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With the birth of his son, comedy director Jes Bestock explores his previously sidelined family in a paranoid attempt to protect his child from the darker side of his gene pool. Combining computer graphics and video, this amusing short doc looks at the family in all its complexity. --- D Jes ... Read more
The children of Kosovo survive in the aftermath of war, each with their own gripping, surreal and sad stories of memory, loss and fear. ... --- ... D Birgitte Staermose P Jesper Morthorst S Peter Asmussen WS Danish Film Institute L Albanian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009 ... --- ... D Birgitte ... Read more
Annie Griffin begins with a photograph of her family taken in the squeaky clean 50s it is a clas­sic all American line-up, a beaming mother and father and five cute children Griffin takes each of these faces and one by one interrogates them with those awkward questions wed all love to ask of ... Read more
An enthralling look at a footnote to Hollywood history, this is essentially a straightforward overview of the phenomenal rise and fall of the American independent film production company B.B.S., the creative force behind the making of such 'alternative' milestones as Easy Rider, 69, Five Easy ... Read more
A humorous look into one of the more harm­less forms of California suburban culture: Topi­ary as a vernacular American art form. The retiree, who shapes voluminous sombrero hats out of his shrubs, the woman who prefers pom­poms, and an assortment of nosey neighbours, populate this ... Read more
Three Mexican window cleaners risk their lives on a daily basis abseiling down Chicago's tallest skyscrapers. Paradise reveals the danger of their job and what they see on the way down. A cinematically exquisite film that won Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival and Seattle ... Read more
Asking "where's the line between healthy scepticism and lunacy?" Robert Edwards' brief essay on the place of paranoia in contemporary American culture, traverses some popular conspiracy theories with appeal to those who cannot "accept the idea of moral anarchy" sketching the social and cultural ... Read more
Patti Smith and her poetry wind their way through the streets of New York City, as she voices her thoughts on her neighbourhood and her life. ... --- ... D/P/S Jem Cohen WS LUX TD digibeta/2008 ... --- ... D/P/S Jem Cohen WS LUX TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
Eco Paul cares for the environment. Wherever he goes, he obsessively collects rubbish from the streets of Melbourne. This moving doco follows the filmmaker's journey from shame and embarrassment to an acceptance of her brother, his unusual personality and his noble mission. --- D/S Glenda Tobias P ... Read more
The death of his brother triggers Jay Rosenblatt's poetic series of chapters that explore the various stages of grief. This powerful film reminds us that while grief is painful and isolating, it is, like life itself, impermanent. --- D/S/P Jay Rosenblatt WS Jay Rosenblatt Films TD video/col ... Read more
A cross between Cops and a seedy pulp novella, this 'action-based reality short' is a stylish, entertaining and insightful portrait of a modern private investigator, whose stomping ground is the mean streets of NYC. Directed by Monica Sharf, this noir-esque documentary accompanies Dempster and his ... Read more
Toongabbie Public School was the largest polling booth in Australia's most marginal federal electorate. Labour campaign workers arrive to find the Liberals have plastered the school with banners. Will democracy return to Toongabbie? The battle of the bunting has begun. ... Read more
Gosha Prokoshenkov is a thirteen year old boy living in a boys home in Moscow. This beautifully constructed cinema verite work provides a portrait from the streets rooftops and parks of one child's Moscow of today. Abandoned by his par­ents, institutionalised in an uncaring system, Gosha speaks ... Read more
Robbie Conal is an artist who sneaks about at night with a broom and a bucket of glue. He has a healthy disrespect for most politicians and celebrities, and is keen to show his art outside galleries, in the streets. Despite the illegality of the activity, he encourages other people to sneak around ... Read more
In the orchestra of the post office some letters are held until the recipient calls for it - even when addressed to a higher power. ... --- ... D/S Marcel ozi ski P Dorota Roszkowska L Polish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008 ... --- ... D/S Marcel ozi ski P Dorota Roszkowska L Polish w/English ... Read more
Krysztof Wodiczko is an artist who does not dis­play his work in galleries but by using large for­mat slides to project his carefully constructed images on the facades of large public buildings, for all to see. He aims to engage the public by juxtaposing images and the environment/ ... Read more
Puaniana is a portrait of the elegant and vener­ated Irmgard Farden Aluli, one of Hawaii's best loved composers. The name Puamana is central to Inngard's life — it is the name of the family homestead, of the Hawaiian musical group she formed with two daughters and a niece, and of her most ... Read more
On the slopes of the Swiss Alps, six bodies invoke essential and powerful retelling of the story of St Luke. Portrayed mainly by explorative dance, Queens for a Day is a visual splendour. Spirituality and passion is beautifully and poetically crafted to give us this portrayal of the timeless ... Read more
This rock'n'roll documentary explores the relationship between war and music through a group of young survivors of the Bosnian war. Surprisingly, they look back on their lives during the siege of Sarajevo with nostalgia. --- D/P Richard Rudy, James Harvey, Holly Lubbock, Stevan Riley WS Barefoot ... Read more
Home movie documentary and abstract imagery combine to uncover the layers of truths of a family history that absorbs the viewer in this assured and elegant piece of filmmaking. (KH) ... Read more
Simon thought he knew his parents, but family ties aren't always as they appear. This is a haunting and evocative film which unravels the family secrets of one man's childhood. Beneath a splendid array of visual effects, Simon's story unfolds with the tenuous clarity of a childhood dream. Images ... Read more
Revolt into Style examines the emergence of young Australian designers at a time when streetwise chic punk music and a growing international awareness confronted the mainstream. Avant Garde creation either disappears or is absorbed by the mainstream it opposes. What happened? This is a high energy ... Read more
The story of Genni Batterham, a young healthy and active woman who contracts multiple sclerosis and becomes a paraplegic in just eighteen months. Riding the Gale looks at Genni and her husband Kim ten years later and explores their maturing and the remarkable spirit that blossoms. Their life, shown ... Read more
This explosive one hour documentary gives air to various positions on a topical, contentious issue the legal and civil rights of lesbians and homosexual men. Against the mounting concern and irrevocable, world-wide tragedy arising from the AIDS crisis and within the specific context of a historic ... Read more
History does not repeat itself, Historians repeat each other. Rosie's Secret uncovers one of Australia's forgotten heroes, Rosie Foster. Talking to an array of identities, including Phillip Adams and Dale Spender, we discover the pivotal role Foster played in the construction and celebration of one ... Read more
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