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Films Screened In 1988

With this, his fifth feature film, director-screenwriter John Sayles has fashioned something special, a modern American epic which lies somewhere between The Grapes of Wrath and High Noon (or as one critic has noted, "High Noon and Shane as written by John Dos Passes") It's also US history on ... Read more
"Women, like the witches of old, learn to fly and use magical powers With these new-found powers, they try to inflict "female" suffering onto men This new understanding is seen as a vision, if not a key to the possibility of a different world " - Vera Ncubauer ... Read more
Sort of green and hot and sticky with plenty of bush tucker. Two white fellas end up amongst the tropical languidity of Melville Island. They learn, as Momma Blanche says "You mob got no dirty, filthy, stinking, rotten manners" ... Read more
Mock Gravity is a physics theory that describes how two objects that are in each other's shadow are attracted to each other. ... This experimental film represents the force of attraction between painter and actress. Mock Gravity combines photographic representation with experimental techniques of ... Read more
The, sequel to 1984's Bad New\ (a pie Spinal Tap mockumentary) finds the worlds worst heavy metal band lured to the come-back trail by a lucrative recording contract, four years after the inevitable split. Since then Colin (Mayall) has become a bank clerk (but still has a groovy pad at his mum's ... Read more
The biography of Alan Bond is told by three of his admirers. Stars: Greg Fleet, Anthony Morgan ... Read more
"A Niagara of blood, booze, saliva and sick by Stephen (My Beautiful Laundrette) Frears, closer in spirit to The Young Ones than any of the other Comic Strip pics Edmondson and Mayall play a pair of bored escorts who, while taking care of Nicholas Parsons (British TV personality long the butt of ... Read more
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My Mama Done Told Me is about torch songs as they arc experienced in real life It weaves together classical recordings (by Edith Piaf, Nina Simone and Peggy Lee, among others) with dramatic dance sequences performed by Lynne Seymour, based on Elizabeth Smarts evocative depiction of an obsessive ... Read more
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Written and directed by the festival's longstanding Asian Cinema consultant, Tony Rayns, this is a comprehensive overview of the truly cultural revolution which is taking place in the Chinese cinema of the Eighties as new generations of film school graduates, immune to the strictures of traditional ... Read more
A political mystery thriller that centres on a chain of events in the troubled Pujab, Ramesh Sharma in his tightly crafted first feature is looking into the repercussions of political corruption and intrigue. Vikas is Executive Editor of a prestigious English language newspaper devoted to exposing ... Read more
Fascinating documentary, punctuated by evocative footage from every conceivable New York story as depicted by several generations of visual artists, which manages to show 'how film is used in a variety of unconventional ways in order to explore and reveal various visions and experiences of a ... Read more
First shown abroad at the London Film Festival in 1980, November 1828 - the most internationally renowned of all Indonesian films - is, at last, to be screened in Australia. ... November 1828 is set during the Java War (1825-1830), a war which partly arose from internal intrigue in the 'Vogyakarta ... Read more
An enthralling look at a footnote to Hollywood history, this is essentially a straightforward overview of the phenomenal rise and fall of the American independent film production company B.B.S., the creative force behind the making of such 'alternative' milestones as Easy Rider, 69, Five Easy ... Read more
At her cousin's birthday party, 20 year old Cathy (Alice Gamer) meets Mr Wright (David Swann), the teacher on whom she had a schoolgirl crush at age 13. Seven years older but not yet wiser, Cathy is in a position to realise her girlhood fantasy. But what will she now make of him? And he of her? ... Read more
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A reflective essay on the imposition of meretricious images upon landscape Narrative as a state of mind; landscape as an ice cream sundae. From the beach at Nice, to St Kilda Esplanade Selected for competition, Cannes 1988. ... Read more
A young woman barges into the home of a ... man she doesn't know a friend has given ... her the address. With her she brings two ... mysterious suitcases. ... Winner, French Cesai, Best Short Fiction, ... 1988. ... Read more
35 Summers & Private Island are to be screened with Heart, Beating in the Dark ... Read more
Set sometime in the ambiguity of Black & White, Rabbit on the Moon retraces the not so black and white childhood of a northern Italian girl growing up in Australian suburbia. ... Read more
A woman and her children prepare to leave for New York, to make a fresh start. A tennis ball flung out of a window in Paris turns up in New York. There's no escape from destiny. ... Read more
Former cincmatographer Zhang Yimou makes an impressive directional debut with this lush rural epic based on renowned Shangdong author Mo Yan's short story. Set during the Sino-Japanese war in the barren wilderness of Northern China, it's the simple story of how an offscreen narrator's grandparents ... Read more
This film reveals what philosophers and poets have long wondered what do unicycles dream about on rainy days? Rcd, relegated to the discount section of a big-city bicycle shop, dreams of running off to the Circus where, while assisting Lumpy the clown, the unicycle saves the show. ... State of-the ... Read more
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