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A father's struggle to reunite his family over a single afternoon, told in real-time and, effectively, shot in a single take. Living alone on home detention, Chris (Richard Green) is preparing Christmas lunch for his teenage daughter when an old friend offers a disturbing truth about his ... Read more
"Jack learns life like a foreign language... [he] tick tocThe Gks between the boy he was and the man he is, and we wait for the hour to strike." - The Guardian ... After his released from jail into a bewildering adult world, 24-year-old Jack is given a new name, a new job, a new home and a new ... Read more
Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Matthew Rettenmund, Boy Culture is a street-smart tale of gay male (in this case, often wayward) desire. ... Pulling out all stops with superb performances from the relatively unknown cast, this second feature from Q. Allan Brocka takes on issues of sexual ... Read more
Leos Carax's feature debut is a moody, offbeat tale arousing considerable controversy wherever it has screened - a paradoxical film where innovation and tradition confront each other mercilessly from beginning to end. ... Alex is a 22 year old "enfant terrible", determined to leave his mark on art ... Read more
Leonard lives with his Aunt Alethea in Broken Gate. He lost his mother when he was young, but he never lost hope that he would find her again. This is a beautifully crafted work from Melbourne's Blue Dahlia Films. --- D/S Craig Brookes, Andrea Brookes P Julie Stone WS Blue Dahlia Films TD ... Read more
A boy's love for the rain is replaced by a new love of technology. Will Mother Nature's jealous storm draw him back outside, or is the snow of the television all the bad weather he needs? ... D Thomas Fraser P Paul Fletcher WS Victorian College of Arts TD video/col/2006/7mins ... Read more
The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan UK/Afghanistan 'Compelling' Watching it is a reminder that you don't necessarily need massive budgets to be a distinctive voice. But you do need mavericks who are brave.' -The Guardian The Taliban's destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in 2001 caused an ... Read more
Ten non-conforming youngsters rent a rambling old mansion for an experiment in communal living to do as they please while deferring acceptance of the responsibilities of adulthood. Their initial enthusiasm begins to wane as disorder waxes. So they must organize themselves with tiresome tasks and ... Read more
The daughter of a farming family in the 1940's resists her parents' assumption that she will conform to the traditional woman's role. ... Read more
Burlesque drawings, shapes, symbols, flowers, landscape, snowflake etchings and rich abstract colour fields in continuous kaleidoscopic collision; Brain Surge is in rhythmic pursuit. Chris Knowles' post-systems music track drives the film's relentless zooming and spinning images on a journey, which ... Read more
An energetic, star-studded musical road trip about finding where you belong. ... Filmed in the desert-scapes of Western Australia's Broome, this exuberant musical road movie - studded with stars of stage and screen including Jessica Mauboy, Ernie Dingo, with Missy Higgins and Geoffrey Rush - began ... Read more
Tom Zubrycki's new film (following Friends and Enemies, Kemira etc.) follows performances of Broome's Aboriginal musical Bran Nue Dae, from rehearsal and development to the rapturous reviews and its enthusiastic reception throughout Australia. The play has yet to open in Melbourne, where it is ... Read more
"I'm in the Marlon Brando business." - Marlon Brando ... This thorough retrospective proceeds chronologically through this great American performer's life - from his early obsession with his mother, through every private and public hump and hurdle, until his sad conclusion as an embittered old man ... Read more
It's hard to believe that one of the year's most charming and entertaining films is set in the mining town of Grimley, Yorkshire, in 1992. But writer/director Mark Herman has fashioned one of the great surprises of this year. ... When a small mining town is threatened by the closure of its chief ... Read more
A gritty tale of misguided revenge set in the underbelly of Sydney where, in the world of the homeless identity is hard to come by and harder to keep and trivial possessions become things worth fighting for . Tough and bleak in its outlook Brave is a film that s not afraid to be brutal. ... Read more
Thirteen years of Beatles in seventeen minutes of film - a kaleidoscope of images, music and ideas of the rock group which powerfully influenced the youth of the Sixties. ... Read more
Pixillated film from the point of view of a fighter pilot flying toward its target...a peasant woman digging potatoes. ... Read more
An investigation of the position of the Brazilian Amazon-Indians today. In their natural state, in their own surroundings, they enjoy the very things western men crave for -an unhurried and untroubled life, a relaxed and happy communal existence. But, by opening up the jungle, the Government forces ... Read more
A comedy with a hard edge to it. A 12-hour shift in a bread factory has different effects on different people. Eventually, it has the same effect on almost everyone. ... Read more
Versatile director Gaylene Preston (Mr Wrong, Ruby And Rata) has managed to wend her bending way through yet another genre, bringing us one of the notable 'biopics' of this year's festival. Bread And Roses, a four-part drama based on the autobiography of Sonja Davies, New Zealand activist and ... Read more
An authentic case study of a young woman who develops a schizoid personality. ... Follows the course of her treatment first in a mental health clinic and later in a state hospital. Concludes with her discharge from this institution to complete her rehabilitation as a member of her family. ... Read more
A man is stranded on a lonely country road. The events which take place on the second day drive him from boredom to panic, to desperation. ... Read more
Anna, George, Berta and Edward live in a world of bureaucracy. An animated fantasy, inspired by the famous painting by Manet. ... Multi-award winner from Estonia., including Grand Prix and Critics Prize, Zagreb Animation Festival, 1988. ... Read more
Both the Scottish-born director, Bill Forsyth, and the quintessentiatly American John Sayles (who wrote the original screenplay for Breaking In), have spent a lot of love and care on this project. They have created a comedy that seems to be an old-fashioned buddy movie, though it never behaves in ... Read more
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