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Bingo, Bridesmaids and Braces represents the evolution of Gillian Armstrong's work begun with Smokes and Lollies 75 and later, Fourteen's Good, Eighteen's Better '80 Each work follows the lives of three women from Adelaide's working class suburbs, as they mature and gain their independence. ... Read more
In winter the Arctic fishing settlement of Shoina is blanketed by polar night; in summer, endless windstorms cover the settlement in sand. This film is a metaphysical reflection about Russia: the role of the state, endless hardships, the freedom longed for by millions of Russians and their ... Read more
A short, 'intimate' documentary that attempts to investigate the inner sensualities that make all our bodies beautiful. It investigates our physicality as human beings, how we use our bodies and how conscious we are of the poten­tials of the flesh. ... Read more
Lizzie Reed is seventy four years old and has devoted her later life to bringing love and hope into the lives of babies born into the hopeless life of Crack. The style of the film reflects wonderfully Lizzie's life; meandering and forever convinced the world is good. This is despite the obvious ... Read more
Are we what we underwear? Highly stylised in its approach, Brief Secrets enters the personal worlds of five unusual characters who talk about the meaning of their underwear. ... Read more
Glimpses of Britain's thriving 50s rock and roll scene, centred on a young couple's passion for the U.S. music, dancing, clothes and style of the period. "I couldn't be a 90s working woman — I'd rather be a 50s housewife work­ing part-time with Rock'n'Roll." ... Read more
Says Bruce Weber, “In the summer of 1983 at the Colorado Sports Festival, I was photographing all the young athletes who had a chance to go to the Olympics. ... One day a light weight boxer, Andy Minsker, came to he photographed. He looked like a young Chet Baker when he was playing his trumpet ... Read more
Shot in grainy black and white, this is a smooth slice of New York's time-warped barber shop culture. Immensely stylish and laid back, Brooklyn on the Bowery exudes an irresistible 50s style and look. You can almost smell the single cuts (remember them?), Brylcream and hot towels as these old ... Read more
In town camps and remote communities of Central Australia, Aboriginal boys and girls begin their apprenticeships early, making bush bikes! ... Read more
This short version about Japanese Butoh dancers has been prepared to assist with raising support and finance for a feature length production. Butoh is sometimes called the 'dance of darkness', and though little appreciated in Japan it has been drawing large audiences in Europe and America, and has ... Read more
[Butterfly Man] is Samantha Rebillet's brilliant profile of Don Herbison-Evans, a man who studies butterflies and then experiences his own human metamorphosis on the dance floor. --- D/S Samantha Rebillet P Justin Davies WS AFTRS TD video/col/2004/6mins ... Read more
A film about the world of the Sao Paulo homeless a visual poem of great beauty and intensity Combining documentary footage and "dramatic" sequences the filmmaker comments on the often primitive nature of our struggle for space for survival in modern society. (KH) ... Read more
This stylised off-heat documentary is thought provoking as well as entertaining because of its unusual mix of biological fact and off-the-cuff comment We see that as cane toads have spread geographically they have also crawled through all social milieu - from old timers who keep them as pets to ... Read more
A prisoner of the war between Iran and Iraq has been writing a letter to his son, whom he hasn't seen for 18 years. He is placed on the list of prisoners to be released, but he's still apprehensive. This intricately observed piece takes the form of the prisoner reading a letter to his unknown son. ... Read more
For those grieving for the 70,000 who died in the Sichuan Province's 2008 earthquake, justice is just one more thing they'll have to live without. ... --- ... D Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill P Jon Alpert, Peter Kwong, Michelle Mi, Matthew O'Neill, Ming Xia WS HBO L Chengdu dialect, Mandarin w/English ... Read more
A personal essay that entwines the filmmaker's conflicting sense of birthplace Calcutta and home, England The paradoxes of memory, personal and political history are synthesised by a complex montage of stunning images and the personal revelation which forms the narrative, in a style reminiscent of ... Read more
A gospel legend from her work with the 'Sweet Inspirations', this film traces Cissy Houston's career - from smokey clubs to gospel choir rehearsals, from a 'Sweet Inspirations' re-union concert to a waiting Sunday morning service, from a nostalgic Gospel sing in the living room with The Drunkard ... Read more
Are fantasy writers seriously weird people? Clive Barker, the English writer, illustrator and filmmaker is, and if you are not an avid fan of Barker's miscreations, you will still find him seriously weird and perhaps disturbing He believes m the phantoms and monsters unleashed in the human mind and ... Read more
In 1915 a group of men from the small town of Gilgandra in mid west NSW organised a march to Sydney, 550km away, recruiting volunteers enroute to sign up and fight for their country at Gallipoli. This novel campaign was a great success with 263 volunteers arriving in Sydney, in what became known as ... Read more
Anything but trash, this short documentary is a detective story and a comic snapshot of American culture in the US-Mexico border town of El Paso. In his quest to understand the reclusive novelist Cormac McCarthy, film maker Rafe Greenlee explores the meaning of privacy in a very public way. ... Read more
“I'm trusted with a pair of scissors and I'm in here for murder”. ... The Scottish Prison Service hairdressing competition is just around the corner and Francis, the current champion, is getting ready to defend his title. Cutting Loose demystifies life behind bars while following several of the ... Read more
When 110,000 Japanese people and Americans of Japanese origin were interned in the United States in 1942, painter Estelle Peck Ishigo decided to follow her husband. She recorded with great sensitivity through her painting the great suffering of these people at the hands of their own countrymen, a ... Read more
General Electrical "Bring Good Things To Life " But does it really? Deadly Deception juxta­poses General Electric's rosy commercials with the true stones of those whose lives have been devastated by the company's involvement in nuclear weapons production It reveals what the company has never ... Read more
'a new pair of shoes makes me really happy'? In this remarkable and often unsettling film, 10 debutantes reflect on their lives and goals, and deliver a fleeting impression of youth, ceremony and transformation. --- D/P/WS Michael Carmody, Justine Beltrame TD video/col/2005/8mins ... Read more
Dexter On Vacation records the last perfor­mance of legendary saxophonist Dexter Gor­don aboard the S S Normandy during the 1988 Floating Jazz Festival "When Dexter stood in my studio and played 'If You Can See Me Now', I was mesmerized Dexter On Vacation is the result of the intimate ... Read more
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