ... Read more
The director of the provocative Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992), Mark Rappaport, takes n equally idiosyncratic and unconventional approach to a biographical documentary charting the career of the suicidal screen starlet, Jean Seberg. Opening with the actress's widely publicised discovery in a ... Read more
... ... At the turn of the century a Japanese girl was encouraged by her father to fulfil Japan's destiny of spreading around the world. She accepted an arranged marriage with a pioneer photographer and went to make her life in Hawaii. Two generations later, after her funeral in Tokyo, her ... Read more
... ... When Heidi Fleiss was arrested in 1993 Hollywood was- terrified that she would reveal a list of star clients and set the town ablaze with gossip and scandal British documentary director par excellence, and MIFF regular. Nick Broomfield (Aileen Wuornos: The Selling Of A Serial Killer-MIFF ... Read more
Nan Goldin's emotionally involving auto­biographical documentary is about Paradise Lost. From the Boston drag scene of the 70s, to New York's gay heaven, this fascinating American photographer has seen it all. And photographed it all. As she says in her candid commentary, there is no question ... Read more
... ... The story of Jimmy, a middle-aged Irish bachelor, who decides the time has come to find a wife. He contacts the local matchmaker to find him a suitable woman. What kind of woman is he looking for? "She'd have to be able to milk cows," says Jimmy without hesitation ... ... ... At last Jimmy ... Read more
... ... Jesus in Russia: An American Holy War takes viewers inside the crusades of two extremely colourful American evangelists as they preal pray and heal their way across a troubled land! In the wake of the collapse of Communism,is estimated that 30,000 Christian missionarj have descended on ... Read more
... ... A master class in Shakespeare, Al Pacino's Looking For Richard is simultaneously a telling of the classic drama. Richard III. and an exploration of the artistic and practical battles to understand the play Al Pacino is the exuberant centre of a film that ingeniously interweaves commentary ... Read more
One hundred years after the Lumiere brothers turned their invention on the world, the gauntlet has been thrown down: to use only their restored yet rudimentary hand-cranked camera, hand-made film stock and to shoot under the same conditions—strictly natural light, no synch sound, 52 seconds ... Read more
... ... Documentary filmmaker Vassili Silovic's candid exploration of various Orson Welles projects is a fascinating tribute to his idio­syncratic talents and was made possible with the co-operation of Oja Kodar. Welles longtime companion, erstwhile collaborator and cust­odian of the vaults ... Read more
... ... Lindsey Merrison's mother. Sally, is Anglo-Burmese. In this documentary Lindsey takes Sally and her brother Bill back to the sights and settings of their childhood in what is now Myanmar .However, Our Burmese Days does far more than indulge nostalgia or offer insights into the colonial ... Read more
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. the team behind the astonishing documentary Brother's Keeper (MIFF1992). have turned their lens on the American obsession with multiple murder Paradise Lost uncovers the kind of small-town nightmare that is the documentary film maker's dream. Their dark journey ... Read more
... ... Using a major Avedon retrospective as a loose framing device, Helen Whitney's documentary is for admirers, a long overdue appraisal of almost fifty years of superb photo­graphy and, for initiates, a comprehensive introduction to one of the century's most innovative and influential ... Read more
Submitted for your approval: the man in cardiac crisis is Mr Rod Serling—writer, producer and agent provocateur of a certain electronic medium he helped to create and which, by way of thanks, kindly ushered him out the door. Mr Rod Serling, who once remarked that he just wanted to be ... Read more
Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams are back Ivexplonng another gender-bending facet of the flipside to Japanese society—following on from their successful documentary on the Takarazuka Review dancers. Dream Girls (MIFF 1994) ... Sfiinjuku Boys takes us into the heart of the queer underbelly of ... Read more
... ... Joan Mandell's documentary was filmed during a visit by an Egyptian poet/story-teller to Arab-American community centre in Michigan. Sheikh Ghanim Mansour is one of the last people alive able to recite from memory the 1000-year old, 100-hour epic tale of the Bam Hilal tribe. The purpose of ... Read more
Two outsized Americans fought the battle for Citizen Kane William Randolph Hearst, 77-year-old newspaper baron, perched in a Californian castle with his concubine, Marion Davies, and Orson Welles, a 24-year-old boy wonder of the theatre, in Hollywood with a contract to make his first movie. In ... Read more
The late Vito Russo's ground breaking book The Celluliod Closet explored and critiqued a history of the on-screen representation; of gay men and women with a wit and perception that is admirably matched in this eagerly awaited film version Lily Tomlm delivers author Armistead Maupin's eloquent ... Read more
... ... Perth in the late 40s - a suburban community hall turns into a unique Aboriginal meeting place, the Coolbaroo Club In a city with an unofficial apartheid policy, the club was an anomaly—a classy dance hall visited by black celebrities from all over Australia and even overseas, such as ... Read more
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