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This is a film about a city ... its people . . .and a Queen who returned. It not only records the visit to Victoria of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, but it also shows the city of Melbourne changing dramatically into the modern metropolis that the Queen saw on this, her second ... Read more
An impressive debut animation from Andrew Horne, adapted from a story by Olga Masters. ... Every Thursday, Maud plays hostess to her four friends from Every Street, Lilyfield - amongst them, Irene who has a passion for rats. Together, Irene, Maud, Vera and Mabel assert their geriatocracy as seen ... Read more
Ann Shenfield uses the medium of animation to explore notions of her European heritage through Babcha's (her grandmother's) stones. The stories describe life in Lodz and Paris, before WWII and the Holocaust. ... "Your friends" the old woman whispers to Ann, "they say they like you... but how do you ... Read more
As Dennis discovers, being Miss Understood can sometimes be a good thing. The age-old struggle for understanding between generations is captured in this musical about self-acceptance and finding the courage to be yourself. ... Read more
Seven types of days make a certain type of week. Take a good look at what you have on your plate; the forces of habit can expose all sorts of surprises. ... Read more
A winged knife slices bread. This recurrent metaphor sets the film's context by juxtaposing the surreal with the mundane. While exploring notions such as romance and memory, the film's black and white photography shimmers and sparkles. ... Read more
A fresh-water pond looks lifeless until examined closely through the microscope. This film studies such a pond and shows in detail the life cycle of a frog. ... Read more
A personal diary film examining the relationship between a woman and her father, a methodist minister. Through the use of home movies the filmmaker attempts an emotional and intellectual reconciliation. ... ”Life was a series of routines, and Sunday was the worst day of the week. Each new year, I ... Read more
This film's-title refers not only to Basil lights classic British documentary THE SONG OF CEYLON but also to a name erased from the map of the world, for there is no country officially named Ceylon Invoking this idea of absence this film pursues a certain phantasy or The body, a somewhat abstract ... Read more
A romantic reminiscence of the C38 class steam locomotive as it journeys from Sydney to the country in the west, from the present into times long past. ... Read more
Tadpoles don't stay as tadpoles, and in a kitchen things have a way of ending up in the pot. This very short film uses an economical technique (back-lit sand on glass) that lends itself to big moves and transformation. It is used very skilfully here to define character, space and time. ... With no ... Read more
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A celebration of the rain forests and a study of the attitudes towards them from the time of the first occupants - the Aborigines. ... Read more
In the midst of war-ravaged Palestine, the everyday experiences of a hopeful newlywed couple takes on particular resonance. In July 2000, while Arafat is in America talking peace, Bassam - a telephone repairman in Cleveland - returns to his home in Palestine in search of a bride. Soon after his ... Read more
FRIDAY 4 AUGUST 9PM - SOLD OUT ... From humble beginnings in 1991 as little more than a friends' party in rural Victoria, the Meredith Music Festival has grown into one of the most distinctive music events in the world. With performers running the musical gamut from rock to jazz to hip-hop ... Read more
This is the last film in David and Judith MacDougall's award-winning trilogy."Turkana Conversations". (The two earlier films were "The Wedding Camels" and "Lorang's Way"). It is an inquiry into how the semi-nomadic Turkana of northwestern Kenya view marriage, filmed through a dry and wet season ... Read more
This film is an account of women s life in the zenana (women's quarters])of Dhrangadra, in northern India, the seal of power of the Jhala Rajputs until 1947. The film unfolds through songs, dances and stories of several palace women, including the Maharini (wife of the Mahraja). She and others ... Read more
Made for the Zoo Education Service to mark the Year of the Tree, the film shows groups of monkeys, apes and primitive lemurs with a diversity of Australian tree-dwelling animals. ... Read more
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Adam develops a theory that erratic ant behavior signals impending earthquakes. In a brave new world that has gone sadly awry, he salvages what little is left of love and the vestiges of his sanity. ... Read more
This student-made film gives a brief impression of the rope and hessian sculptures of Magdalena Abakanowicz. ... Read more
For Polish artist, Magdalena Abakanowicz, the act of creation does not stop with the completion of an individual work—it continues on into the exhibition stage. In the film, we see the artist arranging an exhibition in Sydney, and also, working with students in a workshop. ... Read more
An animated film which presents the aboriginal legends, Wayamba the Turtle and Bohra the Kangaroo. ... Read more
Urban living at its worst—allergies, diseases, missing Y-fronts—and of course, finding the dust level. ... Read more
Accelerator:The FilmsThe inaugural Accelerator programme brings together some of Victoria and New Zealand's brightest filmmaking prospects. We're proud to present a selection of the participants' celebrated short films Two Cars, One Night (New Zealand, D Taika Waititi) (Winner of the Panorama Short ... Read more
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