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Tim Patterson just about manages to achieve the impossible in his 'epic-grammatic' bid to explain Japan in twenty words or less (give or take a few). Take-away impressions of a complex culture occur in the speedy collision of opinion personal experience and cliche. Somewhere in amongst the ... Read more
[.Tibbar] tells the story in reverse (the title spelt backwards reads rabbit) of 20,000 albino rabbits on a breeding farm. In astonishing detail we see the entire lives of these trapped rabbits. The oddly normal backward movements of both breeders and rabbits evoke a sense of extreme distance, and ... Read more
The direct and fragmentary narratives of dead, wounded and fleeing civilians and soldiers powerfully conveys the reality of the Russian Chechen conflict in [14 Episodes]. ... --- ... D/P Murad Mazaev WS Kaukasus TV Foundation L Chechen w/English subtitles TD video/col/2004/9mins ... Read more
Ghostly images flicker through the projector. An unidentified family amuse themselves on a beach. This home movie accidently left in the super 8 camera given to the filmmaker by his girlfriend on return from Belfast becomes the filmmakers obsession. Transfixed by the family m the film he sets out ... Read more
Brendan Behan's life can be divided into 3 parts his youthful years in an English jail for his activities on hehalf of the I.R.A., his writing, drawn largely from his experiences as a prisoner, and his prodigious boozing, which resulted in his death in 1963 at the age of 41 ... Allan Miller's ... Read more
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A Pair of One is a complex and resonant study of a strange and fascinating pair of twins. Greta and Freda are identical twins who dress alike, try to walk in step and for much of the time speak the same words in unison. They are inextricably bound to each other and if separated they wail and scream ... Read more
A personal diary film examining the relationship between a woman and her father, a methodist minister. Through the use of home movies the filmmaker attempts an emotional and intellectual reconciliation. ... ”Life was a series of routines, and Sunday was the worst day of the week. Each new year, I ... Read more
This stylised documentary film follows a group of teenagers at a party that gradually disintegrates over the course of a night. An inspiring miniature, it traces the rhythms of an adolescent gathering with a sense of poetry, intimacy and remarkable simplicity. ... Read more
Butoh is confronting, sexual and serene Japanese dance. This film documents a selection of stunning performances from one of its best exponents, Carlotta Ikeda. Butoh is unlike any other form of dance tearing at the flesh of social constructs and laying bare the primal and spiritual bones of us ... Read more
Akiko-san has followed her husband's career path to Scarsdale in America and finds herself uncomfortably immersed in the simmering melting pot of expatriate Japanese culture. Here a housewife is either perm-san or temp-san (a reference to her style of residence-not hair). This 'work-doc' stirs it ... Read more
All That is Solid is speculative documentary taking the future in Australia as its subject. ... Today, unlike the 1840s, 1930s or 1960s. There are no unifying visions of a progressive or humanitarian future. Instead, new technologies take on the outmoded mantle of the hero, diversity and difference ... Read more
A girl is travelling to a prison to see her mother. A film about a small girl, a vast solitude and cinema's sublime ability to create a more real reality. ... Read more
Animal Tracks is about the relationships humans have with animals: how we look after them, how we treat them, the way we adopt or dispose of them, and our ongoing fascination with animals. ... It takes us on a ride, 'tracking' slowly past cages, enclosures, paddocks and displays. We are the ... Read more
April Diary is a poetic chronicle of a descent to the horrors behind the Falklands war. A highly subjective and personal search for the fragments of an ongoing war in Argentina. ... Read more
Centered around Charlie Gaul's victory in the 1956 Tour de France this lyrical film explores mythologies, both personal and collective, that have grown up around this event and the nature of the myth itself.- (PH) ... Read more
Artist on Fire is a portrait, first and foremost, of the artist at work For her documentary on renowned Canadian artist, Joyce Weiland, Armatage isn't content to follow the conventional, show-and-tell rules of art documentaries. ... In relation to this artistic process, analysis is placed in its ... Read more
Tells the story of Atomic Ed. a former nuclear scientist turned-atomic-Junk-colleclor who is building a museum of nuclear waste in an attempt to preserve Los Alamos National Laboratory's hidden history. ... Read more
A haiku film by lara Lee combines calligraphy and shakuhachi music. This experimental piece juxtaposes the master poet Basho and the contemporary poet Allen Ginsberg. ... Read more
Avoca traces the filmmaker's memories of growing up in a small coastal town, amidst the burgeoning beach culture of the 70s. A poignant and revealing testimony, it blends Australian popular history with an individual sense of belonging. ... Read more
This blackly comic look at taxidermy leads us to think about our own relationships with our families, our pets and death. --- D/S Samantha Reynolds P Nora Donaghy WS Nora Donaghy TD video/col/ 2005/27mins ... Read more
Gaby Bustros, a member of one of the original seven great families of Lebanon, left her home in Beirut at the age of 19 to work, study and travel. For years she watched the events in her country unfold from afar. But on 9 April 1981, in a front page article in the Washington Post, Gaby learned that ... Read more
Best in Beef juxtaposes surreal visions of hell in a slaughterhouse against abattoir workers eating at lunchtime. Images of blood-splattered faces between mouthfuls sit uneasily alongside the upstairs executive in suits, methodically eating while doing business on the phone. With a detached ... Read more
In this, her first film, noted Philippine actress, Grace Amilbangsa, displays a sensitive approach to a potentially sensational subject and an impressive command of expressive film language. In a seductive atmosphere of claus­trophobic intimacy and slow-burning menace, she unfolds a tale of ... Read more
It's been 60 years since Enid and Clarry were married and today they plan to renew their wedding vows. There's only one small hitch, they're having trouble remembering them. The Big Day is a romantic comedy by renowned filmmaker Christine Olsen, scriptwriter of Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002). --- D/P/WS ... Read more
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