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Rose Troche (Go Fish, MIFF 1994) has crafted an excel­lent comedy of manners and sex in the nervous 90s. Bedrooms and Hallways—which received the Audience Award at the London Film Festival—focuses on Leo (Kevin McKidd, Trainspotting) a young gay man living in a share apartment with ... Read more
This documentary from the British Film Institute examines the newsreels of the 1930s, and the ways in which they handled the political events of the decade. The film consists of library footage from newsreels, documentaries and workers films, including material which has not been seen since the ... Read more
An old man returns from the grave on a final quest. ... Read more
Set in a typically isolated rural community of North Cornwall in 1916 the film centres on a young Cornish wrestler, Jack Bryant. ... Jack celebrates his eighteenth birthday, a date of double significance. He can enter this first ‘All-Weights' Wrestling Championship - an event for which his ... Read more
Behind The Mask is a unique collaborative production commenced in London, shot in Belfast and completed here in Melbourne. The film initially started life as a project to be made for British television. Frank Martin had gained the co-operation of several key former IRA members who agreed to discuss ... Read more
As the title suggests, Eve Arnold offers a rare glimpse into the world of the harem in Behind the Veil. We witness the rituals of a young Sheikha as she prepares for marriage into the ruling family of Dubai, beginning with traditional exclusion but ending with the bride facing a much more open life ... Read more
"In this collaboration between one of Britain's leading performance artists and a major independent film-maker, records of Performance Art have been extensively manipulated; the images slowed down, fragmented, details isolated to construct a filmic 'memory' of the events. This process, combined ... Read more
A snapshot of the lives of three teenagers (encompassing past, present and future), this seductively dreamy film explores their longing for love, played out under Mediterranean skies. This poetic film by Laurence Coriat (writer of Michael Winterbottom's Wonderland) premiered at Sundance, 2005. ... Read more
Two brothers. One donkey. On a mission to find Superman. ... In 1990, two Kurdish orphans catch a glimpse of a Superman film screening and set off to find the hero they believe has the power to fix all their problems. While intending to make it to the USA, the homeless brothers' quixotic journey ... Read more
The film shows the loading of oil tankers in the middle of the North Sea in ail manner of weather conditions. ... Silver Award, Chicago. ... Read more
When Peter Brook's production of "US" for the Royal Shakespeare Company was presented at the Aldwych Theatre, London, in the winter of 1966-7, it aroused considerable controversy. By the use of shock techniques rarely employed in any theatre, it attempted to involve its audiences in the proposition ... Read more
A report from London, Italy and America on the international controversy stirred up by two new posters in the immensely successful multi-racial Benetton advertising campaign. Accused of being both too reactionary and too progressive, and withdrawn at a cost of millions of pounds, we look at where ... Read more
An 'automated biography'. Wedekind was the German precursor of Brecht and the Weimar theatre. Born in 1864, he was imprisoned in 1899 for insulting the Kaiser. George Snow is a respected computer illustrator, and maker of rock-videos for the Art of Noise. Micha Bergese is a leading contemporary ... Read more
“[Strickland is] a British director who is independent in the truest sense.” - The Guardian ... Director Peter Strickland (Katalin Varga, MIFF 09) lifts the curtain on cinematic sound production in this story of hapless audio engineer Gilderoy (Toby Jones, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), who finds ... Read more
An army of men is needed for the "turn round" of the S.S. Bravo which plies with freight and passengers between Hull and Gothenburg. Each "turn round" is a test of professional skill and a race against time. ... Read more
Bertha is an old traction engine which Sclater treats, not for its nostalgic interest as might be expected, but for the opportunities its complex mechanism offers the film-maker for "pure cinema." ... Read more
Better or Worse? explores the world of 8-year-old Rachel as she embarks upon a series of experiments attempting to make sense of her defective eyesight. Balancing her desire to appear normal with the visual chaos of her everyday life. this film delicately explores the limiting and precarious nature ... Read more
A fresh and imaginative study of animal and plant life on the shores of the west coast of Britain. ... Read more
... ... The obsessive energy of a gambler provides the basis for some fascinating post-production treatment by the people who made this film. Talking head monologues become rap raves, as the gambler becomes less and less of a person while he pursues his pot of gold. Meanwhile, the gambler's wife is ... Read more
This television documentary examines the work and theories of Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, Michael Graves, and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, American architect ... int he vanguard of Post-Modernism. ... Philip Johnson, the acknowledged Dean of American architects, appears throughout the ... Read more
“Spins a dark fairytale, riffing on various storytelling traditions from circus puppet shows to great literature.” - Screen International ... An original and outlandish trip into a surreal and kinky world that Terry Gilliam would be proud to call his own, Bibliothèque Pascal delves into ... Read more
The life history of the grey heron, woven around the story of one bird, Big Bill, and his parents. It deals with most aspects of herons' lives, including the influences on breeding success and survival. ... Read more
When Marlon arrives at a juvenile prison, his rap rhymes elicit a strong and violent response from Gavin, a neurotic bully. The jealous Gavin conspires to silence him, leading to a battle of wills between the two. Shot on location with a cast of actual inmates and wardens, Finola Geraghty's film ... Read more
Big Fish is a journey into film maker Zadoc Nava's Mexican heritage through the life of his artist father Jose. Jose went to live in Britain after meeting Zadoc's mother on holiday in Mexico. We witness Jose's bohemian life in Britain as he attempts to fit into a new culture and his subsequent ... Read more
A country cottage is bought for development, where the buildings just grow and grow to produce, eventually, a monster society. ... Read more
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