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Films Screened In 1995

BLACK IS...BLACK AIN'T (Marlon T Riggs, 1995)
... ... Award-winning director of Tongues Untied (MIFF 92) and Colour Adjustment (MIFF 93) Marlon Riggs' final work is an eloquent and passionate exploration of the complex shifting nature of African… Read more

Blinder (Eve Morrison, 1994)
Little boys that play with gun powder should be more careful. Blinder looks at the friends and humour to be found when you grow up and have a dead eye removed. ... Read more

BLOOD ON THE MOON (Robert Wise, 1948)
... ... Robert Wise was winding up his working rela­tionship with Howard Hughes' RKO studio by 1948 when he directed B!ood On The Moon, a film he considered his "first big feature." He took Luke … Read more

Bookends (Betsy Thompson, 1994)
Lizzie Reed is seventy four years old and has devoted her later life to bringing love and hope into the lives of babies born into the hopeless life of Crack. The style of the film reflects wonderfull… Read more

BORN TO KILL (Robert Wise, 1947)
... ... Intensely cold, blood-curdling and emotionally spare, Born To Kill is knockout noir. A grim and at times complicated picture, it features a youth­ful Lawrence Tierney as a near-robotic pa… Read more

Brave (Alfredo Peyretti, 1994)
A gritty tale of misguided revenge set in the underbelly of Sydney where, in the world of the homeless identity is hard to come by and harder to keep and trivial possessions become things worth fight… Read more

Broken Down Film (Osamu Tezuka, 1985)
A string of gags based on 20s-style animation and the self-reflexiveness of Windsor McCay's surreal comic strips from the same period. While the gags are familiar, the extent to which Tezuka pushes t… Read more

Bunny (Jackie Schulz, 1994)
Four friends go spotlighting: you're 16, a bloke and live in the country what do you do? From dead and not so dead rabbits to the classroom an empowering look at young male identity that never lapses… Read more

BURNT BY THE SUN (Nikita Mikhalkov, 1994)
... ... Ddicated to "all those who were burnt by the betraying sun of the revolution", this master­ful display of bravura filmmaking by director Niki­ta Mikhaikov (Close to Eden, Slave of Lov… Read more

BUTTERFLY KISS (Michael Winterbottom, 1994)
"... all the time you were trying to make me good all you had to do was turn bad yourself ..." ... Part love story, part roadkill, this driving butch/fern buddy pic is as bizarre as they come-a very … Read more

CARMEN MIRANDA: BANANAS IS MY BUSINESS (Helena Solberg, 1995)
... ... Of all the Hollywood glamour girls to be res­urrected, the reappraisal of Carmen Miran­da has been a long time coming. Helena Solberg, known for her streetwise documen­taries abou… Read more

CINEMA OF UNEASE - NEW ZEALAND CINEMA (Sam Neill, Judy Rymer, 1995)
... ... Framed as a road movie chronicling a return trip to New Zealand, this film starts from the fact that Sam Neill, (the only director in the series for the century of cinema whose career is actu… Read more

CLEAN, SHAVEN (Lodge Kerrigan, 1994)
... ... Rarely has a portrait of insanity been as suc­cessfully and disturbingly realised as in this remarkable feature debut by Lodge Kerrigan. The lead character's search for his missing daught… Read more

Close To You (Maciek Albrecht, 1994)
The jazz-singer and Mr Art-ln-Public-Piaces have spotted each other in the bustle of down town Bigcity. It was love at first sight. The only question is—will they find each other before the fil… Read more

Cocoon (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 1995)
Beautifully shot in black and white, a gentle impressionistic film about the relentless cycle of life beginnings and endings outside and in timeless beauty and the ultimate solitude of the soul. A bi… Read more

Cojones (Brauneis Peter, 1994)
A strange and curious world: artificial scenes, a monster claw, a dancing razor, spilled liquid. Direct from a heaven of tangled filmic ideas. What does it mean? What is being represented? ... Read more

COLD WATER (Olivier Assayas, 1994)
... ... Cahiers du Cinema critic, screenwriter for Andre Techine and others, as well as an award-win­ning filmmaker, Olivier Assayas could be consid­ered part of a 'family' of French auteurs.… Read more

COMING TO TERMS (Pascale Ferran, 1994)
... ... Winner of the Camera d'Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, Pascale Ferran's haunting debut feature is a compelling triptych of interconnected stories; an intriguing puzzle where the invasive… Read more

Concrete Garden (Alrick Riley, 1994)
"Displacement is as tangible as cold rain in Con­crete Garden. A young Caribbean girl arrives in six­ties Britain to find herself in a landscape of dark brick streets, school yard racism and … Read more

Countdown (Gael Morel, 1994)
A taut little tale about a son who witnesses tragedy and returns home laden with foreknowl­edge of anguish and loss to endure the hours that pass until his father is informed of the truth. Told e… Read more

Crash 2030 - The Anatomy of a Catastrophe (Joachim Faustich, 1994)
It is not Germany in 1945, but the year 2030. Dead forests stretch from the Alps to the North Sea, devastating floods inundate the coastal towns. In the summer months the Rhine is a parched river bed… Read more

Crazy? (Bob Lawrie, 1994)
A sassy poke in the eye of political correctness? A sophisticated pun-laden piss-take on Freudian imagery and the masculmisation of the viewer in he cinema'? A sex therapists nightmare? A designers d… Read more

CRUMB (Terry Zwigoff, 1994)
... ... Offensively pornographic, objectionably misogynist, or "the Breughel of the twenti­eth century"?, David Lynch presents a tour de force of film portraiture, an alternately hilarious and di… Read more

DEADLY MARIA (Tom Tykwer, 1993)
Director Tom Tykwer's debut feature is a fresh shot in the arm for recent indepen­dent German filmmaking. A macabre mix of the hyperreal laced with a dose of black humour, Deadly Maria is a psych… Read more

Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (Jan Svankmajer, 1992)
A condensed imaginative survey of Czechoslova­kia's 42 years under communist rule-as seen through the eyes and mind of surrealist Jan Svankmajer. ... Read more

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