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Films Screened In 1990

This short version about Japanese Butoh dancers has been prepared to assist with raising support and finance for a feature length production. Butoh is sometimes called the 'dance of darkness', and though little appreciated in Japan it has been drawing large audiences in Europe and America, and has ... Read more
A witty and incisive non-narrative exercise that suggests the links, both obvious and unexpected, between actions and events in people's lives and seemingly disparate tales and images.- (TB) ... Read more
An interview with the Australian director of Celia about her film, on the eve of its British release. (Of particular interest due to the film's poor reception in Australia which has resulted in it passing largely unnoticed by the Australian public). ... Read more
"I write in South Molton Street what I both see and hear. In regions of humanity, in London's opening streets", - Jerusalem by William Blake, poet, painter and visionary. ... Wooding reinterprets Blake's once glorious anthem, using the contemporary British setting as his canvas.- (TB) ... 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 very acute ... Read more
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt is impressive as a singularly moving and sympathetic account of people whose lives have been profoundly altered, or cut short, by AIDS. ... The 75 minute documentary slams through stereotypes to tell the stories of several individuals - a one time Olympic ... Read more
Men and women offer us an unknown view of World War II. The quality of the 'head shots' approaches the vivacity of Rosie the Riveter. Using in addition archival footage and enacted segments, we are presented with the stories of gay Britons as they lived during WWII. One interviewee, a young student ... Read more
This multi-panelled moving fresco provides the opportunity to contemplate the Crucifixion of Christ from various perspectives. For example, in the fourth of seven major sequences, which comprise the work, we see the blood flowing from the wound made by the Centurion soldier, blood that merges with ... Read more
John Waters' latest celebration of pop cultural timespin hurls us joyously back into mid-fifties small-town Americana. Baltimore, 1954, to be precise. America is in the process of discovering rock'n'roll, black leather jackets, pompadours, pegged jeans, flashy cars, skintight sweaters over bullet ... Read more
This is an expressive, reflective film that strings together seemingly dislocated stories and events in a provocative, and personalised treatment of the media and its impact on human rights. Arlyck considers the effect of the news on the general population of the privileged world. Nowadays ... Read more
'D' consists of a sequence of still photographs and drawings that have been rotsocoped. The photographs are from a trip across the Manhattan Bridge to Brooklyn on the D train. ... Read more
Jeremy Irons, who stars in Danny The Champion Of The World, describes it as "that rare film I think parents will enjoy as much as children". Irons works in this film for the first time with his son (Samuel) and father-in law (Cyril Cusack). ... The film is based on the best-selling children's ... Read more
The latest offering from the great Czech animator proves that the original is always the best. ... "With this body, senses and existence, a being fills an empty room, but this existence is unsteady and temporary. We will immerse into darkness again, in the same way we have emerged from it." ... Read more
Late one evening in Moscow in 1937, Defence Councel Sedov hears a knock at the door. Three women whose agronomist husbands have been sentenced to death for alleged sabotage beg him to take on the seemingly hopeless task of saving them. Sedov embarks upon a succession of encounters with increasingly ... Read more
On the launch of a new government antidrug campaign, The Media Show asks if it is possible to raise the issue without ending up "advertising" drugs. ... Read more
"As the storm passes, the camera descends and moves over textured landscapes, the potential of which we can only guess. A complete understanding of the terrestrial forms is denied, yet the intimate exploration of the camera draws us closer. The camera caresses its subjects as they fade in and out ... Read more
After months of waiting, and with his escape window now verified, Eric Slate is leaving this earth for his homeland, his data collecting mission here complete. Yet to achieve this goal, Eric needs the assistance of another like-minded soul. When Eric meets Laurie Spicer, he knows he has found his ... Read more
The mythical abode of bliss and pleasure, or the scene of massive destruction of the landscape for the purposes of the export woodchip industry? ... The film takes us into the primordial beauty of the Australian bush and introduces us to Aboriginal narrator Benjamin Cruse. We're told simply, and ... Read more
During the Second World War Canadians of Italian extraction were interned as "aliens" in their own land. Elefanti, through the use of archival material and interviews, examines the effects of this internment on one man's life and uses the elephant as a metaphor for the resilience of the human ... Read more
This is a child's eye view of death. Emmy's Grandmother dies and we watch her deal with it. Emmy does not seem sad, she is as interested in her grandmother in death as she was when she was alive. ... It is an interesting film because of the matter of fact outlook on death, its acceptance of death ... Read more
WITH HIS LATEST FILM, Jiri Menzel takes us to a time not so long ago but worlds away, to a beautifully appointed country estate in Southern Bohemia after the First World War. ... The End Of Old Times recounts the sudden arrival and fortuitous adventures of the myste¬rious Duke Alexey ... Read more
African beats propel a vibrant animation of expressive dance.- (LS) ... Read more
In this animation televisions are wild and noble creatures living an idyllic lifestyle in their natural mountain habitat. They graze freely, entertaining each other until they are rounded up and herded into cities. This is the adventure of a television which escapes the captured herd and the ... Read more
The Filminuto series are designed to screen before a feature in Cuban cinemas (often with local newsreels). ... Each Filminuto is a collection of brief cartoon-strip-like comic animations of no more than one minute, usually written by the father of Cuban animation Juan Padron.- (TB) ... Read more
A commuter steals an intriguing photo-strip on a station platform, then comes face to face with the young doctor it depicts. ... This pocket-sized re-working restores the melodramatic tradition of yesteryear with an emotive music score and a steamy railway station setting a la Brief Encounter ... Read more
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