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A nature film, using complex technical devices. ... Read more
A man, a video camera, a life! Robert Gib­son's home movies are verite at its most voyeuristic and vertiginous. Since 1983 Gibson has carried a camcorder with him at all times. Repeat-at all times. So adept has he become with the palmcorder that, like a yet to be made Cronenberg flick, the ... Read more
An exile's view of the decline of Italy's national culture and the man who put the ‘boob' on the tube. ... This riveting illustration of 21st century media Fascism begins in the 1970s with a TV quiz show where slinky housewives disrobe with every correct answer. That show was produced by the ... Read more
A densely-plotted, witty, fatalistic horror-cum-morality tale with truly gruesome special effects. A cable TV director becomes fascinated with the hard core sex-and-torture programmes on Videodrome, an illegal video ... channel. ... His enquiries into the phantom broadcasts implicate him in a ... Read more
This feature length film, in colour, traces the life of the artist from his birthplace in Zundert, Holland, to Auvers in France, where he died. The "self portrait" title is derived from the fact that most of the content was supplied by Van Gogh himself - through his paintings and writings. The ... Read more
Boss kicks man; Man kicks wife; Wife kicks son; Son kicks dog. ... Read more
A quietly chilling and sinister portrayal of a family living with a terrible secret: an abused child. (JB) ... Read more
The multi-award winning The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well and its follow-up The Power of Kangwon Province, have established Hang San-Soo as the reigning Korean poet laureate of the ins, outs and self-deceptions of contemporary relationships, not to mention the tricks and traps of storytelling. This ... Read more
Babette Mangolte is known as a highly respect­ed cinematographer for directors such as Chantal Akerman, Yvonne Rainer and Sally Potter, and is an accomplished filmmaker in her own right. Visible Cities, her latest film, tells of two women looking for a home in a building estate on the outskirts ... Read more
... ... Few recent Films have divided audiences and excited debate like Vive L'Amour, winner of the Golden Lion at Venice last year. Despite the romantic title, the film is about lack of love and fulfilment in the overworked 1980s. But what sends its supporters out of the cinema on a high is its ... Read more
After more than three decades' exile in the Soviet Union, a declaration of political amnesty means that Spyros, an elderly Commu­nist rebel, can at last return to his homeland. Yet in doing so. he finds himself as much an out­sider as ever, deeply at odds with the post-junta culture ... Read more
Not since Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (MIFF 1996), has a documentary delved so deeply, thoroughly and compellingly into an incident thought closed by most. Director William Gazecki and his team have unearthed testimony and evidence, combed court documentation and ... Read more
Christopher Guest - central to This Is Spinal Tap as the bard in blonde bangs, Nigel Tuffnal - directed, starred in and scripted Waiting For Guffman. It boasts the same hysterical improv/mockumentary style, tearing mercilessly into everything that America holds dear. ... When the Blaine locals ... Read more
Of the legendary relationship between Gertrude Stein and Alice Boyd Toklas, Thornton Wilder, wrote that "Alice was merely the dragon protecting the treasure." Waiting for the Moon develops from the entwined myths of these two women, a gentle but dynamic portrait of their genius. Portrait is the ... Read more
The story of a troubled teenager, his brother, a young, striving stand-up comedian, and his brother's friend and mentor - an aging and forgotten vaudevillian. The story is about alcoholism, but also about youth and aging, "making it" and failing, about taking responsibility for oneself and a ... Read more
A lifelong bond between a teenage boy and his dog is coming to an end. Bottled up, his grief becomes a wall that sits between him and the people that he loves. Staying strong can be hard, especially when you're losing your best friend. ... ---D/S Amy Gebhardt P Donna Sennett WS Australian Film ... Read more
War Zone tackles head-on the everyday issue of the public harassment of women. Shot throughout the USA, filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West turns the camera on men in the same way that they turn their sexual aggression on her. She places herself in very real danger by asking men on the streets why they ... Read more
WAn enraged ten-year-old boy flees into the wilderness to start a tribe of his own.--- ... D/S David Garrett P Kaer Vanice TD video/col/2007/10mins ... Read more
A study of life at Warrendale, a home for emotionally disturbed children in Toronto. The story begins as the patients' day starts, showing them in bed, resisting the morning rays of light. Soon, the seemingly normal environment explodes with tantrums and shrieks. Each child is shown to be living in ... Read more
Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Tian di ying xiong) China/Hong KongKongChina in the 7th century: a country in the throes of the fearsome Tang dynasty. A Japanese warrior, Lai Xi, has served the Chinese emperor for 20 years and is desperate to return to his beloved homeland. He will be granted passage ... Read more
Cartoon revealing the secret life of the fabulous Ungle-Wunglc Bird. ... Read more
... ... Made on video for an environmental semi­nar (the International seminar on Water) held in Jakarta by the Goethe Institute in December 1991, this film has subsequently won prizes at festivals in Europe. Using the voice-overs of its participants, the film depicts the lives of water ... Read more
A commentary on a Tolkienesque civilisation evoked by stunning and mystical lakeland imagery. ... Read more
A bored middle-aged housewife and mother rebels against the banality of her life by going for a swim at the local baths. Life ... briefly assumes the glamour of an Esther Williams movie. This film has a nicely judged ironic lone and very good dialogue especially in the exchanges between members of ... Read more
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