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Films Screened In 1991

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
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 of the French social services and being sent to an orphanage (it seems a father has never been ... Read more
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 spawned a subculture - and ultimately a political and philosophical movement - dubbed Cyberpunk, examined ... Read more
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
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 sensitivity through her painting the great suffering of these people at the hands of their own countrymen, a ... Read more
First there were six pedestrians - but now there are none. ... Read more
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 successfully sweeps aside Australian cinema's traditional predilection with naturalism, in favour of a ... Read more
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
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 friendships, their lovers, the response to a pregnancy - are shown in glimpsed moments, with a ... Read more
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 worker suggests a seaside holiday for 12 year old Gavin. It is term time, so he has to attend ... Read more
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 animation from the makers of last years MFF Best Animation Award Winner, Deadsy. ... Read more
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
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 assured, would provide us with an endless supply of safe power. This compelling documentary draws on a ... Read more
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 crucial to solving the case. Forensic evidence from a most unlikely source eventually breaks the ... 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 and in their hearts." Equipped with five rolls of film stock and $10,000 to turn it into a movie ... Read more
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, veteran of numerous Italian features, who later migrated to Australia and to whom the film is ... 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 - battle they fought. These veterans have played significant roles in World War 2, trade unionism, the ... Read more
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 Soviet far east where he grew up, recruited locals to act as extras, found old film stock and shot an ... Read more
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 allegory, the ballet of abstraction) in favour of the stuff of melodrama. A gripping narrative with ... Read more
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 treasure. Miss Birdwood, George's frustrated school teacher, conspires with the local welfare department to ... Read more
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 mum. Then one day he unwittingly upsets the school bully. Knowing that "revenge" will be sought, he ... Read more
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 fourth in 1966 where we see him as a young man. ... Louis Malle acted as a production advisor on this ... Read more
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 virus - get informed; choose your lovers carefully; don't forget the condoms and insist that he wear ... Read more
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 he provides a sharp, ironic commentary. ... Read more
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 Africa) have over the last 100 years worked these most dangerous mines and due to Apartheid laws ... Read more
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