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Films Screened In 1994

The latest documentary from the Newcastle-on-Tyne collective, Amber Films (previous MIFF Kino Award winners with Writing On The Sand), follows the journey of Finnish born photographer, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, as she travels back to Finland with her daughter Katja to rediscover her roots and attempt ... Read more
How did life begin on Earth? When science seems to know so much, why has this great question been impossible to answer? Microfossils found in rock show that life was underway four billion years ago, but how did the first replicating organisms form? A look at this dynamic and controversial area of ... Read more
This is a beautifully executed film about life, dreams, homeland, journeys and the inevitable...as told through the letters of a mother in Denmark, as her son travels across the open plains and deserts of the USA. ... The use of light and colour are strong elements underlying the contrasting ... Read more
Australian women speak out: all you've ever wanted to know about red lipstick, and more. A fast, snappy 'microdoc' that moves between the tongue-in-cheek, the inside story, and good ol' exotic Vogue-shaped red lips. Eyecatching images and great soundtrack. ... Read more
A humorous animation about a group of wolf-like creatures. Through some folly, the smallest member of the pack goes the highest. But having jumped so high, the little wolf now has far to fall... ... Read more
"The true identity of London is in its absence. As a city, it no longer exists. In this alone it is truly modern: London was the first metropolis to disappear ." ... Rather like following literary, artistic and architectural songlines of European culture, London maps the historical, spatial ... Read more
A new work from upstate New York's Experimental TV Centre, it is one of a wave of recent American short films often besotted by a certain Pacific-rim 'new Orientalism'. Most of these pieces float in an idealistic construction of aesthetic harmonies of Asian social and spiritual customs. While still ... Read more
A galloping burlesque and sophisticated critique of a variety of genres, and a jab at theatrical temperament (not to mention human behaviour and prejudice), Love In Black And White has Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Tom Mix and other Hollywood icons come to life as puppets. Starewicz uses the ... Read more
A modern-day Narcissus? A humorous exploration of male vanity? A cheap gag film! Take your pick ... Read more
An inventive, visual powerhouse, Man To Man brings to the screen Manfred Karge's one-woman play, Jacke wie Hose. The tour-de-force performance from the remarkable Tilda Swinton (who illuminated the stage production to unbridled acclaim) is a revelation, and will astound those who know her mainly ... Read more
Culled from over 100 hours of footage shot over a 7 year period (1987-94), Mandalay is Maggie Fooke's already legendary diary film chronicling the campaign to save the ageing art-deco apartment block of the same name. The building, in which the filmmaker was a long-term resident, became the centre ... Read more
By using a series of photographs of urban landscapes of Manila, two animated figures of a desperate mother and young child wander through desolate streets, as she attempts to abandon her child. The film is symbolically framed by the city's decadence, yet gives us hope for the child as it boards a ... Read more
Martha And Ethel is a unique and indelible portrait of two lifelong nannies, strong-willed women who subjugated their own lives to raise someone else's family (as ninety year-old Ethel states, "You don't have to birth a child to love it"). What makes this extremely personal documentary particularly ... Read more
A girl and an old man are stuck together in a strange place. Daily they sift through sand; 'You never believed in this story about pearls...Huh?" chides the old man. "I hate you...I hate you," thinks the girl. A journey through impressions of abuse and madness. Elegantly filmed in black and white ... Read more
It's 1972 and 'It's Time', but not it seems for Violet who is caught in the limbo world of adolescence in a small costal town Director Graeme Wood's exceptional cinematic rendering of a place, a time and the hard-edged desperation of teen trouble is a tough tour de force of short filmmaking. ... Read more
Motherland is the story of two Latvian grandmothers who have lived in Australia (since the end of WWII), and although never knowing each other in their native Latvia, have become close friends since arriving in Australia. Not only did their similar experiences in their motherland draw them ... Read more
P. J. Hogan's breakthrough feature, coming to us directly from its World Premiere at Cannes, rockets another enormous local talent onto the world stage as it launches the 43rd edition of the Festival. ... Growing up in a tacky coastal resort town (location undefined, but clearly within spitting ... Read more
"A cast of Hawks...A watch of Nightingales...A Murmuration of Starlings." This short black-and-white film is a lyrical study of the common starling, sturnis vulgari. But this is no traditional wildlife documentary, this is an innovative visual treat. Using animated, live-action and optically ... Read more
Artistically splendid depiction of the natural coastal environment on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. ... Read more
Mind-blowing computer animation, initially created as part of the documentary Muttaburrasaurus - Life In Gondwanna. See Australia's own dinosaurs as they face threatening elements in a pre-historic environment. ... Read more
100 million years ago the great southern continent of Gondwana was inhabited by a unique species of dinosaur - the Muttaburrasaurus. Evidence for this dinosaur has been found only in Australia. An imaginative combination of animation and footage from 'digs' such as Dinosaur Cove and Inverloch ... Read more
Described as a wandering genius, at age 80 Paul Erdös has no home, no job, yet he is the most prolific mathematician alive. This documentary presents his struggle to uncover truths hidden by what he describes as a stubborn adversary - God - and the tragic historical events that have shaped his ... Read more
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From nought to Shakespeare in 300 words - Next features an empty stage, one actor and the complete works of the bard. It's quite an audition?! ... Made for the Lip Synch series, Next signals Aardman's openess to embrace other animators and styles of animation. Although still working with models ... Read more
No Place Like Home is the story of a young girl, Barbara Faye Wilson, who lives with her mother, brother and sister in homeless shelters and cheap motels. This film is arresting in both its bleak nature and emotional intensity. It unfolds as a diary, quietly observing over eight months the comings ... Read more
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