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Films Screened In 1993

You've read the book, now see the film. Pooling the talents of actor/writer Ben Elton (Young Ones, Blackadder) and director Nadia Tass (Malcolm, The Big Steal), this gloriously over-the-top production will have its world premiere and sole cinema screening at the MFF — within days of its ... Read more
From his beginnings in the late sixties with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer in the Wailers, through his stormy vault to stardom as the leader of a reggae movement that swept the world in the 1970s, to his murder in 1987, Peter Tosh defied expectations at every turn. Stepping Razor explores the tangled ... Read more
The Bad News Bears go Tokyo for Masayuki Suo's teen wrestlefest, Sumo Do, Sumo Don't. Truancy, transvestism and desperation coerce a motley assortment of misfits, nerds and academic failures into resurrecting their university's long-ailing, Z-division Sumo team. Upon their intially laughable and ... Read more
A film for those who follow the advtce "Keep out of reach of children" — it cuts both ways. ... Read more
Jonah Brack, the 21-year-old son of a wealthy family, seems to have it all. So why does he leave it all behind with a sunkissed goodbye? A French anthropologist comes to Australia to ask just this question. Seen through his eyes, the film is an outsider's attempt to understand Australia's beach ... Read more
In a feudal society a young woman attempts to keep her identity. ... Heavily symbolic, the animator plays with different rhythms and graphic styles. ... Read more
"When the film starts you will see a woman's face and hear a man's voice." In one simple continuous shot director Rachel Davis chal­lenges and redefines the question, fiction or documentary? Speaking an-others voice, appropriating another's experience of abuse, leads the issues of gender ... Read more
Next time your house comes down around your head, don't put all the blame on termites. The real culprits are tiny flagellates that live in the gut of the termite and turn wood cellulose into food digestible to the termite. Stunning cine-microscopy takes us on a brief tour of this world of the ... Read more
... ... In what may be the best work of two illustri­ous careers, the ever-innovative Robert Altman joined forces with Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, to create a presidential candi­date, Jack Tanner, and then ran him alongside the other hopefuls in the 1988 US election cam­paign! A ... Read more
When the bell rings, a signal of sight and sound of "Suad Pan Yak" (a chant from the Sukhothai period — about 800 years ago) spreads all over the land. Someone has his own Nirvana... ... What would happen if doctrines, pravers and rituals were combined with modern tech­nology, a totally ... Read more
Under the genocidal regime of Pol Pot over ninety percent of Cambodia's artists were killed, including most of the classical dancers of the Royal Court Ballet. Only one in ten survived. The Tenth Dancer is both the story of one such survivor: Em Theay, and a portrait of Cambodia's struggle to ... Read more
Separation, journey and coming back. An impressionistic account of an Aboriginal woman growing up in a non-Aboriginal family learning how fear and shame pass from one generation to the next, from one culture to another. ... Read more
Tessa is 13 years old and 'kinda fat', something which is not a problem for her but seems to be a problem for everyone else. Tessa has no problem accepting herself but ponders the question "How do you get other people to?" ... Read more
Thank God I'm A Lesbian is both the vigorous affirmation of lesbian sexuality that its title promises, and a remarkably honest and entertaining examination of the diversity of lesbian identity. ... Pacy and intelligent, this mix of interviews, contemporary and archival footage (which won best ... Read more
A museum warder's observations and fan­tasies of a 19th century painting 'Scene On the Coast of Africa'. The painting comes to life pre­senting a lurid re-interpretation. A new film from Issac Julien — the director of Young Soul Rebels, and the prize-winning Looking for Langston. ... Read more
We all know the Wright brothers were the first people to fly. ..but who was the second? ... Read more
Tracey has a cigarette and dances to a jazz solo. She gets a nosebleed. Her boyfriend comes home. Two people hear news of a friend's affair. A fleeting moment; a peek in a neighbours win­dow, or just another wild night in Toronto? ... Read more
Georgian writer-director Otar Iossehani, long based in France, looks at the fast disappearing world of European aristocracy in this enchanting and elliptical comedy. ... Two elderly White Russian ladies are living in a chateau of more than decaying grandeur, full of memories and momentos. Vivacious ... Read more
Is there more to life than being in a gang, being chased by one or a bit of both? Tarn, a thirteen-year-old growing up in the slums of Glasgow in the early 70s, confronts this question, with a little assistance from the-local mystic. ... Read more
When Carver came into Anna's life she thought she'd met her match. They were both obsessed by detail. She's an architect. He's a plastic sur­geon. They both would have died for perfec­tion. Now Anna has made her mind up. It will be messy, and she hates messes. But she has to cut him out of ... Read more
This new film from the director of Man Facing SouthEast centres on Oliverio, a man prone to sudden fits of poetry yet curiously lacking any underlying feeling. Oliverio is in search of that elusive, special love — the one that will make him soar — something of a contradiction in a ... Read more
A collection of warm and haunting memories from the filmmaker's childhood experience with neighbourhood dogs. The artwork is strongly coloured eel and pencil-drawn anima­tion and conveys a sense of mystery. Truthful, sometimes funny and often disturbing, these reflections provide the filmmaker ... Read more
Families can be difficult. What do you do about a daughter who continually slams her door? One father comes up with a creative solution. ... Read more
Shumchi Nagasaki, (whose chilling Super-8 feature. Heart Beating in the Dark, screened at MFF 88) has been described as the 'Japanese Chabrol'. He shares with the French filmmaker a preference for crime stories with a psychological bent, as well as an inconspicuous style: no large signs only ... Read more
Thai cinema may be one of the great unknowns in Western film study but a healthy national industry exists, making polished and popular films. Its international profile has been hampered by governmental indifference and producer reluctance to make films available or to subtitle them, however over ... Read more
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