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Films Screened In 1992

A tonal poem that rejects conventional narra­tive in order to express the thoughts of an abused woman. Four 'found' images and a woman's voice alternate between thoughts of a battered wife who denies her abuse, and the horrific poetry of the abuse. The images, at first evidently racist and ... Read more
... ... The documentary form is under review. Audiences do not need to accept the tired formulae which television imposes on docu­mentary filmmakers. The tyranny is powerful, and well established in Australia. ... ... ... This documentary from the Black Audio Film Collective in London, with its ... Read more
... ... Considering that she is one of the most con­sistently original filmmakers of our time, ifs difficult to explain the under-currency of Chantal Akerman's work. Put it down to the vagaries of film distribution, and settle back for her latest offering, a bracingly tender and sen­suous ... Read more
... ... The films of Jim Jarmusch invariably locate themselves in what one might call the 'poetry of the everyday'. His characters are constantly on the move, geographically and domestically uprooted, ramblin' through unre­markable towns and cities, accompanied by tape recorders to give the ... Read more
London, 1961. Closets were closed, so were minds. Forty-five-year old Gerard wants to cel­ebrate his birthday with his lover, fifteen-year-old Ian. A private party turns nasty as homophobia and prejudice rear their head. Times haven't changed. Is this a nostalgia piece, or a direct response to ... Read more
... ... In the fight between the torturer and the tor­tured, the stake is never simple. It is not only that of revealing a secret, it is the loss of self-possession. Because torture aims to get hold of the secrets of speech, thought and body, every­thing becomes transparent. In this ... Read more
... ... This subtitled Welsh-language drama deals with a remembered childhood that is, if anything, more harrowing than those depicted by Bill Douglas or Terence Davies. The film is based on a tragic novel by Caradog Prichard, about a mother (Betsan Uwyd) driven to mad­ness and a boy (Tudor ... Read more
He's late home — again. She's lonely; she's fed up; she's got ambitions. She gets help from some big stars — Dionne Warwick, The Virgin Mary, a Living Barbie Doll and a Dominatrix... But what will they lead her to do? There's more cooking than just dinner. ... Read more
A subtle, restrained narrative with decidedly formal concerns. Set in a very unextraordinary environment, this film, rich with visual themes and motifs, examines personal feelings towards movement — to change. ... Read more
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"Looking out of the window I began to notice strange things about the way in which plants moved. It seemed that there were patterns and discrete combinations of bobbing, swaying, rotating, fluttering, shimmering, thrashing, flopping, twitching and jiggling. These signs were not for me, but 1 am ... Read more
... ... If Ann Turner's Celia gave the mistaken impression that it examined the effects of a 1957 rabbit plague on a suburban Melbourne family, you would be forgiven for assuming Paris Trout's opening sequence foretold the drama of a community at the mercy of a rabies epidemic. Not so. This ... Read more
Have you ever wondered how that peg got into your Y-fronts? This light-hearted anima­tion explores the secret life of your washing basket, and the playful antics of some playful washing pegs. (SS) ... Read more
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In 1977 Canadian scientists decided to sacrifice one lake to study the effect of acid rain on the thousands of lakes spread across North America. Each year measured amounts of raw acid were dumped into the lake, leading to a rapid depletion of species at all levels of the food chain. Within seven ... Read more
A group of strange, disquieting images and sounds turn about in a subtly varied cycle: clouds, a nut being cracked, an obscure geolog­ical landscape, particles of matter, a face disfig­ured in graphics, exaggerated eating noises... and along with shots of open phones, hints of plots ... Read more
Using the story of Little Red Riding Hood as a starting point, this unusual animation tran­scends into a dark and bleak anomaly, of chaos, destruction and paranoia. A disturbing indictment of the 20th Century psyche. As the child narrator tells us, "If s not exactly Walt Disney". (AA) See also ... Read more
Krysztof Wodiczko is an artist who does not dis­play his work in galleries but by using large for­mat slides to project his carefully constructed images on the facades of large public buildings, for all to see. He aims to engage the public by juxtaposing images and the environment/ ... Read more
Puaniana is a portrait of the elegant and vener­ated Irmgard Farden Aluli, one of Hawaii's best loved composers. The name Puamana is central to Inngard's life — it is the name of the family homestead, of the Hawaiian musical group she formed with two daughters and a niece, and of her most ... Read more
Roy and Janet are young, in love and have Downes syndrome. Together they fight for their rights to freedom of choice and self expression. This remarkable film was made with the involvement of the 'Free For AH' Drama Group. (JB) ... Read more
... ... In 1978, Frixos Constantine helped Powell revisit Foula with members of the original cast and crew for material to accompany a BBC presentation of the film. In Return To The Edge Of The World Powell and leading actor John Laurie are re-united with the places and people they had visited 40 ... Read more
In a lonely place, a man and woman meet, time and time again. Love...Mystery...Fate. Chester Dent's graduation work from the National Film School in London is hypnotic. Liam Nee­son stars in this journey of unrequited passion and desire. (LJ) ... Read more
Meet Rex, the latest in the Oscar-winning Aardman's gallery of plasticine pups, bears, turtles and parrots, in two brief but punchy pilots, Dreams and Dinosaurs. ... Read more
A hot weird Christmas in the suburbs. Mott dreams of snow, Trace and Raoul search for real coffee, Jane and Bruce just want to medi­tate. When things turn ugly, only the Rhino can save the day. ... Read more
... ... Ken Loach's work has been marked over the 30-odd years of his career by a sensi­tive if uncompromising eye. He has turned his gaze on social injustice in no uncommon terms and has broken bread with the working class, who he feels are the poor forgotten victims of modern society. Who can ... Read more
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