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Films Screened In 1984

A documentary profile of prize-fighting in Australia today, revolving around four boxers: the many-titled Tony Mundine, former idol Tommy Burns, now in his 60s, and young ... would-be champions Clint Brown and Pat Hailwood. ... Shot around the fight scene in Sydney in 1983, the Elm allows the ... 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
From an Open Letter of Sandino to the President of the United States in 1926: "The USA deprived us of our peace. They came to us in 1909 " Maria Jose Alvarez continues this Open Letter from the viewpoint of a woman living in the Nicaragua of today. ... Read more
Is it possible for a movie to be deeply nostalgic and hilariously funny at the same time? Woody Allen's latest proves it can be ... done. He plays the title role of a vaudeville agent-manager who is the subject of the reminiscences of seven comedians sitting around the Carnegie Deli one afternoon ... Read more
William Burroughs, the noted American novelist, is the subject of this long documentary filmed aver five years and including material shot earlier, in black and white, by British film director Antony Balch. ... In cinema verite style, director Howard Brookner in his first film, shows Burroughs as a ... Read more
Since 1969 Byker, a long-established working class suburb of Newcastle-on Tyne, has undergone "re-development". ... Traditional community values have suffered with the onset of consumerism and alienation. ... Konttinen combines dramatised sequences with the testament of her own photographs taken ... Read more
This zany little film traces the relationship between two people, Linda and Ron Bergman. The film opens just after they have been married and, through the use of still ... photography and fast motion, we get a glimpse into the disintegration of their married life. ... Read more
A film by: Hans Sachs and Hedda Rinneberg ... Leading player: Camilla Horn ... Read more
Stylized representations of cathedral exteriors and interiors ... merge into abstraction, to the accompaniment of choral excerpts from Bach. ... Read more
Mea Sherim is a self-contained community, with its own workshops, markets and schools-almost like a voluntary ... ghetto-within the modern city of Jerusalem. It's inhabitants are deeply religious, and observe traditional values and practices. ... They would prefer to do without the ... outside ... Read more
Attempts to explode the myths and explore the facts of a phenomenon that has become a major social issue of the '80's. Features people from all walks of life who relate their experiences with cocaine Includes historical footage, lead medical experts, law enforcement officers and underworld figures ... Read more
Another screen version of Dostocvsky's novel, and one of the best Finnish films of recent years. Raskolnikov here is Rahikainen, a former law student, who now works in a slaughterhouse in Helsinki. One day, Rahikainen goes to the house of a man who, while drunk, three years ago had killed his ... Read more
A landscape is the result of a continuous battle between ... weather and time, measured over millions of years. Australia's landscape, the oldest on planet Earth, has the oldest stretch of ... exposed land, the oldest river, and some of the most ancient curiosities, such as Ayers Rock. ... In this ... Read more
E L Doctorow's novel, "The Book of Daniel", written in 1975, is, according to the author himself, a fictive account of ... what might have happened to the children of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg when the time came for them to take their places ... in the world. ... At the same time he is very firm ... Read more
Set in the old NSW tin mining town of Tingha, "Danny's Egg" is the story of an eleven-year-old boy who finds an emu's ... egg in the bush. He tries to hatch it by keeping it warm in an electric frypan without anyone at school or home knowing about his project. ... Read more
In a bleak black and white post-nuclear age, cities are isolated by distance and fear. Only a few are willing to risk their lives to communicate—some use illegal radio, others drive into the unknown emptiness between cities. ... Read more
"Devim" is the story of a young Turkish woman who has migrated to Australia with her husband and two young children. Cultural differences put an increasing strain on the husband who becomes violent. Devrim decides to leave with her two children. ... Read more
A pixilated spin through a film -maker's record collection. ... Read more
Computer-animated fantasy of a lonely dreamer from another planet who journeys to earth, but receives an unfriendly ... welcome. ... Read more
Om Said got married at the age of 16. Now she has eight children. She has never left her village. She cannot read or write. Nevertheless, all important decisions for the family are taken by her. ... Read more
Another contribution to the "Conversation Pieces" series.This one takes a radio breakfast show for its soundtrack. Lord and Sproxton's "Down and Out" won the animation prize at the 1981 Melbourne Film Festival. ... Read more
A provocative and visually impressive film about New York City with narration written by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frances Fitzgerald, which focuses primarily on the Manhattan of today and contrasts this city with its "Golden Age" (1830). ... "Empire City" was made with some of New York's ... Read more
The subject of this short film may be summed up in a sentence birth, life and death of an imaginary tempest on the ... sea side. For the "tempest" part of the film, a special effect has been ... done "in-camera". ... By exposing the same scene three times ... through coloured primary filters, the ... Read more
Sara is born. Eighteen month old Etienne comes into a sense of his own identity. A film poem in three parts on the painful ... realisation that children, with their boundless energy, are slowly drawn into the world around them; and that birth, life and search for meaning is an endless struggle. ... Read more
A very complex film composed of a series of interlocking pieces which all have a significance beyond just being part of ... the story—obsession, destruction, the many facets of the human condition being the key words ... It is the story of a gold prospector in Canada who in 1925 ... makes a ... Read more
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