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Films Screened In 1985

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 say that someone ... had everything is to hint at failure, disillusion and loss. ... Going as a ... Read more
A musician with the London Philharmonic meets the All-Australian bloke and finds himself swept along in the all-Australian entourage. ... Read more
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 tells the somewhat bizarre story of a man who has worked all his life saving every penny to achieve ... Read more
After a hard day's work in the factory a woman spends her evening at home, lonely and full of desire. ... Read more
Tells of the ordeal and ascension of Father Keith Nink, a bibulous priest who becomes trapped in an unyielding fridge. ... Read more
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 conquer a castle built of snow and ice. By holiday's end, it becomes apparent that neither side can or ... Read more
The Australian myth of the ‘drover's wife' retold from a different perspective. ... Read more
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 Wabisuke Inoue and wife Chizuko, both actors, are shooting a commercial movie, when they are told that ... Read more
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 is away. Her co-star, with whom she is having an affair, follows her and moves into a nearby hotel ... Read more
"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 might of Hitler, Mussolini and Franco, were totally unprepared for the war they encountered. The Good ... Read more
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 in an 'environmental art' and logistics operation of world interest Two days later the city returned ... Read more
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 create an artifidal rift between the Hindus and the Muslims, thereby weakening the bond between the two ... Read more
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 and anthropology. The only form of art that is still called primitive exists, ironically, on the ... Read more
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 mathematical method which aids him in the art of fortune telling. ... Read more
A Gothic fantasy of the relation between parents and child A girl's struggle to leave home and discover the world outside. ... Read more
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
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
Explores the work of Peter Lyssiotis, an artist working in photomontage. ... Read more
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 neighbour, Stephen, comes to help Ann with the farm chores. As the evening wears on, it becomes clear ... Read more
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
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 and you don't have to show up until much later, when, even if they don't like you, it's too late!" ... Read more
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 indulges himself in the pleasures of wealth and materialism that remain. ... He finds two other ... Read more
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 use of cinematographic form. The rigidity of this style, and the unrelenting and uncompromising ... Read more
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, Jonasi, is set apart from the others because he is different - he neither speaks nor hears ... Read more
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