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Films Screened In 1988

Well known in Super 8 circles for the films they've made both individually and as a team, Sydney based The Marine Biologists (O'Brien, Frost and Meyers) with the increasing assistance of Catherine Lowing and Rowan Woods, make the move from 8mm to 16mm in their most ambitious project to date ... Read more
One of the most startling things about The Big Parade is how little its formal and visual qualities resemble Chen's internationally acclaimed debut feature, Yellow Earth. But perhaps the most salient and controversial aspect about its production has been the intervention of the authorities, who ... Read more
Shot in 1981, The Big Race was understandably shelved during martial law, being an extremely frank criticism of Communism in Poland in the early 50s. As scripted by Feliks Falk, it's a relentless and very witty catalogue of corruption, cosmetics and ineptitude. The scene is a Peace Run. Under ... Read more
A reared woman from East Berlin, visiting the West, is fascinated by the windows of a large department store. The vision of a man she had loved long ago appears in her memory, transforming the store into the arena of their past love ... Read more
In the 1920's, roughly 100 fish canneries operated along the coastline of British Columbia The labour force was radically segregated into groups of natives, Chinese, Japanese and Occidental workers During the first 50 years, cannery workers and union organizers had to contend with interracial ... Read more
Despite the shift to regionalism in Indian cinema, productions from Assam (in India's North, bordering onto China and Burma) are scarce. Catastrophe, the director's third feature sets the wider theme of the plight of small landholders in the remote, exotic context of Assam. It is a journey from ... Read more
"Just over twenty years ago, Alexander Askoldov was preparing to take his film Komissar to the 1967 San Francisco Film Festival when his work was banned and the trip cancelled Last week Askoldov, 50, had an unprecedented triumph when his long-shelved production was suddenly and mysteriously shown ... Read more
The Idea and The Cure are two new delightful Australian animated shorts from the enormously popular ‘Kaboodle' series. ... Read more
"Even before The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On won last years Japanese New Director's Prize, the hottest Japanese film of 1987 was so hot that no major distributor would handle it. Instead, it opened at an eighty-scat Tokyo theater, where it subsequently ran for months The subject of this ... Read more
The Great Land of Small is the fifth feature in Rock Doner's series of faintly films which include The Dog Who Stopped the War and The Peanut Butter Solution, both shown at earlier Melbourne Film Festivals. ... It's a magical tale about two city children who, while on a visit to their grandparents ... Read more
Anita Kelly wants to be a writer of horror stories, but the genuine brutality of her environment means that a little more than her imagination is needed to escape ... Read more
A small community of people live on a tiny island in the middle of a river. None of the residents have ever left because no one has built a boat that didn't sink. ... One day a motorboat arrives near the shore "May I live here. By the green slow waters of die great river. I often come here. I don't ... Read more
Shot during the summer and autumn of "last year", this mesmerising trip into contemporary Britain's apocalyptic non future presents what is possibly filmmaker Jarman's most personal film to date. It's as if the post-punk social critique of Jubilee and The Dream Machine has dynamically intermingled ... Read more
Doctor P, a distinguished singer, visits a ... neurologist. He is suffering from a profound ... visual agnosia. He can see but he cannot ... recognise. At the doctor's consulting room, he ... mistakes his wife for a hat stand. ... After conducting a series of tests, the ... neurologist is none the ... Read more
Resurrected after 25 years in Frank Sinatra's vaults John Frankenheimer's long-suppressed political satire still stimulates audiences with its verve, dash and morally pointed wit. ... Contrary to rumours of neo-Republican, ex-Democrat Sinatra's ideological motivations for withholding exhibition ... Read more
The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking is based on the enormously popular series of books by Astrid Lindgren. Separated from her father when their ship capsizes at sea, Pippi moves into the Villa Villekulla with Alfonso and Mr Neilson. She meets Tommy and Annika and immediately begins to bedazzle ... Read more
In 1985 a black woman was shot by the police in Brixton. A few weeks later another died in her home in Tottenham when the police "unlawfully" entered to search the property. As a result of these two incidents the black community reacted. The authorities and Fleet Street in their characteristic ... Read more
A raw and energetic study of the break down of the relationship between a 14 year old girl and her mother, mirrored by the destruction of the outside environment. Both are trapped by the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. ... Read more
A loving tribute to Laurel & Hardy by a 'set of odd, charming, curious, misplaced cherubs' who get together every two years from all over the world to celebrate these two great cinema comedians. ... Formed in 1965, the group is named after the 1933 film that has Stan and Ollie sneaking off to a ... Read more
Harry Whitehouse is the last Principal Keeper of Bardsey Lighthouse, on the North Wales coast. The lighthouse is scheduled for automation. In chronicling his departure the film also discusses the erosion of an ancient island community by modern-day values and circumstances. If lighthouses ... Read more
In between serving cough pastels and contraceptives at the chemist's, Joy dreams of the perfect man. Over at the hairdresser's, Betty has the same pre occupation for herself and her daughter Charlene ... Read more
What would happen, asks The Strike, if Hollywood bought the rights to the story of the miners' strike? The most recent (and most ambitious) Comic Strip protect takes on the movie establishment, sending up the excesses of tinsel town moguls. Paul (Alexei Sayle) a decent young chap from the country ... Read more
A man lies dead in a suburban street, armed police surround a fiat, an Eurasian girl escapes from the scene of the crime, a young photographer snaps the proceedings. The setting is Taipei but it could be any city, anywhere. Edward Yang's latest brainteaser juggles a whole range of characters ... Read more
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