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WARREN OATES: ACROSS THE BORDER (Tom Thurman, 1992)
... ... 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 t… Read more

WARRIOR MARKS (Pratibha Parmar, 1993)
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 p… Read more

WASTE LAND (Lucy Walker, 2009)
“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 a… Read more

WE ARE LEGION: THE STORY OF THE HACKTIVISTS (Brian Knappenberger, 2012)
"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 dig… Read more

WE LIVE IN PUBLIC (Ondi Timoner, 2009)
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 o… Read more

WEDNESDAY (Victor Kossakovsky, 1996)
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 … Read more

WHEN A CITY FALLS (Gerard Smyth, 2011)
“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 bi… Read more

WHEN BILLY BROKE HIS HEAD AND OTHER TALES OF WONDER (David E. Simpson, Billy Golfus, 1994)
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—t… Read more

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN? (M) (Morgan Spurlock, 2008)
“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 f… Read more

WHISPERING OF THE TREES, THE (Tom Lemke, 2008)
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 -… Read more

WHITE PLANET, THE (Thierry Ragobert, Thierry Piantanida, 2005)
“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 envir… Read more

WHO'S AFRAID OF KATHY ACKER (Barbara Caspar, 2008)
“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 write… Read more

WILD HORSE REDEMPTION, THE (John Zaritsky, 2007)
“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 inmat… Read more

wild parrots of telegraph hill, the (Judy Irving, 2004)
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, t… Read more

WILLIAM EGGLESTON IN THE REAL WORLD (Michael Almereyda, )
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… Read more

WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP (James Marsh, 1999)
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,… Read more

WITH GILBERT & GEORGE (Julian Cole, 2007)
“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 char… Read more

WORDS OF ADVICE - WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS ON THE ROAD (Lars Movin, Steen Møller Rasmussen, 2007)
“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 M&oslas… Read more

WOZENE: MY LAST FAVOURITE (Ingvil Giske , Hannah Wozene Kvam, 2004)
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… Read more

WRESTLING WITH ANGELS - PLAYWRIGHT TONY KUSHNER (Freida Mock, 2006)
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 a… Read more

WRONG TIME WRONG PLACE (John Appel, 2012)
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 … Read more

YANG & YIN: GENDER IN CHINESE CINEMA (Stanley Kwan, 1996)
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 cont… Read more

YASUKUNI (Li Ying, 2007)
“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 o… Read more

YES MEN FIX THE WORLD THE (Andy Bichlbaum & Mike Bonnano, 2008)
"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 capita… Read more

YES MEN, THE (Dan Ollman, 2004)
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-pranks… Read more

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