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Theodore Major is a cranky old man. He's arguably one of England's greatest painters. But Theodore's finished with money - he wants his paintings seen, not sold, and if you can't understand that or them then you're blind. Crippled with arthritis, he's going down with his brushes blazing. Friend and ... Read more
Is a chemical bomb ticking away in the inner-west? Could Footscray become our very own Bhopal? In The Shadow Of The Chimney examines the interaction of residents and potentially hazardous industries in Melbourne's inner-west. Through interviews the residents are able to voice their anger, their ... Read more
There have been many examinations made of the 'American malady', but few as incisive and frightening as Bill Donovan's Inheritance Donovan started this project in 1978, initially planning to make a film about the graduates of a particular college class, which included Linda McCartney (nee Eastman) ... Read more
Observational composition and unobtrusive reflections create a meditative tone for this portrait of Mongolia. This breathtaking journey juxtaposes images of an ancient world set against a modern society. ... Read more
The sense of sight is central to the experience of cinema and of the world for most people. This simple but profoundly moving documentary intimately suggests through the daring use of photographic special effects and sound prespective, the subjective point of view of the world of a man who has lost ... Read more
Four handicapped children of ten, each working at their task; to write, to swim to dance, to speak. We do not see their disability, not 'how hard it must be for them', but rather see them simply at work, acting and existing in the world that their bodies shape for them. it works uses the simplest ... Read more
You couldn't be further from the open plains, but that hasn't dimmed the enthusiasm of the guitar plucking, country singing cowboys of Japan. ... Celebrating another example of the Japanese infatuation with American culture, this video introduces several serious devotees of the American Country and ... Read more
Become the Perfect Japanese, with this step by step mock educational video. Japanese Tradition is fun, quirky and very cool. When exploring Dogeza, the art of apology, and Sushi, the art of eating sushi, the irony is ever-present—and tradition and courtesy have never been so amusing or hip! ... Read more
Become the Perfect Japanese, with this step by step mock educational video. Japanese Tradition is fun, quirky and very cool. When exploring Dogeza, the art of apology, and Sushi, the art of eating sushi, the irony is ever-present—and tradition and courtesy have never been so amusing or hip! ... Read more
So, this is what Jerusalem looks like from a bread delivery push-cart? Some great steadi-cam work and editing propel us through this ancient city's back streets and market places; from the strange tranquility of the Wailing Wall to the dark narrow back streets. Captured (almost) are the smells ... Read more
What is it like to be a woman with a beard? To be a performer at one of the only remaining sideshows in America?Juggling Gender pushes viewers to explore their own assumptions about construction of sexual and gender identity. ... Read more
Without a doubt, one of the most exciting musical forms to come to the West's attention, Juju music is a vital thread in the social fabric of Western Nigeria. The music incorporates traditional song forms, rhythms and instruments with Western musical influences and instrumentation. ... It was ... Read more
The star of Julie is Julie Jarrell Lyons, who was born in 1903 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. In telling the stories of her life, Julie evokes in an inimitable way a world gone by, the memories that lie behind a patchwork quilt or a yellowed daguerreotype. ... Read more
A vivid and compelling portrait of transsexuality in Iran. Morvarid strives to conciliate her Islamic culture, her family and her sex work. But, more than this, she strives to become a woman. Won the Teddy Jury prize at Berlin. ... Read more
A film about the jewel of Australia's national parks, Kakadu, and about the teachings of Bill Niedjie (Kakadu Man). ... Kakadu Man is Bill Niedjie's story, a story of the land, looked after for thousands of years by the indigenous Australian aborigines, now abused. This theme is translated through ... Read more
In his latest doco, Melbourne filmmaker Brian McKenzie develops the observational documentary style employed in his earlier films,The Last Days Work (MIFF86) and I'll be Home for Christmas (MIFF "85). It was while filming the latter - a rambling look at homeless men in Melbourne, that McKenzie ... Read more
The tragic story of rubber bullets used by English soldiers in Northern Ireland resulting in the death of children. Far from making judgments, the film highlights the tragedy of kids killing kids in a situation which teenage soldiers cannot understand. Made up of grainy black and white hand-held ... Read more
"Lallie is a film about my grandmother, Lallie Coombs. Her stories about her life were always deemed inaccurate by the rest of the family. I remember my father saying, 'Mother, You never let the truth get in the way of a good story'. He still says that." A rare film in the now popular genre of ... Read more
Elusive images, sometimes familiar, often obscure, swim upon the screen and resolve into a striking and unique record of last year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. (TH) ... Read more
Last October marked the 40th anniversary of the beginning of what some observers have called The American Inquisition - the House Un-American Activities Committee's investigation of Communist activities m Hollywood in 1947. What ensued was a not-so-golden page in Hollywood history, an era of ... Read more
The amazing and involving story of a young Algerian woman with mutiple sclerosis, Letter from Childhood uses a mixture of ethnographic observation, reconstruction and personal reminiscence to tell its story. ... Constructed from a series of fragments of her life the story is given coherence by the ... Read more
Australian women speak out: all you've ever wanted to know about red lipstick, and more. A fast, snappy 'microdoc' that moves between the tongue-in-cheek, the inside story, and good ol' exotic Vogue-shaped red lips. Eyecatching images and great soundtrack. ... Read more
Why do people live where they do? Do they have a choice in the way they live? What does 'home' mean? Living Room is not about the politics of housing, hut reveals unique cultural aspects. ... David Caesar continues on from last year's award winning Shoppingtown, taking Jean Rouch to Sydney's ... Read more
A challenging doco scanning the arena of lesbian S&M, offering glimpses into the professional and personal worlds of a club entertainer in London's Soho. Pungent and provocative. ... Read more
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