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Films Screened In 1988

The Big Lunch (The Marine Biologists, 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 Lo… Read more

THE BIG PARADE (Chen Kaige, 1985)
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… Read more

THE BIG RACE (Jerzy Domaredski, 1981)
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… Read more

The Black Forest (Beatrice Jalbert, 1986)
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 … Read more

The Canneries (Bonni Devlin, Stephen Insley, 1987)
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 D… Read more

THE CATASTROPHE (Jahnu Barua, 1987)
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… Read more

THE COMMISSAR (Alexander Askoldov, 1967)
"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,… Read more

The Cure (Peter Viska, )
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 open… Read more

THE GREAT LAND OF SMALL (Vojta Jasny, 1986)
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 Fes… Read more

The Idea (Sue Rendall, John Skibinski, )
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The Invisible Girl (Danae Gunn, Jayne Stevenson, 1987)
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

The Island on the Big River (Eric Trotta, 1987)
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… Read more

THE LAST OF ENGLAND (Derek Jarman, 1987)
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'… Read more

The Little Chaos (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1966)
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THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT (Christopher Rawlence, 1987)
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 ... mistake… Read more

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (John Frankenheimer, 1962)
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 rum… 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 V… Read more

THE PEOPLE'S ACCOUNT (Milton Bryan, 1987)
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 … Read more

The Pond (Richard Saunders, 1988)
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 a… Read more

The Revenge of the Sons of the Desert (Alexander Marshall, 1987)
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. ... … Read more

The Ship That Never Returned (Nigel Atkinson, Nick Clark, Huw Davies, 1987)
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 ero… Read more

The Short and Curlies (Mike Leigh, 1987)
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

THE STRIKE (Peter Richardson, 1987)
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, sendi… Read more

THE TERRORISER (Edward Yang, 1986)
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 coul… Read more

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