Films Screened In 1984

An elderly couple in reduced circumstances join a pensioners' group holiday which they can barely afford. They hope to get away from it all for a week, perhaps make new friends. But reality still pursues them. Victor Schonfeld is the producer/director of THE ANIMALS FILM. ... Read more
A music-based comedy with surreal undertones showing the dismal suburban environment of an "average" family. On this ... particular morning music starts as a pulse and affects each member of the family in a different fashion. ... For the father the music initially releases and then overwhelms him on his way to work, for the wife it becomes a counterpoint for drudgery and chores; and for the son it... Read more
In parts of New South Wales there are still mines under private ownership where work is conducted in methods similar to those of the 19th Century. Detailed, expressive imagery dispenses with narrative and music. ... Read more
A young painter sees a beautiful woman on the underground. Back in his studio he projects his fantasies and fears and finally gets completely confused. ... Read more
In 1954 a talented group of Hollywood blacklistees, among them director Herbert Biberman of the Hollywood Ten, Oscar-winning script-writer Michael Wilson and composer Sol Kaplan, made a feature drama called "Salt of the Earth" about a strike by Mexican-American miners in New Mexico. A co-operative effort with a tiny budget, the film dramatised twin aspects of the strike—the male workers' fight for... Read more
A wonderfully improbable little comedy-drama which of all Hawks' silent Elms has sustained more than marginal interest. ... It switches midway from a genial, hyperbolic comedy to muted drama; an exhilarating story about two sailors who love ... to fight changes to a precise study of a three cornered relationship, with the Hawksian heroine bringing a challenge to the original male bonding. ... The ... Read more
A stylized account of girlhood when perversion is innocent,family is strange and adulthood lonely. Fast-moving screwball ... humour set against the Beatlemania hysteria of the 60s. ... Read more
This is the last film in David and Judith MacDougall's award-winning trilogy."Turkana Conversations". (The two earlier films were "The Wedding Camels" and "Lorang's Way"). It is an inquiry into how the semi-nomadic Turkana of northwestern Kenya view marriage, filmed through a dry and wet season while the MacDougall's waited for the events that are chronicled in "The Wedding Camels" . ... Beginning... Read more
In the early 70's Reginald Maudling said of Northern Ireland that the best we could hope to achieve would be a return to ... 'acceptable levels' of violence; almost ten years later, these levels continue to operate. ... This film show's not only what ... those 'acceptable levels' mean in practice to the Belfast community, but the precise mechanism by which they are ... made acceptable to the Engli... Read more
An obstinate, serious and bespectacled child realises the dream of all schoolchildren and rebels against the uselessness of school and teachers. The teacher loses face before the parents who are, in the end, happy with their son's victory. ... The French title literally means "to hold one's own" and never has a film interpreted this expression more literally. ... The portrait of this savagely rude... Read more
From "The Collected Poems of Earle Birney" by Earle Birney. The poet hums, hisses and hoots his way through a witty ... collage of archival footage of vintage trains and the English countryside. ... Read more
Dramatic reconstruction of a true incident when Australian actress Coral Browne (playing herself) was in Moscow with a production of "Hamlet". She was visited backstage by Guy Burgess, the upper-class Englishman who caused a scandal during the 1950s when he fled to Russia rather than face a ... charge of treason for supplying Britain's secrets to its ideological enemy. ... Burgess invited Browne t... Read more
The life and photographic works of Ivan Timirjasew, who served as adjutant to the Russian military governor of Finland ... for 27 years. His still photographs provide a remarkable record of living ... conditions in Finland during the last years of Czarist rule. ... Read more
Decisions, decisions, even in the lunch break. Off beat humour in the style of Curne's prize-winning Flank Breeder. ... Read more
Schwartz restored ancient cameras and invented modern settings to breathe new life into Edison's classic clip of Fred Ott sneezing and Muybridge's pioneering stills of athletic movement. ... Read more
A record of physical and psychological stress experienced over three months by members of the International Biomedical ... Expedition. David Parer served the expedition as one man film maker,experimental guinea pig and back-up technician. ... His "Douglas Mawson—The Survivor" won the Grand Prix at last year's Melbourne Film Festival. ... Read more
A humorous commentary on the Bntish passport category "Distinguishing Marks", previously known as "Any Special Peculiarities".By dissolving photographs and paintings of himself, Dean ... illustrates the myriad of descriptions attributed to the human face (bull neck, doe eyes, hook nose, cauliflower ears, etc). ... Read more
War can't be waged without combat troops. The method of transforming ordinary young men into soldiers is called "Basic Training". At Parns Island Marine Training Depot in South Carolina 18-year-olds are subjected to brutal but precisely calculated' ... regimen. At the end of it, these young men have been thoroughly indoctrinated with a new set of morals which enable them to kill other human beings... Read more
Art Pepper, one of jazz's greatest alto saxophonists, is a survivor, he has survived heroin, prison and self-loathing. We ... hear stories, often amusing, sometimes tragic, which were the emotional reference points of his creative life. ... Integrated with the stories are live performances of three of his compositions ... "Red Car","Patricia", and "Miss Who" which capture ... Pepper at the height ... Read more
A loving tribute to Liam O'Lcary, theatre director, actor, film-maker, critic and historian of international reputation and, in more recent years, archivist of the cinema in Ireland. ... A proud and passionately independent man. he tells the storyof his own life illustrated by stills, film-clips and contributions from, amongst others, Cyril Cusack, Lindsay Anderson, Michael Powell, Kevin Brownlow,... Read more
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