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A woman journey's into the night and returns.---D/S Kasimir Burgess P Julia Ciccarone WS Kasimir Burgess TD video/col/2007/4mins ... Read more
A music-based comedy with surreal undertones showing the dismal suburban environment of an "average" family. On this ... particular morning music starts as a pulse and affects each member of the family in a different fashion. ... For the father the music initially releases and then overwhelms him ... Read more
A dance film with a different angle. Snappy editing, witty and pointed sound design, athletic performances and dramatic lighting enhance this inventive and joyous celebration of power and delicacy, grace and verve. ... Read more
A small group of old people in the quiet Nariel Valley of Victoria, strive to keep alive the folk music and dances of their youth. ... Read more
The average man, in ignorance and confusion, has an optimistic view of his future. The expert, wrapped in his knowledge and expertise, is pessimistic. It is this disparity of belief that the political cartoonist and humorist, Bruce Petty, animates in his film. Petty sees the world and its problems ... Read more
A young priest returns from Rome to attend his mother's funeral. His father has been bothered by the angels and finds his son's inability to explain things frustrating: "You left me and your mother to go chasing that meddling, long-haired, socialist, Jewish hippy and you don't even know what an ... Read more
When Bobby and Tia meet by accident, the last thing they want is a relationship. Bobby is hell-bent on self-destruction and, in Tia, he finds a willing companion.They embark on a brutal and damaging tryst fuelled by sex, alcohol and deceit. ... Tia's only emotional refuge is her childhood friend ... Read more
Playing like the first third of a feature film, A Day and a Half carefully observes the inter-relations between a family through the eyes of an 11 year old girl. ... Former AFTRS student Michael Karris shows exceptional feeling for nuance and telling but never showy direction, in this accomplished ... Read more
Old Joyce and Kevin Harvey are nice country people but a couple of real duds. Young Roy, their boarder, knows what's what and advises them on all matters financial. Sort of a bloke you can trust, I suppose. A cleverly written and acted comedy, knee deep in the Australian vernacular. ... Read more
In contrast to Peh's film Meianie El Mirs adap­tion of Barbara Baynton's thunderously symbol­ist and psychologically dramatic story 1907 story adopts a narrative form but it is in her very par­ticular eccentric and surreal style. This A Dreamer may not seem precious about Baynton's ... Read more
In this film from the Bush Studies project Peh conjours an ambient reading of Barbara Bayn­ton s 1907 neo Gothic short story. Perceived through a misty gauze in grainy black and white and a tinny scratched recording of a parlour song, the film evokes a deathly nostalgia with atmospheric ... Read more
Dad rushes mum to the maternity ward, and leaves the four young kids at home, and Dad's also locked the dog in who's eating all the rocky road, but the kids are locked out, and the iron has been left on, and the babysitter can't get her dress out of the locked jammed car door, and the mayhem ... Read more
A stylized account of girlhood when perversion is innocent,family is strange and adulthood lonely. Fast-moving screwball ... humour set against the Beatlemania hysteria of the 60s. ... Read more
A suburban working husband, Phil, through years of neglect, causes his wife, Jane, to desert him, leaving with him their two children, Damien and Cathy. His single work-mate, Terry, is totally unsympathetic to the situation and is of little help. ... The film follows the disintegration of the ... Read more
A pictorial and sound experiment to depict a mine disaster. Australian Film Awards, Open Section, Silver Award "for well contrived evocation of a tragedy in the gold mining days". Kodak Bronze Medallion for Black and White photography. ... Read more
... ... Ricci Vicenti was nineteen when he was shot dead by authorities in Canning Vale Remand Centre. He was in remand on a charge involving the theft of groceries, valued at seventy-five dollars. The tower guard was found by the Coroner to have committed 'justifiable homicide' and to have acted ... Read more
A Load of Wood is the second story from Three in One, a trilogy of short stories on the theme of neighbourliness or "mateship" in Australian social relationships. This episode tells about how in the depressed 'thirties two out-of-works raid a richer neighbour's wood to provide for their kitchen ... Read more
Free fall through featherless flight. ... Read more
This wacky picaresque film approaches dream, memory, desire and allegedly objective reality on equal terms. Campy stylisation and intuitive association tell a romantic tale of a journey lost. ... Read more
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Frances and Dorian play out the last few weeks of a lopsided relationship with wry humor, and some bitterness. Frances, a single mother with three children, copes with everything but her libido. Dorian, basking in her affection, exploits her needs and avoids paying her his share of the rent. ... Read more
A Pair of One is a complex and resonant study of a strange and fascinating pair of twins. Greta and Freda are identical twins who dress alike, try to walk in step and for much of the time speak the same words in unison. They are inextricably bound to each other and if separated they wail and scream ... Read more
This first film (the only Australian short film to be invited to Cannes this year) by visual artist Tony Twigg, is a highly structured piece which uses basic animation techniques to set up a change in its structure. A tryptic of images is creatively played off against a chant which uses repetitive ... Read more
In 1950, Michael Blakemore left Australia for London and a career in the theatre. A Personal History of the Australian Surf describes his life up to that point. It is probably the story of innumerable boys who grew up along the coast of Australia under the spell of the Pacific Ocean. The film tells ... Read more
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