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Films Screened In 1992

... ... Robin Anderson and Bob Connolly's earlier films First Contact and Joe Leahy's Neigh­bours brought the world the first concerted post-colonial analysis of Australia's dismal record in the near north. Black Harvest takes up the remarkable story five years on with Joe Leahy aged 53 ... Read more
... ... Avoiding didacticism, this film raises some f of the most current concerns facing the i resurgence of Aboriginal culture in Australia today. Underpinning the film, which has its world premiere here, is a reappraisal of the assertion that Aboriginal culture was destroyed in Tasmania ... Read more
... ... A man comes to a dying coal-mining town looking for work. He calls himself 'Kim' — Korea's most common surname. He soon finds that the town is not as placid as it seems: strained labour relations are on the verge of exploding into violence, and the local tearaway biker gets away with ... Read more
... ... Paparazzo-photographer Victor Malafronte's philosophy is simple: "I don't have any sympathy for a guy who's making $20-30 mil­lion a year." Chasing Madonna, ambushing Michael J. Fox, screaming at Robert de Niro, Blast 'Em is an arm's length look at life as a New York paparazzo ... Read more
... ... In Japan, Takeshi Kitano currently advertises a product called 'Jolt Cola'. Aside from his endorsement, the selling point is that it boasts twice the caffeine of regular colas. For once, star and product are perfectly matched. The crowds that saw Violent Cop will not be sur­prised to ... Read more
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This film depicts the lifestyle of three Irish youths living m England It is a lifestyle com­mon to many young Insh people hvmg in Eng­land today The story was influenced by the cases of the 'Guildford Four*, the 'Birmingham Six' and the 'Winchester Three' and gets its influence from the ... Read more
Against the continuing backdrop of imprison-nent and ill-treatment of political prisoners hroughout the Middle East, Breath of Life iepicts the emotional bond forged between six prisoners of conscience who find themselves sharing the same cell. Where there is no escape, no compassion, no humanity ... Read more
Why on earth has humankind set the stage for its own extinction? Why bring a child into a world threatened by the horror of nuclear war and massive environmental destruction? These are the answers sought by Beatrice (Anne Louise Lambert) after the birth of her daughter Maeve (Maeve Dermody, the ... Read more
Set to the haunting strains of Schuberf's "Quin­tette A Cordes En Ut Majeur", Feick's acclaimed him takes us on a startling cinematic odyssey through New York City at night as a young boy strays from his father at Grand Cen­tral Station. (JB) ... Read more
The silvery-white metal calcium plays an important part in human health. It provides the structural material for teeth and the 206 bones in our bodies and also regulates many physiological and neurological processes. This straightforward film illustrates China's attempts to raise consciousness ... Read more
Dad, clad only m his underclothes, lies stiffen­ing on the Kitchen table Once dressed, he begins his last journey to join us, the mesmeRIzed audience, m the dark flicker of the cin­ema A glittenngly sombre fable shot with assurance by Swinburne graduate student Liz Hughes. (RR) ... Read more
... ... In 1927, the explorer-filrrunaker team Schoed­sack and Cooper travelled to the Siamese rain forest to shoot this adventure extravagan­za. An obvious prototype for their 1933 epic King Kong, it is a highly entertaining film in its own right. Chang, according to renowned film ... Read more
... ... During the McCarthy era, Dr Evelyn Hook­er took on the moral majority and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to prove, through a pioneer clinical study, homo­sexuality was neither sin, crime nor sickness requiring cure via hysterectomy, castration, shock treatment and/or ... Read more
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The camera rarely stops moving in City Of Hope, an unflinching study of the urban dynamics of a contemporary American work­ing class community on the verge of economic breakdown. Drawing from his regular staple of actors, John Sayles's film is a network of play­ers from different social ... Read more
Are fantasy writers seriously weird people? Clive Barker, the English writer, illustrator and filmmaker is, and if you are not an avid fan of Barker's miscreations, you will still find him seriously weird and perhaps disturbing He believes m the phantoms and monsters unleashed in the human mind and ... Read more
... ... There are no food queues in Cloud Heaven; no demonstrations against a tyrannical despot, nor even the slightest hint of a 'people-power' coup. The Russia of Cloud Heaven is far more mundane and hum-drum than that, Ifs a desolate suburb on the outskirts of Moscow on a drab, despondent Sunday ... Read more
... ... Provocative, engaging and scrupulously researched, Color Adjustment: Blacks In Prime Time is a film that examines the relation­ship between prime-time television and Ameri­ca's racial consciousness. Taking as dual points of departure the cautious optimism with which Blacks returned ... Read more
Utilizing the cowboy-western genre as a theme from which to draw his disturbing images, Phil Mulloy has created a highly entertaining collection of rough and gritty animation shorts, painterly and expressionistic in style His bristly brush loaded mainly with black ink, and sharp pen sometimes ... Read more
Africa is the continent that saw the birth of humanity. It has also been ruled in equal measure by an animal of gargantuan proportions. An animal that is now losing the battle to live in the very land it helped create. And if the elephant goes, Africa will never be the same again. A resident of ... Read more
In '82 William Gibson published the first ground-breaking series of what he assumed were science-fiction novels (Neuromancer). Since then 90 percent of his'fictional' concepts have come true. Virtual reality, computer hack­ing, 'smarf pills, software piracy. Gibson's post-modem world, now being ... Read more
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