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... ... Directors Tom Marksbury and Tom Thur­man fell under the spell of Warren Oates at a young age after seeing him in The Wild Bunch and made this film partly in an endeav­our to explain to themselves, and others, the source of their obsession. Says Thurman, "Warren Oates is the classic ... Read more
Pratibha Parmar (Khush, A Place Of Rage) joins with author Alice Walker (The Color Puiple, Possessing The Secret Of Joy) in a moving exploration of the cultural and political issues surrounding the practice of female genital mutilation. ... Alice Walker presents interviews with women from Senegal ... Read more
“The moment when one thing turns into another thing is the most beautiful.” - artist Vik Muniz ... From the squalor and poverty of the world's largest rubbish dump comes a work of pure artistry and joy. ... Lucy Walker trains her camera on Brazilian artist Vik Muniz as he hatches a new project ... Read more
"Essential viewing for those frustrated by the media's seeming inability to digest one of our moment's most important stories" - Hollywood Reporter ... Having redefined civil disobedience for the digital age and attracted the attention of the masses with a series of audacious online protests and ... Read more
An intensely immersive portrait of a dot com visionary you've probably never heard of. ... In the 90s internet guru Josh Harris saw the future of technology and turned the online landscape into his own Warholian canvas. Experimenting not only with the possibilities of the medium but also with the ... Read more
Leningrad, 19 July 1961. A summer's day and the newspapers are full of the usual articles. The world is (un)comfortably entangled in the Cold War. An average day in Leningrad: 101 babies are born in the Soviet city, 51 girls and 50 boys. One of them is filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky. ... St ... Read more
“Grippingly emotional. Heartbreaking, humbling and inspiring.” - TVNZ ... When a City Falls documents the effects of the two earthquakes that rocked Christchurch in 2010 and 2011. Made for the big screen, its on-the-ground footage - captured within moments of both earthquakes - is immediate and ... Read more
When Billy Golfus, Award-winning radio jour­nalist, became brain-damaged as a result of a motor scooter accident ten years ago, he became one of the 43 million Americans with disabilities—the country's largest vocal minority. ... When Billy Broke His Head... is a chronical of Gol­fus' ... Read more
“If I've learned anything from big budget action movies it's that complicated global problems are best solved by one lonely guy.” - filmmaker Morgan SpurlockHaving lost the weight from the fast food experiment that was Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock returns in an attempt to track down the ... Read more
A civilization under threat, clinging to tradition. ... In southern Chile, unnoticed by the rest of the world for centuries, a remote community of people exist who call themselves Mapuche-Pehuenche - The People of the Pine Nut. The pine nut is the fruit of the Araucaria tree, the basis of their ... Read more
“Those who contend the jury is out on global warming aren't sitting in the same courtroom as the makers of The White Planet.” - Variety Recounting the effects of the changing seasons on the environment of the North Pole, Thierry Ragobert and Thierry Piantanida's documentary uses breathtaking ... Read more
“I like relationships and I like flesh.” - Kathy Acker ... Boldly exploring the extremities of an extreme woman, Who's Afraid of Kathy Acker? chronicles one of America's original ‘outlaw writers', Kathy Acker: punk icon, one-time sex worker, tattooed, pierced and banned in many countries ... Read more
“I see a lot of me in the horses. Taken out of the chaos, brought here, taken to a great place.” - inmate Anthony Edwards ... Each year at the base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, selected inmates from the Canon City Corrections Facility are paired with some of the 32,000 wild mustang horses ... Read more
The personalities of a flock of oversized budgies and their hippy caretaker ensnare you in the irresistibly charming [The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill]. ... "It's also a portrait of Mark Bittner, the quasi-Saint Francis of San Francisco, who monitors, feeds, and - simply put - loves these ... Read more
American photographer William Eggleston introduced colour photography into an art world still clinging to monochrome. When the Museum of Modern Art in New York used Eggleston's work to mark its first one-man colour photographic exhibition in 1976, the museum inflamed outrage in the critics who ... Read more
In the last decade of the 1800s the town of Black Falls, Wisconsin, suffered some very, very bad times. As if a curse had been invoked against the inhabitants of this idyllic rural community, murder, arson, insanity, disease, suicide and gruesome tragedies began to proliferate. One man, the local ... Read more
“Each of our pictures is a kind of visual love letter from us to the viewer, and it's the space between the viewer and the picture which makes art.” - George ProuschJulian Cole's latest film charts the 40-year career of one of the art world's most well known double acts, Gilbert Prousch and ... Read more
“Write about what you know. More writers fail because they try to write about things they don't know than for any other reason.” - William S. Burroughs ... Filmmakers Lars Movin and Steen Møller Rasmussen discovered footage of an encounter between Beat generation legend William S ... Read more
Wozene: My Last Favourite (Wozene: Min Siste Favoritt) Norway An intimate and moving story about a family reunion that takes an unexpected twist. One of the filmmakers, Hannah Wozene was adopted into the prosperity of a Norwegian family from Ethopia at the age of two following the death of her ... Read more
If nothing else, this is an essay in charisma.” - Hollywood Reporter Tony Kushner is a Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright. Wrestling With Angels tells of his relentlessly creative spirit and how he became an outspoken activist - a compassionate spokesperson for outsiders - and one of ... Read more
Many will ask why Anders Breivik went on his killing spree. Many still ask why they didn't die. ... Acclaimed Dutch documentarian John Appel had the germ of an idea: to make a film about coincidence and fate. The 2011 Norwegian massacre, which took 77 lives between the Oslo bombing and the ... Read more
Stanley Kwan explores his own history - as an eldest son gay man and film director - through the images of sexual identity in Chinese cinema. From the Shanghai classics of the 30s to the work of contemporary Oriental auteurs - Ang Lee, Tsui Hark, John Woo and Hou Hsiao-Hsien - Kwan discovers that ... Read more
“We are committed to rebuilding a proud Japan, where the prime minister can openly worship at Yasukuni.” - Japanese politican ... A celebrated but beleaguered documentary, Yasukuni drew a storm of controversy in Japan from ultra-nationalists, who labelled the film anti-Japanese. Chinese ... Read more
"Comedic vigilante justice." - USA Today ... Anti-globalisation pranksters Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are back with this followup to The Yes Men (MIFF 04), to again skewer the excesses of capitalism with their particular brand of gonzo activism. Impersonating executives (what they call ... Read more
The Yes Men USA'sundance 2004 has given us two more brilliantly subversive films: Super Size Me and The Yes Men.' -The Hollywood Reporter Meet Andy and Mike, two of the anti-corporate activist-pranksters known as the Yes Men. In this hilarious new doco from the makers of American Movie, these two ... Read more
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