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ALMOST ELVIS (John Paget, 2002)
'Images of Elvis', the pinnacle of the Elvis impersonator's art, a cutthroat competition staged in Memphis to determine the worlds finest 'Elvis' (almost). This cheeky documentary, loaded with pathos… Read more

ALONE IN FOUR WALLS (Alexandra Westmeier, 2007)
Sometimes, jail is the only place you can be free. ... In Russia, 15-year-olds convicted of criminal acts get sent to adult prisons; for anyone younger it's reform school. Alone in Four Walls takes u… Read more

AMERICAN RULING CLASS (John Kirby, 2005)
Does America have a ruling class? How does one join it, and should one even want to? Written by Lewis Lapham, American Ruling Class explores the US's most taboo topics: class, power and privilege in … Read more

AMONGST EQUALS (Tom Zubrycki, 1991)
Illegal screenings of the unfinished Amongst Equals have taken place in a variety of forums across the country since January when controversy erupted in the media. But the issue remains unresolved an… Read more

AN ISLAND CALLING (Annie Goldson, 2008)
"I'm always drawn to incidents that if unpacked, reveal a lot about a moment and a culture, and I felt this was one of them." - filmmaker Annie Goldson. ... They called him the White Angel. John Scot… Read more

AND ALONG CAME A SPIDER (Maziar Bahari, 2002)
21 women were murdered in a single year in the Iranian holy city of Mashad. Strangled, their bodies were cocooned in their long, black chadors, knotted at both ends and dumped beside roads or in sewe… Read more

ANGRY MONK:A REFLECTION ON TIBET (Luc Schaedler, 2005)
Flying in the face of popular clichés of a Shangri-la-like Tibet is the errant monk, Gendun Choephel. In 1934, Choephel rejected his monastic life in search of new lands and challenges where he form… Read more

ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED (Jon Blair, 1995)
... ... Anne Frank has been described as one of the "major icons of the twentieth century" with her diary the second most-read book of Western non-fiction after the bible. ... ... ... Jon Blair's fil… Read more

ANTS, THE (Kaoru Ikeya, 2005)
The Ants won an humanitarian award for Outstanding Documentary at this year's Hong Kong Film Festival. ... Waich Okumura is an 80 year-old Japanese man who fought in China's civil war after World War… Read more

ANYTHING BOYS CAN DO (Ethan Minsker, 1996)
Ethan Minsker's documentary investigates the ideas, attitudes and goals of women in the New York underground music scene. 15 bands, mostly unsigned acts with colourful names like Tribe 8, Vitapup and… Read more

ARMADILLO (Janus Metz, 2010)
"Moving, complex and brutal... an outstanding film about men at war." - Empire ... In forward operating base Armadillo, a posting of young Danish soldiers are on campaign against the Taliban. Gaining… Read more

ARMSTRONGS - THE MOVIE, THE (Fergus O'Brien, 2006)
“It's as if the producers went looking for a real-life David Brent [The Office] and found one with an evil sister.” - The Independent Husband and wife team John and Ann Armstrong run U-Fit, Cove… Read more

ART STAR AND THE SUDANESE TWINS, THE (Pietra Brettkelly, 2008)
"If Madonna and Angelina Jolie can do it, why can't performance artist Vanessa Beecroft adopt an exotic Third World baby?" - Variety ... Vanessa Beecroft's work has always been provocative. Her nude … Read more

AS THE MIRROR BURNS (Cristina Pozzan, Di Bretherton, 1990)
At a time when Australia has again followed the United States into a nilitary adventure in a part of the world of which neither Australia nor the US has much comprehension, As The Mirror Burns is par… Read more

AUTOMAT KALASHNIKOV (Axel Engstfeld, Herbert Habersack, 2000)
"I wanted to make the world a better place by inventing a perpetual motion machine. At the front during WWII I realised that there is only one perpetual motion machine: the weapon"—Michail Kala… Read more

B-52 (Harmut Bitomsky, 2001)
A fetishistic, slyly humorous history of one of America's great war machines, the B-52 bomber. Director Harmut Bitomsky is as fascinated by this gargantuan jet's place in the global power structure a… Read more

BACH IN AUSCHWITZ (Michel Daëron, 1999)
Bach in Auschwitz is a sobering account of the experience of 40 women who survived the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp of World War II by belonging to a group known to both prisoners and Nazis … Read more

BALLETS RUSSES (Dayna Goldfine, Dan Geller, 2005)
The dancers of the Ballets Russes were Russians who never performed in their homeland. Ballets Russes is a tribute to those remarkable individuals and the revolutionary dance company - more accuratel… Read more

BANANAS!* (Fredrik Gertten, 2009)
“A front-row seat to a landmark Erin Brockovich-style trial.” - Variety ... Following a historic first court case in the Los Angeles Superior Court and ending with a verdict still under appeal, B… Read more

BASED ON A TRUE STORY (Walter Stokman, 2004)
On a hot August afternoon in 1972, John Wojtowicz rushed into a Brooklyn bank, demanding money in a desperate effort to finance his lover's sex-change operation. So began a chain of events that becam… Read more

BASQUE BALL, SKIN AGAINST STONE (Julio Medem, 2004)
Basque Ball, Skin Against Stone (La Pelota Vasca, la Piel Contra la Piedra) Spain 'This film aims to be an invitation to discussion. This film has been conceived with respect towards all opinions. Th… Read more

BECOMING TRAVIATA (Philippe Béziat, 2012)
"Riveting ... A treat for fans of opera, the performing arts, and documentaries about process." - Variety ... A film for anyone interested in the creative process and the collaborative nature of thea… Read more

BEEFCAKE (Thom Fitzgerald, 1998)
Having stirred the emotions of MIFF audiences fast year with his debut feature The Hanging Garden, Thorn Fitzgerald blends documentary and fiction in an entertaining and provocative homage to 1950s m… Read more

BEHIND THE MASK (Frank Martin, 1990)
Behind The Mask is a unique collaborative production commenced in London, shot in Belfast and completed here in Melbourne. The film initially started life as a project to be made for British televisi… Read more

BEING ELMO (Constance Marks, 2011)
"There are Piggy people in the world, and Kermit people, and Grover people, but Elmo people are everywhere." - Variety ... Red, furry and with an infectious laugh that teaches children to hug, Elmo i… Read more

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