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“Before I even heard Arthur's music, I was intrigued. My friend described a long forgotten gay disco auteur in a farmer's plaid shirt, obsessively listening to mixes of his own music on the Staten Island Ferry.” - filmmaker Matt Wolf ... This exploration of avant-garde composer ... Read more
An impression of offshore oil operations in a desolate area. ... Silver Award, Australian Film Awards 1970: Second Prize, Captain Cook Bi-Centenary Film Awards, 1970 ... Read more
Olegas Truchanas and Peter Dombrovskis were two of Australia's greatest wilderness photographers. Their work became synonymous with campaigns to protect Tasmania's natural heritage, campaigns that changed Australia's awareness of its environment forever. This insightful documentary is a wonderful ... Read more
An investigation of the most important decade in the history of flight, skilfully recreating the endeavours of the pioneers in their fragile craft during the years between 1909 and 1919. ... Read more
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Filmmakers often construct dangerous scenes or situa­tions within their project but rarely do they undertake an entire shoot that places them in personal jeopardy. Director Paul Wagner along with his cast and crew posed as tourists with video cameras while on location in Tibet. The ensemble ... Read more
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A film showing a blind child and his difficulties in reading Braille. The child's face reflects and expression of effort. ... Read more
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The heroes of the film are angels, unemployed guardian angels who have been hanging around Berlin ever since the end of World War II, having lost most of the powers they once owned: to whisper advice into people's ears. Now they're mainly invisible observers. ... Two of them, Damiel (Bruno Ganz) ... Read more
A young woman searches through a whirlpool of emotion to understand the senseless drown­ing death of her first love. Told through a com­bination of dance and drama, it depicts a young woman's struggle to make sense of her world. ... Read more
The film recalls the hey-day of hte working horse at the turn of the century, and reflects on the decreasing number used today. The title is from Shakespeare's lines: "Sometimes he trots, as if he told the steps, with gentle majesty and modest pride". Australian Film Awards, TV Open Section, Silver ... Read more
A 1986 examination of the master animator, his life, times and work. Long overdue, this documentary covers his pioneering and dedicated work. From his initial scientific films animating insects to his painstaking feature The Tale Of The Fox we see the lengths required to achieve the complex scenes ... Read more
A small town in Moravia is the setting for this psychological drama, based on the novel of the same name by Jarmila Glazarova. A young girl. Jana, is accepted as a ward by her relatives. In the musty and dismal atmosphere of her new home, full of patrician luxury and provincial prejudice, she ... Read more
Woman in the Dunes is the second film of Hiroshi Teshigawara. It tells of a teacher, an amateur entomologist, who is on holiday, and led by villagers to stay overnight in a house which is at the bottom of a deep pit amongst the dunes. He finds that he is trapped there, in the company of a strange ... Read more
A remarkable and eye-opening series screened on Australian television in 1981. It was called Women of the Sun and it charted new ground by bringing the Aboriginal story through the eyes of Aboriginal women - in their own language - to a national audience for the first time. Twenty-five years later ... Read more
The traditional Aboriginal women of Utopia cattle station near Alice Springs show, with jokes and good humour, how they make their beautiful batik fabrics. They also share some of their daily lives including hunting for ‘bush tucker'. ... Read more
Workers' Films of the Thirties is an independent film, made from the extant films and documents in the British Film and Photo League Archive. ... The compilation of silent films, with added voice-over and contemporary music, is in two 20-minute parts. Part One deals with the origins of the Film and ... Read more
Won the Grierson Award at the London Film Festival. ... What would you be prepared to do to earn a living? Michael Glawogger's eye-opening documentary focuses on the extremes to which people will go to earn a wage or, more particularly, those working people that have no choice. ... Told in six ... Read more
“A crazy, foul-mouthed black comedy that blows up every rule of taste and common sense and somehow gets away with it.” - Entertainment Weekly ... With pitch-black humour and the subtlety of a sledgehammer, comedian and filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait (Sleeping Dogs Lie, Shakes the Clown) offers his ... Read more
... ... A writer, confronted by the perplexities of the blank page, is murdered by his typewriter Cmielewski's humorous allegory of creative constipation relieved by the death of the author is a witty addition to the genre of threatening autonomy on the part of machines, so often explored in ... Read more
It was one of those days when he just couldn't write, and things weren't going to get better. In fact, he didn't know how much worse...The writer comes to a full stop. It's a surreal thing, baby. ... Read more
Young Wilhelm Meister is on the way: from Bonn, past a castle on the Rhine, through a suburb of Frankfurt and on to the great mountain, the Zugspitze. He is escaping from boredom and dullness, and he hopes that travel will enable him to fulfil his ambition to write. ... On the journey, he meets a ... Read more
Young Wilhelm Meister is on the way: from Bonn, past a castle on the Rhine, through a suburb of Frankfurt and on to the great mountain, the Zugspitze. He is escaping from boredom and dullness, and he hopes that travel will enable him to fulfil his ambition to write. ... On the journey, he meets a ... Read more
Stanley Kwan explores his own history - as an eldest son gay man and film director - through the images of sexual identity in Chinese cinema. From the Shanghai classics of the 30s to the work of contemporary Oriental auteurs - Ang Lee, Tsui Hark, John Woo and Hou Hsiao-Hsien - Kwan discovers that ... Read more
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