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Films Screened In 1991

A dramatic monologue, delivered with great energy and fire, expressing the pent up feelings of an angry, disillusioned young woman. Over-the-top performance, script and direction combine to produce a parody of feminine outrage with which we can all identify. (F.F) ... Read more
Working backwards, the distinctive red stripes of Sydney's Coca Cola sign and Reagan's Star Wars policy must have inspired that original star-spangled banner worked out by Betsy Ross and George Washington on a clear Philadelphia night in 1776 ... Read more
Sibling rivalry has rarely been represented with such gusto, humour or unashamed violence as a young Mexican American girl finally decides to teach her brother - a cruel youth suffering from an irrepresible case of Texan bedhead - a lesson. (L.A.) ... Read more
A number of sombre talking heads frankly describe their most personal and perverse attitudes on sex, violence, and other family matters. This is fiction, based on documentary material, that looks like an experimental film. The actors are reciting lines from horrifying, but authentic, texts by (and ... Read more
Set in Victorian times, this is a whimsical and magical account of one woman's struggle to overcome society's attitudes and ride a bicycle. ... Read more
Director's Note: "Bix (portrayed by Bryant Weeks, a young American actor 'discovered' in screen test No. 449 out of 450) is a homage to a mythical figure from my youth. ... I met Bix Beiderbecke by chance because of the flu. I was 15 years old and my mother borrowed a book for me from the local ... Read more
This is not a balanced, even-handed portrayal of the Maori gang who call themselves Black Power. They are one of many such gangs in New Zealand, which have for years inspired fear and mistrust among the greater community. It is a film that takes an affirmative stance. ... The gang members have a ... Read more
In this shocking close-up of America's white-supremacist movement, the members of the American Nazi Party, the Klu Klux Klan, and the Aryan Nations are chillingly relaxed, even genial, as they speak about the need to return the U.S. to a state of racial purity. ... Most of the film was shot during ... Read more
Made as part of a series on Adult Learning for the Training Section of the Public Service Board, this is the best of the series, unpretentious, no commentary and a short appearance by Kate Fitzpatrick. ... Read more
Tom Zubrycki's new film (following Friends and Enemies, Kemira etc.) follows performances of Broome's Aboriginal musical Bran Nue Dae, from rehearsal and development to the rapturous reviews and its enthusiastic reception throughout Australia. The play has yet to open in Melbourne, where it is ... Read more
Pixillated film from the point of view of a fighter pilot flying toward its target...a peasant woman digging potatoes. ... Read more
Both the Scottish-born director, Bill Forsyth, and the quintessentiatly American John Sayles (who wrote the original screenplay for Breaking In), have spent a lot of love and care on this project. They have created a comedy that seems to be an old-fashioned buddy movie, though it never behaves in ... Read more
A modern re-telling of the childhood classic about Fanny, who has lived in the forest with her meteorologist mother ever since she was a little girl. One day on the way to visit her grandmother and great grandmother on the other side of the forest, Fanny has three encounters which change her life ... Read more
In December 1989 Chile held its first democratic elections since the overthrow in 1973 of the "People's President", Salvador Allende. During the sixteen year dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet over one million Chileans went into exile, not knowing if they would ever be able to return to ... Read more
Directed by Colin Dean, who also wrote and directed Melbourne Wedding Belle, Capacity Smith is one of Film Australia's most successful fiction films. Proving the theory -there are no good stories, just good films -Capacity was made to promote scientific methods in dairy farm management. A stubborn ... Read more
A small boy wakes in the night needing to pee but is afraid to go to the bathroom... ... Read more
A dashing surfer rides up on his white steed and declares "I've come - you'll never have to chop onions again..." Jane wakes from her dream... or was it a nightmare?! ... Working at the fish market, Jane endures the sexual innuendo and double entendres from male customers and fellow workers alike ... Read more
Ken Cameron's direction makes it hard to tell the difference between drama and the realism of a young couple struggling to get their own home. Sponsored by the Department of Housing and Construction this is die first of a three part series, the others being Chase that Dream - four months later, and ... Read more
The date was September 22, 1985, when environmental artist Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude completed what had been their ten-year obsession; "The Pont Neuf Wrapped." For fourteen days, 440,000 square feet of polyamide fabric, silky in appearance and golden sandstone in colour, covered the ... Read more
This edition of Australia's weekly newsreels from October 1938 features Federal Treasurer Casey discussing national insurance, the wedding of a "member of Melbourne's popular social set", Geelong's Centenary celebrations, The Caulfield Cup and middleweight boxing footage. ... Read more
William is an ordinary man in his early sixties. He has just paid the bond on an apartment and is waiting for a cheque so he can pay his first month's rent. But things don't quite work out. A series of seemingly minor events leads William more and more deeply, into a life on the streets. Can he ... Read more
Conversations with My Mother is an intensely moving, even disturbing encounter between the filmmaker and his mother, as they relive the traumatic years of Dirk's childhood. The family emigrated to Australia from Holland and, in the years from 1958 through the 60's, had to grapple with problems of ... Read more
Three blondes from another planet land on earth to investigate the mysteries of romantic love. A colourful post-feminist comedy with pseudo - documentary leanings and great wigs. ... Read more
Cowboy is a reformed rascal - an urban bandit come clean. His self-styled rock 'n' roll act on street corners earns him just enough money to get by. With his Chuck Berry style and white suit he attracts a lot of attention. ... Maria lives an equally precarious existence in one of the fifty squatter ... Read more
McWilliams' ground-breaking documentary is a kind of x-ray into the creative mind of Canada's late animation pioneer, who passed away in 1987. ... Norman McLaren's influence on cinema cannot be overestimated. Often working with collaborators Evelyn Lambart and Grant Munro, McLaren produced over 50 ... Read more
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