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Films Screened In 1996

... ... In Like Grains of Sand director Ryosuke Hashiguchi orchestrates the intensity of passionate, thwarted first love into a remarkably moving film. When Kasane is transferred to a new school, she does not take long to figure out that Shuji. the most interesting boy in her class, is gay and ... Read more
... ... Or. sex. power and videotape—this smart and funny, pseudo home-movie set in a world of groovy Amsterdam twenty-somethings plays fast and loose with the popular notion that the Camera is an instrument of control. Daant|e Flats alone in Amsterdam. Bold, beautiful and having a good time ... Read more
The latest in the endless stream of quality short comic films from France Lonelytude stars Jean-Claude Dreyfus, as M Badot the deceiving neighbour of M Roux who lives next door in an apartment building. Each tries to convince the other that they have many loving friends and family with increasingly ... Read more
... ... A master class in Shakespeare, Al Pacino's Looking For Richard is simultaneously a telling of the classic drama. Richard III. and an exploration of the artistic and practical battles to understand the play Al Pacino is the exuberant centre of a film that ingeniously interweaves commentary ... Read more
Made on a wing, a prayer and a ton of energy. Love and Other Catastrophes marks the filmic debut of a fresh and exciting new team. A hip original comedy set firmly within 90s Melbourne, Love...is a radical departure from the visual Australian feature film in both form and content, inspired by the ... Read more
... ... The day that Ken Sherry, former king of Brisbane drive-time radio, comes to town is a biggie in the annals of the sleepy Riverina burg of Sunray-at least for sisters Vicki-Ann and Dimity Hurley. While a 40-something, twice divorced, satin-bomber-jacketed loser in a battered eighties coupe ... Read more
A remarkable first short film by second year AFTRS student Ruth Carr, Lovely is a simple poignant and compassionate pass on the fragility and brevity of human life the underbelly of the beauty industry, the ravages of time and what people will do in the name of love. Lovely is also a fine example ... Read more
Lovely Day is a masterpiece of painterly animation art. Painstakingly rendered in the style of Hieronymus Bosch, the central character and accompanying putto-like figures evoke memories of a time when the pianola was the prince of the parlour and "partying" involved an old fashioned knees up and ... Read more
One hundred years after the Lumiere brothers turned their invention on the world, the gauntlet has been thrown down: to use only their restored yet rudimentary hand-cranked camera, hand-made film stock and to shoot under the same conditions—strictly natural light, no synch sound, 52 seconds ... Read more
... ... The fundamental and universal human experience of mourning and regeneration is rendered with quietly gathered power in this wonderful film about a young woman who believes that she brings death to those she loves Kore-eda's first him is in a contemplative, classically Japanese style that ... Read more
A dark comedy with Bill Mousoulis as a whining effete filmmaker who is trying to reconcile his feelings of envy for his more successful peers. Suffering funding knock backs and personal reaction he grasps the nettle with insights like "oh well". ... Bitter that his great artistic vision "I am ... Read more
... ... The long-awaited follow up to acclaimed amm? landmark Afcim (19881, Memories Is a fantastic new feature-length Japanese animation omnibus initiated By manga artist and author Katsuhiro Otomo. Written and produced by Otomo, Memories is divided into three episodes —each discreet section ... Read more
... ... 70-year-old Amalia fails to arrive for a visit to her daughter Delia's home Missing for 48 hours, she is finally discovered drowned on a beach in Naples wearing only an exotic red bra. Delia travels to Naples for her mother's funeral and witnesses a number of unsettling events that indicate ... Read more
An image of a gently contoured alley way in a typical European streetscape is presented in numerous ways. Photographed at night during the day across the seasons and occasionally using time lapse the image is reworked and added to Colour, black and white and coloured filters are used. ... During a ... Read more
... ... An extraordinarily visually inventive tale of ghosts and greed, Mr George follows the 'efforts of a trio of middle-aged parasites to rid themselves of the little-girl heiress left in their charge. The hour-long format allows Lupino to explore the nature of the relatives' self-delusional ... Read more
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... ... Carol Williams is a dancer; Guy Richards, her partner/choreographer. The opening se­quences spotlight a series of professional and private celebrations by the about-to-be-married couple as they successfully perform their big dance number—a sexy love/fencing duel. Suddenly, a ... Read more
Driving on the backroads of Victoria through the night Shane Francis is haunted by his memories. Based on Richard Frankiand s experiences as a Field Officer and Investigator during the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody— "This film deliberately has no end because the story has ... Read more
In and of itself, No. 5 Checked Out constitutes a compelling case for the viability of the short form in film. Brilliantly acted, superbly crafted, it comes damn close to perfection-a state Lupino's films, deliberately sloshing through the messy physical and sociological ambiguities, rarely strove ... Read more
... ... Gillian Armstrong (My Brilliant Career, Last Days of Chez Nous, Little Women) returns to the documentary world of Smokes & Lollies. Fourteen's Good, Eighteen's Better and Bingo. Braces & Bridesmaids with not so much a fourth addition to, as an all encompassing overview of the lives of the ... Read more
... ... Even though she chose not to take director's credit (she stepped in after Elmer Clifton had a heart attack three days into production). Not Wanted bears the unmistakable stamp of a Lupino film from beginning to end. Its heroine Sally (Sally Forrest, in the first of three Lupino-helmed star ... Read more
Jo Law presents her Chinese cultural identity with a particularly Australian edge Old Earth refers to the philosophical system that her grandfather created in isolation while living in England It was a way of thinking grounded in the past which also tried to come to terms with a new ephemeral ... Read more
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