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Films Screened In 1991

Gritty (Maeve Woods, 1991)
When seen on screen this beach becomes something like lunar beach, yet film heightens the intensity of all the beach's separate sensations. The calm water has an even more unctious surface, the sun's… Read more

GUILTY BY SUSPICION (Irwin Winkler, 1991)
Veteran producer Irwin Winkler makes an assured writing - directing debut with this involving drama about Hollywood professionals affected by the insidious blacklists of the early 1950's, the infamou… Read more

H-2 WORKER (Stephanie Black, 1990)
From the first pan across a palm-studded Jamaican landscape, Stephanie Black's feature length documentary. H-2 Worker, is stunning in its tone of calm, steady determination. H-2 Worker is a portrait … Read more

Long regarded as North Africa's leading film critic, Ferid Boughedir must now be considered one of the region's leading filmmakers on the basis of this, his first feature, which has already collected… Read more

HAMLET (Svend Gade, Heinz Schall, 1920)
"Dip the flags before her, dip the flags before her, for she is unique." - Bela Balazs, after seeing Nielsen play the death of Hamlet. ... "In 1920 Nielsen formed her own production company, Art Film… Read more

HARD ROAD (Colin Finbrow, 1990)
Kelly is 13, bored with her working class parents and jobless future, and a regular caller to Childline, where she invents tales of terrible things which never happen to her at home. ... Max is also … Read more

HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMMAKER'S APOCALYPSE (Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, 1991)
Like Gone With The Wind, Cleopatra and Heaven's Gate, Apocalypse Now had one of the most troubled shoots in cinematic lore. Eleanor Coppola had been on most of her husband's previous shoots, but for … Read more

Hen, His Life (Igor Kovalyov, 1989)
Extraordinarily detailed and beautifully drawn animation of a bizarre and surreal world; the domestic life of a fatman, his wife, a sort of oversized obese chicken and their child/pet, a slug-like cr… Read more

HEROES OF OUR TIME (Catherine Marciniak, Cathy Menkel, 1991)
Early last year the filmmakers approached Greenpeace Australia with the idea of filming an inside look at how Greenpeace was undergoing a major resurgence and upping its profile as a watchdog on Aust… Read more

HIDDEN FACES (Kim Longinotto, Claire Hunt, 1990)
An Egyptian woman, Safaa Fathay, working as a researcher, and now living in Paris, has been commissioned to work as an interviewer on a film. She goes back to her country to meet the internationally … Read more

High Flyer (Erik de Goederen, 1990)
It's Emiel's 10th birthday. He doesn't feel like celebrating, so he hides away in his tree house. His parents try to persuade him to come down but the situation escapes them.. ... Read more

Leo Berkeley's debut feature is a leisurely tale, enlivened by its singular sense of humour and passages of technical brilliance which recall the best of the French New Wave. The film focuses on the … Read more

Homage to the Yaghans (Anne Chapman, 1990)
Only a handful of the Yaghan people are now alive, the last of the Indians who inhabited the southern tip of South America. These brave sea-faring people could survive the hardships of a cold and hos… Read more

Homeboys (Judy Hecht Dumontet, 1990)
Homeboys is about the young members of street gangs in Los Angeles. The junior leagues, who are failing in school, dropping out and forming gangs that mimic the activities of the older, more violent … Read more

This low-budget film, with English and Dutch dialogue, concerns a group of lovesick losers in a very unglamorous Amsterdam. Their 'hardboiled but tragicomic adventures' lend the film its raffish sens… Read more

Hunter (Robert Frank, 1990)
Curious drama/mystery/documentary from veteran filmmaker-photographer Robert Frank. Made in the Ruhr region in winter '89, Frank was given an entirely open commission to make a film that captured the… Read more

IN THE SHADOW OF THE STARS (Irving Saraf, Allie Light, 1990)
Like A Chorus Line, In the Shadow of the Stars goes behind the scenes, discovering among the choristers of the San Francisco Opera the aspiration of singers who want to be soloists and who dream of b… Read more

Inland With Sturt (Hugh McInnes, 1951)
Film Australia filmed the Australian Broadcasting Commission's major contribution to the Jubilee Year, a re-enactment of Sturt's 1829 Expedition down the Murrumbidgee and Murray Rivers. The re-enactm… Read more

ISABELLE EBERHARDT (Ian Pringle, 1991)
We are pleased to present the World Premiere of Melbourne filmmaker Ian Pringle's long-awaited account of the celebrated turn-of-the-century European adventuress, writer and proto-feminist, Isabelle … Read more

ISLAND OF LIES (Gillian Coote, 1991)
When Eliza Fraser was shipwrecked off the coast of Queensland in 1836, eventually landing on what was to become known as Fraser Island, there were up to 3000 Aboriginal people living there. By 1905 o… Read more

Italians at Home (Ettore Siracusa, 1991)
A project that begins with the intention of making a study of the domestic environments of Italians living in Australia. The parameters are broadened however, to accommodate wider issues, and in the … Read more

Jack's Bicycle (John Moore, 1990)
An extraordinary opening image of children playing in the street of a poor neighbourhood leads into a simple but effective tale of a boy's quest for a new bike. Stylishly directed, with a tough edge … Read more

Japanese Cowboys (Stuart McDonald, 1991)
You couldn't be further from the open plains, but that hasn't dimmed the enthusiasm of the guitar plucking, country singing cowboys of Japan. ... Celebrating another example of the Japanese infatuati… Read more

Journey of a Nation (John Heyer, 1947)
Journey of a Nation is one of the greatest triumphs of the polemical documentary. Directed by the masterly John Heyer, it takes an obscure subject, uniform rail gauge and presents it in terms of grea… Read more

JU DOU (Zhang Yimou, 1990)
Zhang Yimou has followed up his delirious Red Sorghum (a 1988 Festival highlight) with another quintessentially Chinese tale of desire and its traps. ... Ju Dou (played by luminous Gong Li, Zhang's r… Read more

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