Films Screened In 1988

This film is not a film, this film is film. It is for its moment extreme and relentless, a stuttering excess of electro-hokey knee bending, shrieking and clamouring in the dark to be heard above the monotonous snoring of the audience. This bombastic poetry of closures parades between one last minute and the next revealing the parallel pathos of populist politics and pink drawing pins It is a disso... Read more
A gritty portrayal of a young Polish couple's lifestyle. An alarm clock heralds their shift work and their inability to spend time with one another ... Read more
An abstract film containing a meditation of photographs from the filmmakers past ... Read more
With a certain cynicism and lack of modesty I offer to you the story of the wanderer and his shadow. Not a Diary Film since the events depicted are filled with symbolism, error, vagueness and lies. Rather, this is an unhistorical portrait of the Living Fool, one whose destiny it was to enhance the by artificially introducing a few extra drops of tragedy, ecstasy and doom. ... Read more
Playing like the first third of a feature film, A Day and a Half carefully observes the inter-relations between a family through the eyes of an 11 year old girl. ... Former AFTRS student Michael Karris shows exceptional feeling for nuance and telling but never showy direction, in this accomplished short-feature. ... Read more
Hungarian fairy tales always begin, "It was and it wasn't", and the spirit of the fairy tale is never far away in Gyula Gazdag's allegorical story of a young boy in search of his father ... Young Andris is being brought up solely by his mother, Maria On Andris' third birthday, Maria is summoned to the child custody department by Orban, an officious clerk who reminds her of the requirements of a cu... Read more
Brendan Behan's life can be divided into 3 parts his youthful years in an English jail for his activities on hehalf of the I.R.A., his writing, drawn largely from his experiences as a prisoner, and his prodigious boozing, which resulted in his death in 1963 at the age of 41 ... Allan Miller's affecting documentary tells Behan's story through the people who knew him best - his wife, brothers, I.R.A... Read more
A Pair of One is a complex and resonant study of a strange and fascinating pair of twins. Greta and Freda are identical twins who dress alike, try to walk in step and for much of the time speak the same words in unison. They are inextricably bound to each other and if separated they wail and scream There are many twins who dress alike and behave in a similar manner but the story of the Chaplin twi... Read more
A personal diary film examining the relationship between a woman and her father, a methodist minister. Through the use of home movies the filmmaker attempts an emotional and intellectual reconciliation. ... ”Life was a series of routines, and Sunday was the worst day of the week. Each new year, I would check what day Christmas fell on If it were a Sunday, it meant we didn't have to go to church tw... Read more
This unique film is based on the letters of Maryse Holder, former academic and part-time teacher, on an extended "vacation from feminism", in Mexico. She's on a quest for love, sex and freedom, and is determined to tell ail, which she does in a fury of letters to her friend Elaine, in Canada, The letters reveal a woman dedicated in equal parts to the pursuit of pleasure and the study of sexual pol... Read more
Daryl Dellora's first feature-length film is a brilliantly executed, exactingly researched project flirting with the traditional line between drama and documentary, in its detailed examination of 'terrorist' and 'counter-terrorist practices in Australia today. ... Margaret Cameron plays Monika Sch-leyer, a German activist in Australia to lecture on the state of international and local 'counter-ter... Read more
Alice sits in her room surrounded by toys and reads Lewis Carroll's story, which transports her, too, into a Wonderland ... Jan Svankmajer, the Czech master of animation, has fulfilled a lifetime ambition in this personal interpretation of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' Svankmajer's Alice remains true to the absurdity of Carroll's original, but hears the stamp of Svankmajer's own distinctiv... Read more
All That is Solid is speculative documentary taking the future in Australia as its subject. ... Today, unlike the 1840s, 1930s or 1960s. There are no unifying visions of a progressive or humanitarian future. Instead, new technologies take on the outmoded mantle of the hero, diversity and difference arc celebrated, masking the real motor of social change which remains in the hands of self intereste... Read more
Echoing the work of filmmakers such as Herzog (especially Kasper Hauser), Bunuel, Flaherty and Vincent Ward's Vigil, Alpine Fire takes place entirely on the high slopes of a mountain in the Swiss Alps and centres on the lives of a close-knit family, whose only neighbours are the wife's parents who live within signalling distance "Alpine Fire slips a treble whammy to everyone who thought that 'Swis... Read more
In 1901, Professor Humlum is inspired to help amnesiacs ... Read more
An evening conversation with Jeremy, John and Simon. Oh God, we're not talking about art again, are we? ... Read more
For Inspector Blount (Bernard Giraudeau) life is pretty confusing His wife has left him for another man. His investigations into a series of murders reveal that the victims, before being killed are sent dead rats And to cap it all, he becomes obsessed with Violetta (Fanny Bastien) an angelic waif with a callous disregard for the truth But that's just the beginning of the alcoholic cop's zig zag pr... Read more
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Artist on Fire is a portrait, first and foremost, of the artist at work For her documentary on renowned Canadian artist, Joyce Weiland, Armatage isn't content to follow the conventional, show-and-tell rules of art documentaries. ... In relation to this artistic process, analysis is placed in its rightful secondary place, instead she employs a virtual sound collage of commentary, observations and a... Read more
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