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Films Screened In 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 glare throws up darker, more velvety shadows, and the grit is grittier. ... Read more
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 infamous era of McCarthyism. ... One of Winkler's long-time associates, Robert DeNiro, is excellent in a ... Read more
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 of the brutal exploitation of Jamaican workers, 10,000 of whom are brought to the United States each ... 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 a swag of international awards and enjoyed enormous popular success in Tunisia and France. ... The ... Read more
"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 Films, and chose as its first venture a version of Hamlet with herself in the title role. The idea had ... Read more
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 13, rich and given to faking suicide to scare his father's girlfriend, while his father has little ... Read more
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 Apocalypse, he asked her to make a documentary about the production for United Artists' publicity ... Read more
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 creature with a human head. This expressionistic interior vison of Soviet animator Kovalyov is like an ... Read more
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 Australian industry. They eventually agreed and allowed Menkel and Marciniak unprecedented access to ... Read more
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 celebrated feminist writer Nawal el Sadawi, whom she has always admired. ... But rather than do a ... Read more
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 emotional turmoil of Eddie (superbly played by young Craig Adams), a detached, naive adolescent ... Read more
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 hostile environment, but not the coming of the Europeans. Even the supposedly enlightened figure of ... Read more
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 and crime related gangs of their brothers. ... This is a student film and what makes it different is ... 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 sense of humour and attractive characters, all neatly etched by director Paul Ruven. ... The underworld ... Read more
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 atmosphere of the region. This dark and mysterious tale of a traveller going by train and car ... Read more
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 being stars. The San Francisco Opera Chorus is one of the world's finest, yet its members are rarely ... Read more
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-enactment cast actors Grant Taylor and Rod Taylor as Charles Sturt and George McLeay, and army personnel ... Read more
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 Eberhardt. ... Together with his collaborator, (prominent Australian playwright) Stephen Sewell ... Read more
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 only twenty or thirty remained. Gillian Crate's essay film employs a diary / road movie form ... Read more
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 process the path of discovery continually traverses the boundary between documentary and fiction ... Read more
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 and a great soundtrack. (A.T) ... Read more
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 infatuation with American culture, this video introduces several serious devotees of the American Country and ... Read more
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 great contemporary relevance and in a highly dramatic fashion. ("Break down the barriers!... This is the ... Read more
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 real-life partner) is a young peasant girl bought as a wife by the elderly owner (Li Wei) of a ... Read more
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