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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
Walkover, the original Polish title of this film, is an English expression meaning "an easy victory". Though an entity in itself, in a sense this film is a continuation of Skolimowski's earlier film, Identification Marks: None. Ten years have passed since Andre enlisted in the army and he is still ... 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
“The moment when one thing turns into another thing is the most beautiful.” - artist Vik Muniz ... From the squalor and poverty of the world's largest rubbish dump comes a work of pure artistry and joy. ... Lucy Walker trains her camera on Brazilian artist Vik Muniz as he hatches a new project ... Read more
A visual meditation on water as it ... relates to the sacrament of ... Baptism. ... Read more
A commentary on a Tolkienesque civilisation evoked by stunning and mystical lakeland imagery. ... Read more
Before her acclaimed feature debut [Look Both Ways] (screening in MIFF this year), Sarah Watt made a name for herself as one of Australia's leading and most distinctive short-film makers. Predominantly bright, painterly animations, her short films uniquely capture the drama and 'ordinary ... Read more
""Given the current state of agriculture in the world, it could feed12 billion people... or to put it another way: any child who dies of starvation today is in fact murdered."" - Jean Ziegler, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food ... Over 300,000 hectares in Latin America are dedicated to ... Read more
“In this age of VH1-sponsored hyperventilating over the Doobie Brothers' legacy, it's refreshing to see a doc in which the biggest boldfaced name is Flea, who gushes over Watt and Boon's reluctance to tune their instruments.” - Village Voice D. Boon, who would become the Minutemen's guitarist ... Read more
This film began life as a ‘making of' and snowballed into a testament to an era. ... Dogs in Space director Richard Lowenstein has gathered a who's who of Melbourne's underground music scene, some glorious archival material and woven them into a remarkable retro romp. ... With candor and wit ... Read more
This film creates a collage of life in a Yorkshire mining town: this rather enclosed working com­munity is brought into focus by the impending marriage of Don and Para. With Its insistent search­ing of faces, the film — in what might pass as a piece of tele-verite — gently ... Read more
Described by its director as "a simple, very Polish story", [The Wedding] features barbarous drinking, family feuding, general depravity and the corruption of all social principles and institutions. ... Wieslaw is throwing a wedding reception for his daughter, and he has a lot to juggle. With the ... Read more
Half a mile from London's Heathrow airport, a wire enclosed compound holds visitors from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, East Africa and Cyprus, who arrived without an immigration permit. ... Amidst the confusion of Britain's immigration laws, an East End cockney, Reuben ('Mr. Fixit') Davis, operates ... Read more
Welfare is the ninth in a series of documentary films about American institutions by Frederick Wiseman. His films since 1967 include studies of the law, the medical profession, schools, the military and the juvenile courts. Welfare, at two and three-quarter hours, is a long and ambitious ... Read more
... ... "With West Side Story, suddenly i became a musical director." ... ... ... Robert Wise drew upon all his directorial resources in this leap to yet another genre, and with his collaborator, choreographer Jerome Robbins, created a dazzling, contemporary musical. ... This 1961 film was a ... Read more
The light in question breaks free, taking on a life of its own. ... --- ... D/S Sarah Wickens P Animation staff, Royal College of Art WS Future Shorts L no dialogue TD digibeta/2009 ... --- ... D/S Sarah Wickens P Animation staff, Royal College of Art WS Future Shorts L no dialogue TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
“When our public institutions fail us in the pursuit of truth and justice, we, the people, will find our own ways to uncover and speak of our history.” - filmmaker Scott Millwood ... In 1972 environmental activist Brenda Hean's light plane disappeared while en route to Canberra, where she ... Read more
Peter Weir makes a spoof current affairs documentary. Playing a TV reporter himself, he demonstrates how the reporting of Green Valley, a housing commission estate, had been subjected to very harsh press criticism. The rest of the film concerned the residents themselves, filming their lives in ... Read more
When I'm 21 is an inspired example of progressive and innovative documentary film making, a complex and poetic exploration of what it's like to be young and homeless on the streets of Glasgow. A palpable, internal tension seeps out of the narrative - interviews with forgotten fatally optimistic ... Read more
Isn't it remarkable that the essence of Melbourne life fits neatly under the floor of a Holden Kingswood? ... Read more
On the infamous Gordon Estate in Dubbo, the entire community has been given an eviction notice. Within three years, all their homes will be demolished. In this powerful documentary, the community speaks for the first time about the issues they face and about being black in a regional town like ... Read more
Clint Eastwood's newest film, which he directs, produces, and stars in, is a compelling, unusual movie. It's not an African adventure epic, nor strictly a movie about the film classic, The African Queen. Instead, Eastwood has crafted a probing semi-fictional investigation of the maverick director ... Read more
She hides in little cracks. She is able to get herself in behind the edges of doors. She can squeeze herself into these maze-like crevices and go in and in, further and further inside so that no-one can find her ... Read more
A general survey of Western Australia. Incidents include airmail delivery to outback stations, oil drilling at Exmouth Gulf and shots of Jarrah and Karri forests. ... Read more
Adam is the only man who associated with only one woman. As the number of women increased there came a time when man possessed a harem. King Shahriar held the record, with an affair with a different maid each night until he met the wily Scheherezade . . . The famous legend of Shuhrinr and ... Read more
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