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Films Screened In 1988

The Okamotos are a young couple who married for love rather than by family arrangement, but after a few years and no children, their romantic illusions have vanished. They live in an ordinary Osaka neighbourhood, and Hatsunosuke (Uehara) works as a nor too successful stockbroker, while a bored ... Read more
Violent, erotic, and darkly comic, Return Trip Tango continually shifts tenses from present to past to conditional From what really happened to what might have happened, forcing the viewer to become an accomplice in the telling of the story. Ultimately, the film asserts that our only certainty lies ... Read more
The story of Genni Batterham, a young healthy and active woman who contracts multiple sclerosis and becomes a paraplegic in just eighteen months. Riding the Gale looks at Genni and her husband Kim ten years later and explores their maturing and the remarkable spirit that blossoms. Their life, shown ... Read more
This explosive one hour documentary gives air to various positions on a topical, contentious issue the legal and civil rights of lesbians and homosexual men. Against the mounting concern and irrevocable, world-wide tragedy arising from the AIDS crisis and within the specific context of a historic ... Read more
It's 1934, downtown Hong Kong and Fleur, (Anita Mui) an aspiring opera singer turned prostitute is entertaining her special friend" Chan (Leslie Cheung), the languid, pampered, opium-puffing son of a good family. This affair blossoms until the couple's desire to wed meets with stern opposition from ... Read more
What motivates society to embrace a cinema dominated by elements of sex, violence, horror and terror? Using a day in the life of an ordinary office worker as its central story, Salt, Saliva, Sperm and Sweat looks at how these explosive elements form an integral part of cinema today. ... Read more
Directed and co-written (along with leading players Franke and Levy) by Helmut (not the actor) Berger, this fast, funny, furiously paced romantic thriller has been favourably compared to Beineix's Diva, but trading that film's slick Parisian sheen for a more naturalistic Berlin grittiness. What's ... Read more
Lying somewhere between the naturalism of Mike Leigh and the working class concerns of Ken Loach, Seacoal, a unique collaborative project, is an astonishing doco-drama that demolishes the lines between the two processes, as it tells the story of a community under threat from the mining industry ... Read more
Shadows in Paradise borrows its title from an Erich Maria Remarque novel about wartime refugees. It is an attempt by director Aki Kaurismaki at a realistic love story with scenes taking place in the rear rooms of supermarkets, in bingo halls and garbage trucks. ... Kaurismaki has fashioned an ultra ... Read more
Following last year's screening of Christian Blackwood's look at obsessive film random and star imagery My Life for Zarah Leander, we now present his latest documentary account of similarly cine-centric but significantly different drives and dreams. For the past two decades, Filipino filmmaker Lino ... Read more
A sort of Dogs In Space, Simptoons, The Movie recounts the experiences of a group of artists sharing a dwelling as told through the eyes of one of the house cats. My first animated cartoon. ... Read more
An alternative MTV music magazine produced in London for a US cable network (!) Snub TV features interviews with musicians, indy record company reps, D.J.s, record producers etc. and clips you won't see elsewhere, from the likes or "Leather Nun", "Swans", "The Wedding Present", “Tackhead" and ... Read more
Independently produced as Walking on Water as an American Playhouse project, Stand and Deliver, emerges as neither exploitation dross nor action fodder despite the ambiguous title ... Rather it is a heartwarming message film set in the economically depressed barriers of East Los Angeles, an area ... Read more
A group of American tourists visit a Russian-like Disneyland wherein they physically interact with the famous Odessa Steps sequence from Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin. The scenes of tourists were shot and edited live, using a complex method of matting the videotape with film footage, there was ... Read more
'Stik' lives by his wits on the streets of Melbourne. Stewart Carter and his crew spent weeks with 'Stik' in order to film this slice of life. A second year Swinburne project ... Read more
The story of Maurice Stiller, the silent director, his dog Charly and Stiller's grandson Ruben. When Stiller went to Hollywood, Charly remained in Sweden. It is 1961 and Stiller's grandson, Ruben hears the doorbell ring. When he answers it he finds a dog, Najda. Najda is looking for Charlie ... Read more
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Director Im Kwon Taek has again created a moving portrait of a Korean woman, this time in historical circumstances. ... Set in the Yi Dynasty (14th Century) Im is obviously suggesting and attempting to illuminate attitudes that still exist in Korean society. Considering recent events, the subject ... Read more
The inventor of his own medium, Spalding Gray combines journalism, theatre, fiction and comedy into his solo performances Onstage he sits hchind a desk equipped with only a glass of water, two maps and a pointing stick, and he talks... Gray may look like a television reporter but this evening's ... Read more
Looking at different spatial relationships in the presentation of the news and where/how we locate ourselves in relation to the presenter, interviewee, reporter etc... ... Read more
A nightly stylised account of a young woman's grief and eventual acceptance of her grandfathers death ... Read more
Nothing can prepare you for the visual and aural extravaganza that is Testimony, the fascinating story of Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich ... The young Shostakovich had success after success until Stalin took a dislike to his opera Lady Macbeth, and in a marvellous scene at the Extraordinary ... Read more
"I often think [for] the best part of our lives we are enjoying just feeling so much alive and yet so many people [are] dying. A bit of a paradox, isn't it - Gloria Gear (ex A.W.L.A) ... Thanks Girls and Goodbye is a documentary about a group of women who worked on farms during World War Two in ... Read more
Not a Napoleon, a Broken Blossoms, or a Sunrise - something just as special but altogether rarer one of ours. The Adventures of Algy is a spirited romantic comedy/drama, a local folk film very much a part of its time (1925) and place (New Zealand and Australia) The story is perfectly slight and ... Read more
A delightfully delicious "smorgasbord" of sound effects which explodes on the palate The artist arrives in the country to give a performance. At the airport he meets a customs officer, who goes to see the show ... Winner of the BAFTA Award 1988, Best Short Fiction ... Read more
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