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Films Screened In 1991

Creature Comforts (Nick Park, 1990)
A series of interviews with animals from an English zoo. They comment on accommodation. diet, and of course, the English weather. ... 1991 Academy Award Winner. ... Read more

CROSS MY HEART (Jacques Fansten, 1990)
Usually films with children are unbearable cute. Cross My Heart has nothing precocious about it. ... In the provinces, a boy's mother drops dead. Out of a quite logical fear of falling into the hands… Read more

CYBERPUNK (Marianne Trench, 1990)
Part of the world's population is already 'post-human" - so muses expatriate American writer William Gibson on the impact of his science fiction series which began with the 1982 Neuromancer and spawn… Read more

Dante's View (Richard Newton, 1991)
A short film built up around the sinister glare of the filmmaker looking into the camera. Coarse and abrupt, it is effective in its capacity to sustain a peculiar confrontation with the audience. (SC) Read more

Days of Waiting (Steven Okazaki, 1989)
When 110,000 Japanese people and Americans of Japanese origin were interned in the United States in 1942, painter Estelle Peck Ishigo decided to follow her husband. She recorded with great sensitivit… Read more

Dead on Their Feet (Rhonda Small, 1958)
First there were six pedestrians - but now there are none. ... Read more

DEAD TO THE WORLD (Ross Gibson, 1990)
From its striking opening sequence of (seemingly) casual observations from a bus window, Dead To The World looks, feels and sounds different from any Australian film we've seen. It bravely and succes… Read more

Deep Dive (Sarah Watt, 1990)
A sensual animation with wonderfully rich colours and a flow that is close to perfection. You can almost breathe the salt air as a woman goes diving at a sea bath. (AT) ... Read more

Don't Be Afraid (Vera Neubauer, 1990)
Beautifully photographed in black and white, this evocative depiction of Brixton youths constantly plays with the viewer's prejudices and tips them on their head. The lives of the characters - their … Read more

DOOMBEACH (Colin , 1990)
The Children's Film Unit gives children the chance to learn filmmaking skills. Doombeach began with an improvisation based from some recent news items. ... While his mother is having a baby, a social… Read more

Door (David Anderson, 1990)
An intriguing world of doors and keys, using animation and pixillation, leads to the "end of snivilizations as we know it " A dialogue between a man and woman about meaning and reality. Another anima… Read more

Duo (Stephen Warren, 1990)
Push comes to shove comes to hug as two male figures do the dance of love, to choreography by Sydney Dance Company star Paul Mercurio. (P K) ... Read more

ECLIPSE OF THE MAN MADE SUN (Amanda Stewart, Nicolette Freeman, 1990)
When did we stop worrying and learn to live with the Bomb? Eclipse explores how we were persuaded to believe that the bomb was not the destroyer, but our protector. Nuclear energy too, we were assure… Read more

Final Payment (David Evans, 1991)
A farmhouse in New South Wales and a man and woman lie dead from gunshot wounds. Forensic scientists begin to reconstruct the crime, but somehow the clues don't add up. The time of death becomes cruc… Read more

In celebration of the its 15th anniversary last year, the National Film Board's Women's Unit; Studio D, chose 16 women from dozens of applications to make a film reflecting "what was on their minds a… Read more

For a Better Life (Nicolina Caia, 1990)
A simple, sensitively observed story about a man who receives news of his brother's death, and how he deals with his grief. It features an engagingly understated performance by Luciano Catenacci, vet… Read more

In 1936, 3200 American men and women joined Spain in its fight for democracy against Franco's fascist uprising. For many of them the Spanish Civil War was the first - but certainly not the last - bat… Read more

FREEZE, DIE, COME TO LIFE (Vitali Kanevski, 1990)
The resilience and resourcefulness of childhood defy enormous odds in this remarkable first film by 55-year-old Vitali Kanevski. With funding to shoot a ten minute film, Kanevski returned to the Sovi… Read more

From Flores (Stephen McCallum, 1990)
Based on a Canadian short story, narrating the tale of a fateful boat trip, this very expressive film eschews the staple themes of animated films (the vendettas of anthropomorphic animals, political … Read more

GEORGE'S ISLAND (Paul Donovan, 1989)
Inspired by ghost stories of Nova Scotia, this is the tale of George, an orphan, who lives with his grandfather, a grumpy and sometimes tipsy old sea captain, who dreams of discovering hidden treasur… Read more

Get Real (Nicola Woolmington, 1990)
George is a fifteen year old addicted to junk food, videos, truancy and general slothfulness. He is a concern to his teachers, a joke to his classmates and the seat of high hopes to his devoted Greek… Read more

Getting Ready For Later (Lexy Lovell, 1990)
This is a striking film about the damaging fears parents transmit to their children. The story is told by a young boy, Sonny, in impressionistic vignettes - three that take place in 1952 and the four… Read more

Give AIDS the Freeze (Cathy Joritz, 1991)
Give AIDS the Freeze is an extremely entertaining scratchfilm animation. To the tune of Frank Sinatra's Strangers in the Night it provides some sober advice on how to stop the spread of the AIDS viru… Read more

Going Equipped (Peter Lord, )
A young man who has spent almost half his life in penal institutions, reflects on life, inside and outside the clink. His criminal career is illustrated by a series of memories and impressions while … Read more

GOLDWIDOWS: WOMEN IN LESOTHO (Don Edkins, Ute Holl, Mike Schlomer, 1990)
The film's title is taken from the name given to the women whose men work as migrant labourers in the goldmines of South Africa. The men (from Lesotho, a small mountainous country surrounded by South… Read more

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