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Films Screened In 1985

THE BOY WHO HAD EVERYTHING (Stephen Wallace, 1984)
The Boy Who Had Everything - the title of Stephen Wallace's second feature suggests a fairy tale, some sweet suburban variant of a fable of ideal youth. But it's also, of course, an omen - since to s… Read more

The Cellist (Robert Marchand, 1985)
A musician with the London Philharmonic meets the All-Australian bloke and finds himself swept along in the all-Australian entourage. ... Read more

THE CRAZY FAMILY (Ishii Sogo, 1984)
An absurdist comedy from the new wave of Japanese cinema by a young director, Sogo Ishii, who has acquired a national reputation in his own country for rock 'n roll and motorcycle movies. Here, he te… Read more

The Cutting Press (Bogdan Zizic, 1981)
After a hard day's work in the factory a woman spends her evening at home, lonely and full of desire. ... Read more

The Delightful but Unfortunate Father Keith Nink and his Extraordinary Day of Darkness (Mark Hanlin, 1984)
Tells of the ordeal and ascension of Father Keith Nink, a bibulous priest who becomes trapped in an unyielding fridge. ... Read more

THE DOG WHO STOPPED THE WAR (Andre Melancon, 1984)
Part comedy, part drama, this film is set in rural Quebec. The plot focuses on two warring groups of children who spend their Christmas holidays pelting one another with snowballs and trying to conqu… Read more

The Drover's Wife (Sue Brooks, 1984)
The Australian myth of the ‘drover's wife' retold from a different perspective. ... Read more

THE FUNERAL (Juzo Itami, 1985)
In contemporary Japan, away from cities and concrete buildings, the Shinkichi Amamiya is spending a quiet and serene life with his wife Kikue at their son-in-law's summer house. ... His son-in-law Wa… Read more

THE FUTURE OF EMILY (Helma Sanders-Brahms, 1984)
Isabelle, a film actress in her mid-thirties and at the pinnacle of her fame, returns from filming in Berlin to the small seaside French town where her parents care for her young daughter while she i… Read more

THE GOOD FIGHT (Noel Buckner, Mary Dore, Sam Sills, 1984)
"Most of the training we got was speeches." The 3,200 Americans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in 1936, who voluntarily put their lives at risk to defend the Spanish Republic against the combined mig… Read more

The Greening (Gordon Glenn, 1985)
On the night of February 8,1985, the main street of Melbourne - Swanston Street - was closed to traffic and converted into a Mall. 13,500 square metres of instant lawn transformed asphalt into park i… Read more

THE HOME AND THE WORLD (Satyajit Ray, 1984)
In 1905, in keeping with the 'Divide and Rule' policy of India's British overlords, Lord Curzon (the British Viceroy) proposes splitting Bengal into two separate administrative units, intended to cre… Read more

THE IMPERSONATION (Christopher Mason, Noel Burch, 1984)
The term 'primitive' as applied to painting has come to be viewed with great suspicion. Its application to pre-Renaissance painting or the art of Africa, Asia etc, has been challenged by modernism an… Read more

The Incredible Mister Blois (Nuno Cesar Abreu, 1984)
A film about the sculptor and miniature-painter, Oscar Blois, remarkable not only for his artistic creations, but also for his contact with extraterrestrial beings who teach him trinogy - a mathemati… Read more

The Lead Dress (Virginia Murray, 1984)
A Gothic fantasy of the relation between parents and child A girl's struggle to leave home and discover the world outside. ... Read more

The Little Drummer (Juraj Jakubisko, )
Placed in the world between reality and a dream, a small boy tries to reach through his loneliness by beating the drum with all his might. ... Read more

The Lost World of Gloves (Jiri Barta, 1982)
During excavation for a new housing development, bits of film are discovered which, when examined prove to contain scenes from a long lost "glove civilization". ... Read more

The Occupant (Ettore Siracusa, 1984)
Explores the work of Peter Lyssiotis, an artist working in photomontage. ... Read more

The Painted Door (Bruce Pittman, 1984)
A gripping story of love, regret and death. During a terrible blizzard on the prairies, Ann remains alone in the farmhouse, while her husband, John, treks through the storm to aid his father. Their n… Read more

The Primal Scene (Christine Noll-Brinckmann, 1981)
Visualising an essential aspect of film experience, the pleasures of secret observation, the film also provides a survey on the stylistic varieties of German bedroom interiors. ... Read more

THE PRINCES (Tony Gatlif, 1983)
Les Princes is an exceptional first feature by someone who never expected to be allowed to make a film. "I must thank the French system which makes an allocation of money on the basis of the script a… Read more

THE QUIET EARTH (Geoff Murphy, 1985)
A global experiment malfunctions leaving only one scientist alone in a world where every living thing has disappeared. Zac Hobson begins a frantic search for other survivors, but at the same time ind… Read more

THE ROAD TO BRESSON (Leo de Boer, Jurrien Rood, 1983)
Robert Bresson, the esteemed French director, began developing his radical new film form during the 1960s. The style, which he calls "cinematographe", is typified by an extreme sobriety and a purist … Read more

THE SILENT ONE (Yvonne Mackay, 1984)
Stunningly photographed in the tropical Cook Islands this feature film tells the story of a native boy who mysteriously emerges from the sea as a baby and is adopted by one of the villagers. The boy,… Read more

The Stone (Koni Steinbaher, 1984)
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