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Films Screened In 1994

An old man finds new spirit after the death of his wife when he gets a video camera. A sweet, succinct look at the many parts that make up the sum of one life nearly completed. ... Read more
Aliens took my mother! The most recent Aardman internee has produced a whacked-out, fluro-driven, B-movie pastiche. ... Read more
This film has a secret. The secret is not what you watch but how you watch it. In as much as the meaning of 'documentary' is concerned, Now And All Time is pure. Rich natural light, beautiful extended shots, crisp sound, austere surroundings and a laconic pace all combine to take us right into the ... Read more
What's a bob worth these days? Clearly times are a changin'...and the scouts are keeping up with the times. "Bob a job" is not what it used to be as one unsuspecting home owner discovers. ... Read more
It's the occasion for a double celebration: the first screening of Oh...Rosalinda!! on any local theatre or living-room screen for nearly forty years and in the acclaimed new colour restoration as well. Over the last few years, the films of Powell and Pressburger have received critical and public ... Read more
This charming film follows Emil - circus director and ringmaster - and his little circus from one village to the next, through the Austrian winter landscape. The film reveals the endless routine of circus life and the personal lives of the circus director and his family. We meet his jovial partner ... Read more
The ground-breaking, irresistible 1949 MGM musical On The Town brings song, and most especially dance, out from the ballroom and into the streets, fulfilling the creative vision of the film's brilliant star/choreographer/co-director, Gene Kelly, who states "The fact that make-believe sailors got ... Read more
Expanding from an idea originally conceived as a manner of cinematic intervention in British television, the discipline of the one-minute film continues to bear fruit as a tree of quick wit. But even in its successful brevity, it is not just a mode for getting to a point. Like this one: a dry run ... Read more
Alex and Vicki are wild girls, torching hedges, smoking dope and just hanging out, both in and out of school. Allegiance is owed to no one but each other and to a plan of escaping, going to Sydney and finding Alex's mother. But the ground on which you base all your hopes can shift as quickly as ... Read more
A short silent museum piece. Two actors are seen from the eye of the projector, miming out an ironic series of sentimental impressions. A conceptual animation film. ... Read more
A mockumentary of miniscule proportions, drink, party, drink, drink. This piss-take of the habits of Blue Mountain hoseheads is as funny and accurate as it is cruel. ... Read more
Put away all your sentimental, politically correct assumptions about "inspirational" films and prepare to be strapped in for a ride through the surreal soap-umentary that is the life of thirty-four-year-old blind Californian cowgirl, Diane Starin. Candid, uncompromising and unexpected, this piece ... Read more
At the time of the revolution, Paris was still Medieval. Centuries later it was a 'model city', the yardstick by which other European cities were judged. On the occasion of the death of Baron Haussman, Francis Loyer, an art historian turned himself detective and combed the city for details that ... Read more
This simple story about a Nigerian immigrant who's lost his passport cleverly explores issues of racism and alienation in a foreign country. A new film from the director of Trouble (MIFF 93). ... Read more
Searching through the holographic starcharts, Plasmo discovers a destructive force at work in the library of Monjotroldeclipdoc! Armed with nothing but his goodness, niceness and friendliness, he finds himself engaged in a race against time to find the source of the destruction and save centuries ... Read more
A journey from Melbourne to Darwin is rendered as discontinuous windows which multiply and glimpse snatches of landscape and road stops - all set to a backwardly processed chaotic soundtrack of feedback and musical tunes. ... Read more
The subject of Anna Grieve and James Manché's lively, stimulating documentary is not simply a building and the theatre company (The Australian Performing Group) which it housed. What emerges here is an evocative analysis of a seminal episode in our nation's cultural history, namely, the radically ... Read more
A trilogy of films made for insertion between advertisements and programs on Swedish, Finnish and Russian commercial TV channels. Part short drama, part mini-commercial, these films reach way beyond both categories to become pieces of intense poetic and imaginative force. Each individual film ... Read more
A finely constructed collage film from one the founders of contemporary Austrian experimental filmmaking. Balletic movement, the underground entrance to a Viennese pissoir intercut with matted stills from a porn magazine. The rhythmic zoom of the camera, the fad of abstracted images shot through a ... Read more
This kaleidoscope of animation techniques combining drawings, 2-D puppets, rotoscoping, object animation, cel animation and clay painting is an innovative animation-documentary that explores the realities of prison life. ... Both Priestley and Gratz are consummate animation artists and this follow ... Read more
Penny Gosonki and her wonder nose go to town. Proboscis is a comically endearing film of imaginative proportions. A somewhat bizarre story of death, family heirlooms and being different in a beautifully entertaining narrative. Sure to expand students' ideas on what makes a story. ... Read more
Bryan Singer's debut feature (a controversial Co-winner Grand Jury Prize 1993 Sundance Film Festival) is an edgy tale of the seething morass lurking beneath seamless surfaces, whether they be of small-town American values, the myopic media, or handsome flesh. ... Mysterious stranger, Whiley ... Read more
Is Rap the Devil's music, mindless and often unintelligible, or a dangerous battle cry for increasingly tribalised and disaffected Black American youth? In the case of the early 80s release of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's The Message, it is none of these; it's a warning. It warns of ... Read more
This witty barrage of sexual diversity and media mayhem juxtaposes gay self-perception with the view from outside. The control exercised by the media over all aspects of contemporary society is cleverly iampooned via a computer-generated terrain of news flashes, commercials and scrambled ... Read more
Meet Rex, a potential kiddy TV hero (and a very naughty pup). ... Read more
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