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Films Screened In 1990

As the title suggests, St Clair Bourne's documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Spike Lee's acclaimed feature Do The Right Thing. ... While 'making of...' movies invariably serve merely as promotional tools, often made by the same producers as the movie in subject, this ... Read more
The story is told from the perspective of an adult looking back to 1962 when he was twelve years old. The main character, Steve, and his best friend, Pete, are in the summer of their lives. The most important things to them, to any guy at twelve, are hanging out with their other buddies, having ... Read more
Spike Lee directs a TV spot for "Air Jordans". ... Read more
“YOU WAKE UP ONE MORNING and you know you're lost." An expatriate German approaching middle age in the comfortable niche he has built as a London art critic, David Keller (Jeroen Krabbe), is already uneasily aware of a sense of self-betrayal when 1968 abruptly resurfaces through a telephone call ... Read more
The City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band are here performing outside the Melbourne Arts Centre. ... Read more
An afternoon's attempt to capture the spirit of two people; their dreams, their enthusiasm. ... Read more
IN HIS FIRST FEATURE-LENGTH FILM, director Claude Mourieras deliberately eschews two of the cardinal tendencies of contemporary mainstream filmmaking. He shot this lyrical film, based on the choreography of Pandora by Jean-Claude Gallotta about a young boy's initiation to adulthood, in black and ... Read more
"Lost forever in the vortex of Eastern European anxiety, our puppet hero Hector languishes in scene after scene of contrived torment. Antiquity is thus his total realm, his self... ... This is the flipside of Perestroika; the solid weight of monuments and walls crashing down on waiting faceless ... Read more
Although Wim Wenders produced what are arguably amongst the most original and important films of the past two decades there has been no detailed study of his work on film until now. ... Paul Joyce and Chris Rodley, whose previous film biographies have covered the careers of Nic Roeg, Nagisa Oshima ... Read more
My Place is a video 8 documentary exploring certain personalities around a discotheque-club in Maroochydore, Queensland, circa 1987. The treatment is naive, the film has the look and feel very much of a home movie while the off screen interviewer elicits strange familiarity from the subjects of the ... Read more
High contrast, black and white negative was rotascoped, yielding highly coloured animation drawings. Integrating the original black and white negative and positive on an optical printer, complex patterns of alternating colour, and black and white frames are formed. The filmmaker reminisces about ... Read more
A special report from the world's number one media city. The Media Show talks to film directors, journalists and television producers; magazine editors and movie stars talk about what it's like to live and work in New York City. We investigate how the media dealt with the question of race in the ... Read more
A quiet look at colour. ... Read more
Internationally, humanists recoiled from the death pronouncement by Ayatollah Khomeini on Salman Rushdie. This confronting documentary begins with footage of Iranian protests in Amsterdam surrounding this decree, then sets out to show that the response to The Satanic Verses was not an exceptional ... Read more
Night Cries is the latest experimental work by the talented Aboriginal filmmaker, Tracey Moffat. This breathtakingiy visual film, set in an abandoned and decaying homestead in the middle of the desert, centres on the life of a middle aged Aboriginal woman who is forced to care for her ageing white ... Read more
In this hard-edged film, a homosexual is savagely bashed in a public toilet block and taken for a nightmarish car ride by four hoons "out for a good time" while his lover is interstate. ... Lawrence Johnston's Night Out explores a range of pertinent issues including homosexual assaults and ... Read more
I SWEAR THERE WERE MOMENTS in Aleksi Vellis' deliriously out of control Nirvana Street Murder when I fully expected Alwyn Kurts or Leonard Teale to appear around the next grimy Fitzroy backstreet in the best tradition of vintage Crawford's police dramas. Such is the energy and vigour of this ... Read more
Mercy Steele remembers her close-to idyllic childhood in rural Queensland in the twenties. Images of the landscape, abundant foods and fruits interspersed with reconstructed snatches of the way things were, show a simple life that belies the tragedy which her family later suffered. Her mother dying ... Read more
An elderly woman, living next door to a young boy, becomes the object of ridicule. Her quarrels with the neighborhood children are heightened by the mood of the Halloween season. When the boy and his friends accidentally throw a football onto her porch she keeps it to teach them a lesson and when ... Read more
Melbourne filmmaker Brian McKenzie spent 5 years working on this engrossing study of a not-so-typical Brunswick household. It's a laconic, observational documentary similar to the director's I'll Be Home For Christmas (MFF '85), in which McKenzie plays a central part, camera in tow, as he documents ... Read more
The basis for this animation are photographs taken on one day in 1961, representing the filmmaker's own childhood, specifically "the event of being tossed in the air as a one year old". She describes the film as an "autobiographical notation...reworked and animated from the present, adult point of ... Read more
In a stylish exhibition of innovative computerised animation, One Complete Revolution parades the signs of the times. What starts out as one man's mythical walk proceeds to a gallop through the realm of international relations. A post-modern exploration of post-revolutionary Russia emerges via ... Read more
A conventional "Disney style" animation about the way a farmer lives with his bananas and copes with a changing environment. ... This film raises important metaphysical questions - eg: could God be a Queenslander? The answer is very revealing.- (HK) ... Read more
A film born out of alienation. It is an attempt at valuing the moments when action ceases and reflection begins. It is not a pessimistic film. ... Read more
IN HER FIRST FEATURE FILM as director, Patricia Muzay brings a tense and menacing atmosphere to this story of the confrontation between two brothers, Roland (Jean-Francis Steventn) and Gerard (Jacques Spiesser) ten years after a fatal incident for which the elder brother Roland was sent to jail ... Read more
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