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To a powerful soundtrack by Interpol (indeed commissioned by the band), Talmage Cooley ([Pol Pot's Birthday], MIFF 05) opens a window onto the life of Mike, a blind teenager growing up with a semi-tough gang of blind buddies in the tired neighbourhoods of Buffalo. --- D/WS Talmage Cooley P Talmage ... Read more
A short, experimental documentary belaying the disappear­ance of frogs in the nverways, and the death of a young father. Using strong images, this film explores the sadness of unexplained loss of human life and the environment. ... Read more
Alzheimers has almost become an 'OK' disease to joke about, being quite fondly referred to and demonstrated by 'dotty' TV relatives (Mother and Son, Absolutely Fabulous). Schatzman uses the quality of forgetfulness as a more sombre tool in his caustic political view of the United States' progress ... Read more
There are places we know nothing of, and might prefer don't exist at all. One of those places is the rubbish dump. Latvian filmmaker Laila Pakalnina turns the observational nature documentary around as the lives of insects, birds, reptiles and mammals are observed closely throughout a diurnal cycle ... Read more
The joys of love last but a short time. Through remarkably direct and intimate interviews, Melbourne filmmaker Lawrence Johnston allows us into his family as they ruminate on love and explore its joys and pains, based on the 59-year marriage of his parents. --- D/S Lawrence Johnston P/WS Peter ... Read more
The legend of Leo and Leva (or should that be Elvis!) told by the contemporary custodian of their story's sites. ... "All my stones have messages - philosophy, teachings. The stories are connected to our land, to our sacred sites, to our beginnings " - Lorraine Mafi-Williams ... Read more
The mythical abode of bliss and pleasure, or the scene of massive destruction of the landscape for the purposes of the export woodchip industry? ... The film takes us into the primordial beauty of the Australian bush and introduces us to Aboriginal narrator Benjamin Cruse. We're told simply, and ... Read more
During the Second World War Canadians of Italian extraction were interned as "aliens" in their own land. Elefanti, through the use of archival material and interviews, examines the effects of this internment on one man's life and uses the elephant as a metaphor for the resilience of the human ... Read more
This expressionist portrait of people living in the harsh highland region of Europe, at the bottom of the Caucasus mountain summits, is both alien and seductive. Accompanying haunting images of the village are the songs and chanted words of the people themselves. Ancient writings on birth, death ... Read more
First-time filmmaker Tracey Rigney's immediate and sassy documentary takes a look at the scarcity of eligible Indigenous men, and the effects this has on Indigenous women looking for love and for the survival of Aboriginal people and culture. ... --- ... D/S Tracey Rigney P Carmel McAloon WS ... Read more
Endiang explores the gulf, a tragic landscape between Grandfather and Grandson, between a man who has lost his memory and the grand­son who returns to Endiang, Alberta, in an attempt to connect with him. A film about memory loss and the immensity of the Canadi­an prairie. ... Read more
Everyday Echo Street is a very personal and idiosyncratic portrait of the filmmaker's relationships and experiences in Highland Park, a working class neighbourhood she has lived in since 1981. The style is both conversational and anecdotal. Mogul combines documentary and diaristic footage and ... Read more
A filmmakers documentary on photographer, David Edwards, who has been taking photo­graphs of naked men for the past eleven years. Hundreds of albums line his shelves. One section of David's wall, he calls "The Quilt'. These are people who have died. "To photograph others, means that you ... Read more
A personal portrait of family dysfunction, told via a series of unearthed VHS home movies from the mid-1990s overdubbed with a new soundtrack. ... D/P Dustin Guy Defa TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
A drama-documentary which sets out to explore the role played by Sir Arthur (Bomber) Harris in the history of bombing. Intercutting drama, documentary and archive footage, the film examines the relationship between the use of carpet bombing during the Second World War and the political aims of the ... Read more
In Nicosia, the divided capital of Cyprus, a display of nationalism is taken to its logical conclusion. ... --- ... D/P John Smith WS John Smith Films L no dialogue TD 35mm/2010 ... --- ... D/P John Smith WS John Smith Films L no dialogue TD 35mm/2010 ... Read more
This gentle film follows the journey of 500 disabled people as they travel by train from Poland to Lourdes. Everything is taken care of by a Catholic bishop and 12 priests, including the loudspeaker broadcasting of prayers. Hoping for a miracle, the passengers sit tight in this wonderfully observed ... Read more
Fortunate Son was stolen by an advert from the 60s peace movement. Wilcox has stolen it back. Responding to the ad's patriotic misreading of the Creedence ditty, this film returns the song to its roots and exposes America's most fortunate son. ... Read more
The ebbs and flows the excitement the interest the emotion the films the guests the effort its a film festival and all in four minutes. (TH) ... Read more
Fragments of Grandmother is a beautifully crafted film dealing with the fragments of our lives, our families, our memories, our words, our thoughts and our possessions, and ultimately how these strands of our everyday interaction are drawn together at the time of a family death. ... Inspirational ... Read more
Galia Holzmann was a student at Israel's Haifa University and commuted at weekends to stay with her boyfriend in Jerusalem. An ordinary, gentle student life until she developed an unexplainable rash. What happened then is the story of the film, told in her own words. It is a har­rowing, moving ... Read more
A butterfly in a glass box provides a metaphor for migrant experience in this intriguing documentary. Disorienting abstract imagery, evoking both the beauty and alienation of the 'foreign' experience, is blended with fragmented spoken impressions, giving glimpses of how the individual's identity ... Read more
Melbournes Vaihalla Cinemas 24 hour Science Fiction Movie Marathons run to capacity crowds, fans armed with water pistols and sleeping bags. Upstairs in the booth the projectionists battle to keep the show running "Terry Bourke has been the projectionist for over thirty years. He loves to hate his ... Read more
If Afghan hounds are welcome in Australia, why aren't Afghan people, too' This animated documentary uses dogs as a metaphor to examine our 'multiculturalism' and our immigration policies. Alberton's stylised parody is an award-winning festival gem. --- D/S Paulo Alberton P Paulo Alberton, Rachel ... Read more
Going Up is "the birth of the skyscraper', the construction of a New York city skyscraper as a work of art. This is a breathtaking time-lapse film which captures the hard hat's intimate relationship with the edifice and fellow iron-workers, forty stones above New York harbour. ... Although thirty ... Read more
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