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Goto, an island formed after an earthquake in the 19th century has been cut off from the mainstream of social progress and survives as a totalitarian world of concrete corridors, iron trapdoors and observation towers. The tiny, population, ruled by the Govemor, works in stone quarries just outside ... Read more
Everybody has to serve somebody, Bob Dylans life theme, sung by him in this animated parable. ... Read more
When seen on screen this beach becomes something like lunar beach, yet film heightens the intensity of all the beach's separate sensations. The calm water has an even more unctious surface, the sun's glare throws up darker, more velvety shadows, and the grit is grittier. ... Read more
“Far too outlandish to be believable - except it's all true.” - Wired ... What happens when the sceptical outsider becomes romantically involved with the ultimate insider? For Paul H-O, the fly in the ointment of the New York art scene of the 80s and 90s, his entanglement with the much lauded ... Read more
Veteran producer Irwin Winkler makes an assured writing - directing debut with this involving drama about Hollywood professionals affected by the insidious blacklists of the early 1950's, the infamous era of McCarthyism. ... One of Winkler's long-time associates, Robert DeNiro, is excellent in a ... Read more
Like a blast of cinematic conceptual art, film artist Guy Sherwin's hand-crafted films explore the elements of film's grain, tone, flicker, sound, light and space. Beautiful, enigmatic and sensual, these experimental films question our perception of ‘light moving in time'. Guy Sherwin is a guest ... Read more
A UCLA student's film about an old railroad engineer who looks back on his life and although preferring the days of steam, has some grudging admiration for the diesel. ... Read more
Animated drawings illustrate the poem, by Mary O'Neill, which demonstrates for children some of the associations brought to mind by various colours. ... Read more
This report from Papa Doc's and Baby Doc's Haiti shows the state of the Negro population in the Caribbean republic. Aiming at complete impartiality, the film presents facts and allows them to speak for themselves. ... Read more
Hamsin is the hot desert wind that periodically blows through the countries of the Middle East, causing extreme temperatures and affecting the moods and tempers of the people. ... In an old farming village in the Galilee, the Birmann family, consisting of mother, son, and daughter, lives together ... Read more
A moody film version of the Brothers Grimm fairytale that stays completely faithful to the original. Generations of children have come to love this morality tale about a brother and sister abandoned in the forest and held captive by a creepy woman who lives in a house made of gingerbread and ... Read more
A cartoon film about family planning. ... Read more
A tough and gritty film about friendship and homelessness, the characters and situations have a warmth humour and roundness to them without the least bit of saccarine. Shot in 16 mm black and white Vegemites has a great soundtrack from a collection of largely local bands. The film's style is akin ... Read more
Hong Kong maverick Wong Kar-wai mixes up a heady brew of race, culture and sexuality in Happy Together, his latest film dealing with a gay Chinese couple residing in Buenos Aires. The director's star has certainly risen both at home and abroad and this simply told but hip, colourful and superbly ... Read more
Kelly is 13, bored with her working class parents and jobless future, and a regular caller to Childline, where she invents tales of terrible things which never happen to her at home. ... Max is also 13, rich and given to faking suicide to scare his father's girlfriend, while his father has little ... Read more
A satiric comedy which explores the symbiotic relationship between Native Americans and philanthropic foundations. The screenplay draws on trickster myths common to many Native American tribes to dispel Hollywood myths of the "Wild Indian' and the "Noble Savage", as it portrays a people for whom ... Read more
It is called the forgotten holocaust — a time when Stalin was dumping tons of wheat on Western markets, while in the Ukraine men. women and children were dying of starvation at the rate of 25,000 a day. Over seven million people perished in a famine caused not by war or natural disaster but ... Read more
In July of 1969, Jimi Hendrix visited the city of Essaouira on Morocco's Atlantic coast. More than twenty-five years later, Jimi's music still reverberates from the cafes. A 'documentary' crew come to the town in search of 'archeological' evidence of Hendrix's visit. They meet a local hustler who ... Read more
An experimental short film about escaping from gaol and man's need for freedom. ... Read more
Noah Taylor plays Danny, a neurotic now living in his 47th share house. He wants desperately to be a writer on the level of Dostoevski but can't get past obsessing over the reasons why his girlfriend dumped him over six months before. To Danny, life is one giant jigsaw puzzle where the meaning of ... Read more
The lifestyle of Jo. a new wave singer. is compared and contrasted with that of Teresa, a would-be mothercraft worker. This is viewed against the background of an uncomprehending society s resistance to anything new and different. ... Read more
‘Hatred' a loud metal band from Wales with an average age of 10. This documentary follows their shambolic preparations for their first gig. ... Read more
Director/cmematographer Kann Westerlund pays a private and very subjective visit to one of her favourite places the sea-bathing facility at Helgoland. ... Read more
When copper Alf (Robert Pugh from Naked) catches artist Jo (Kathy Burke from Ab Fab) rifling through the contents of a skip late one night poetry, politics and art history head up the list of charges. Brit actor David Thewlis (Naked) makes his directing debut with this wonderfully obtuse little ... Read more
Here Comes Everybody is a highly revealing cinema-verite film about an encounter group session at the Esalen Institute in Bug Sur. California. The sixteen people involved in the week-long session were aware of it being filmed, but Whitmore seems to have been able lo capture the genuine atmosphere ... Read more
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