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Films Screened In 1989

Graham Chase's just completed new doco is a fascinating episode from the continuing saga of the Philipine revolution. It's subject is one Bemabe Buscayno, alias Kommanda Dante, a life-time friend of Ninoy Aquino, and founder member of the NPA (New People's Army). Arrested m the manhunt that also ... Read more
Adapted from his 1970 stage production, Bleak Moments not only represents Mike Leigh's feature film debut but also establishes the characteristic method of mood of his output, a stylistic signature which has been described as 'heightened realism'. The film revolves around Sylvia (Anne Raitt), a ... Read more
Arabesque-like images flash upon the screen, then suddenly disappear. An impression remains in the viewer's eye, like the burning of a bright light after it has been extinguished. A work of pure imagination. ... Read more
A psychological study of a 'fragile' couple through a kaleidoscope of fractured images. What is left is a mood, a glimpse, leaving the audience ta contemplate and consider various solutions. ... Read more
A film about people who touch dead bodies. Morticians, embalmers, grave diggers, nurses and others describe their work in 'a down to earth manner'. The filmmakers describe it as a 'layperson's guide to the crafts of embalming and autopsy ... (which) investigates and revels in the most taboo of ... Read more
A dark comedy about a mother and wife in search of a look, a Spanish maid dancing on the table, three precocious little girls and a husband in the bath. Something has to give ... ... Read more
The members of this family have two things in common; one, they cannot communicate with each other, and two, they all love Bonza. This is a frantically paced comedy about the trials of an Australian household seen through the eyes of the family dog. ... Is Dad having an affair? Will his toupe fall ... Read more
Anna, George, Berta and Edward live in a world of bureaucracy. An animated fantasy, inspired by the famous painting by Manet. ... Multi-award winner from Estonia., including Grand Prix and Critics Prize, Zagreb Animation Festival, 1988. ... Read more
... ... Buried Alive is a very apt title for a film about a country whose population has been sealed off from the rest of the world for the last 13 years. It is now almost 14 years since the invasion of East Timor and we still know very little about what really happened when Indonesia took the ... Read more
Having met, two women discuss their relationship. One compares their time together with a pair of old socks; one wonders whether lips wear out from kissing the same person. They are still in love. A stylistic short — a light-hearted lesbian love story. ... Read more
... ... Of the various men's clubs reluctantly desegregated by feminism, the movie industry has been one of the more resilient to change. Still largely a boy's game, big-league moviemaking has proved particularly resistant to female infiltration, and the story of this challenge to masculine ... Read more
In the canon a melody begun by one voice or instrument is echoed by another, beginning one beat or several measures later than the one before. In this film, McLaren illustrates the principle of the canon. ... Read more
Chet Baker sings 'I'm a Fool to Want You'. 'When Chet sings, he hypnotises people. They react in a particular way, a tender way. In order to film this, I moved in very slowly — four metres in two minutes — in a tracking shot. ... After seeing the film, he embraced me. He had, I think, a ... Read more
Coffee Coloured Children attempts to approach a social statement through an experimental framework. Two black children are brought up by a white mother in an urban housing estate. Their situation is made difficult by them being the only black children in the neighbourhood. Here the film ... Read more
... ... Fresh-faced university graduate Paul Harper (Jeremy Stanford) doesn't know what he's let himself in for when he starts his new job at the State Compensation Office. Instead of an efficient government agency speedily processing claims for Workers' Compensation (a.k.a. 'Compo') Paul ... Read more
A humorous yet hard hitting presentation of the health risks associated with smoking, together with an examination of the role of tobacco advertising in recruiting young smokers Its message to viewers is quite clear, 'If you smoke already — quit' ... A vivid journey down Tobacco Road ... Read more
A peeping-Torn gets more than he has bargained for when the students of an elite girls boarding school decide to chase a few vicarious thrills of their own. ... Originally 25 minutes in length, the ftiin svas subsequently re-cut for consideration by the Cannes Film Festival. The resultant ... Read more
Although ostensibly a remake of Rudolph Mate's 1950 film noir classic, D. O. A. has undergone major structural changes, courtesy of screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue (The Fly, Psycho III), which gives this playful update a high-tech vitality without sacrificing the potboiler punch of the original's ... Read more
An engaging and apparently benign mixed-animation work develops almost impeccably into a disturbing personal expression of the experience of incest. - (CK) ... Read more
Frank is a lonely and purposeless young man until he meets Mr Lord, the charismatic supermarket manager, who employs him to do the lord's work amongst the baked beans and weekly specials. ... An economy-sized pop-comedy from video artist Rik Lander. ... Read more
Shot on high-definition video, transferred to 35mm with remarkable results, this a truly contemporary experimental work, looking at the meaning, the importance of vision. ... Total vision is left behind in paradise. Instead we have the pleasure of degrees of blindness. ... Read more
A sparse glimpse surrounding the deportation of a man set on the Arab/Israeli border. - (JS) ... Read more
col/I988/10I mins ... This is easily the best of many documentaries made about Tarkovsky in the last few years of his life, because the director and his camera team had the knack of being in the right place at the right time. The coverage has an easy flow and rhythm and is accompanied, at times, by ... Read more
A delightfully lively animation by the makers of Lupo the Butcher — a hit at last year's festival — about the fantasies that take place in a dog's dream. Mr Freud woutd have a field day here! ... Read more
... ... Take an egocentric German 'empressario' with plans to produce the biggest theatrical event in the history of showbiz; a (respected) film producer with grandiose plans for a film of the show (although he seems unsure of what sort of film); a string of squabbling choreographers; mysterious ... Read more
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