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Australian film maker Jeremy Weinstein goes to Cannes during the film festival to track down his idol and namesake. Miramax boss. Harvey Weinstein. Jeremy's relentless search is spurred on by the startling coincidences that link the two Wemstein filmmaking dynasties. ... Read more
John's only sink is in the bathroom. We see him expertly wash up the dishes in this challenging space while reflecting on matters such as music, work ethics, economics and the dishes themselves. A short video which is surprising, intimate and arresting. Filmmaker Jan Bruck manages to be both ... Read more
A man, a very tight pair of trousers and a bull... ... Read more
Les Blank's Flower Films presents the latest m a series of films on Louisiana and Caj'un cul­ture by filmmakers Les Blank, Maureen Gosling and Chris Simon. "It bit me and got a hold of me and I never could get it out of my blood" is how Marc Savoy describes the begin­ning, at age seven, of ... Read more
Why are we watching a film about this quite ordinary, oldish man in his very bourgeois, chintzy little suburban house? Will his friend, who is coming around for a cup of tea, provide some drama? ... Well, no he won't, but we do find out that clothes do not maketh the man, and that beauty is more or ... Read more
This extraordinary film follows an old man, deaf mute since birth, who every day regard­less of weather, hikes four miles to the nearest cinema where he watches films in his own unique way. ... Read more
This dramatized documentary about the life of the controversial High Court Judge Lionel Murphy (1922-88) comprises reenactments, interviews and archival footage. The film doc­uments Murphy's role in introducing many radical legal and political reforms and the forces within the Australian ... Read more
"A cast of Hawks...A watch of Nightingales...A Murmuration of Starlings." This short black-and-white film is a lyrical study of the common starling, sturnis vulgari. But this is no traditional wildlife documentary, this is an innovative visual treat. Using animated, live-action and optically ... Read more
A one-shot video diary from a hotel in Berlin, [Museum Piece] places the thoughts and experiences of the filmmaker into today's political climate, travelling through the halls of a hotel to a small but poignant discovery. [Museum Piece] screened in Rotterdam, 2005. --- D/S/P/WS John Smith TD ... Read more
The Mutoid Waste Company are a group of European performance artists whose spectacular live shows and nomadic lifestyle have made them counterculture celebrities. Originating in the Free Festivals of England during the 70s and 80s The Mutoid Waste Company scour the junkyards of Europe for the ... Read more
My Mama Done Told Me is about torch songs as they arc experienced in real life It weaves together classical recordings (by Edith Piaf, Nina Simone and Peggy Lee, among others) with dramatic dance sequences performed by Lynne Seymour, based on Elizabeth Smarts evocative depiction of an obsessive ... Read more
A celebration of the short essay film. It's just hard to stop making short films. ... Read more
My Place is a video 8 documentary exploring certain personalities around a discotheque-club in Maroochydore, Queensland, circa 1987. The treatment is naive, the film has the look and feel very much of a home movie while the off screen interviewer elicits strange familiarity from the subjects of the ... Read more
The filmmaker moves into a studio flat in Jerusalem, and finds herself embroiled in an ongoing battle between the neighbours on either side of her. One is a hostile, bitter per­vert, glorifying in his (dubious) past army career. The other is an extreme right-wing radi­cal, who claims to be ... Read more
Written and directed by the festival's longstanding Asian Cinema consultant, Tony Rayns, this is a comprehensive overview of the truly cultural revolution which is taking place in the Chinese cinema of the Eighties as new generations of film school graduates, immune to the strictures of traditional ... Read more
Fascinating documentary, punctuated by evocative footage from every conceivable New York story as depicted by several generations of visual artists, which manages to show 'how film is used in a variety of unconventional ways in order to explore and reveal various visions and experiences of a ... Read more
Art advocacy film about female ejaculation. Black and white to distinguish itself from pornography, multi-layered sound to distinguish itself from the patriarchal narrative, explicit and confronting, yet playful and ironic. Nice Girls Don't Do It is either a post Irigarayian textuality of ... Read more
Winnipeg, 1939: Bosnian immigrant Nihad Ademi conceives of a way to turn the music of the Aurora Borealis into film. ... This short is not in competition ... --- D/S Guy Maddin P Joe MacDonald, Lindsay Hamel WS National Film Board of Canada TD betacamsp/2009 --- D/S Guy Maddin P Joe MacDonald ... Read more
With Big Brother's Johnnnie Cass in the role of Gigolo, this dramatised doco explores the world of Sydney sexworker Sasha Nikolovic. After leaving war-torn Yugoslavia to avoid being drafted, he reflects on the impact of the conflict and leaving his homeland and family. ... Read more
No Mess is a documentary about two ordinary women and their extraordinary cleaning business. Clean Scene provides 'Forensic Restoration Services'—they clean up after death, whether it be the physical evidence of murder, suicide or the unsorted possessions of old people who've passed away ... Read more
No Place Like Home is the story of a young girl, Barbara Faye Wilson, who lives with her mother, brother and sister in homeless shelters and cheap motels. This film is arresting in both its bleak nature and emotional intensity. It unfolds as a diary, quietly observing over eight months the comings ... Read more
Mercy Steele remembers her close-to idyllic childhood in rural Queensland in the twenties. Images of the landscape, abundant foods and fruits interspersed with reconstructed snatches of the way things were, show a simple life that belies the tragedy which her family later suffered. Her mother dying ... Read more
Five seropositive black gay men talk about their personal struggle with AIDS. Music and poetry lend a special accent to the quiet, some­times startlingly personal remarks. Each story is characterised by panic, resignation and silence, but also the liberating healing power of the men's ... Read more
Raw emotion dominates the 2002 Queensland Air Guitar Championships. JJ Speedball struts his Cherry-Ass rock'n'roll, while Slurvie Ray Vaughan goes menerk, a level above berserk. Is this the stuff of dreams or the greatest rock'n'roll swindle of the 21st century? ... Read more
This charming film follows Emil - circus director and ringmaster - and his little circus from one village to the next, through the Austrian winter landscape. The film reveals the endless routine of circus life and the personal lives of the circus director and his family. We meet his jovial partner ... Read more
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