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Films Screened In 1998

Raking the ashes of the great dictators of the 20th century, San Francisco filmmaker and former psychotherapist Rosenblatt uncovers the brutal banality of their private fads and foibles, in simulated first-person narration over manipulated actuality footage. Like his The Smell of Burning Ants ... Read more
Gratuitous use of disco mirror balls, fake furs, big butts and the word 'muthafucker'. Welcome to the rhinestone world of Rudy Ray Moore. Entrepreneurial brother from Planet Black. Incomprehensible, potent, hedonistic, crazed, downright rude. But he runs the show. A live comedian whose dirty ... Read more
An afternoon of... friendship... theft... love... jealousy... hate... anger... and friendship. ... Read more
It's Akira with humour, Roadrunner wilh humans, an animated Pulp Fiction! Bill Plympton's animated masterpiece - built for adults who don't care about political correctness - is an insanely funny romp into a bizarre world governed by the cartoonist's surreal mind. Newlyweds Grant and Kerry find ... Read more
Girl gets boy, in just seven minutes... a how-to primer for the modern woman! A neat and fast-moving study in obsessive desire, featuring a winning performance from Lisbeth Kennelly, who also wrote the film. ... Read more
A documentary tribute to the aeroplanes, rituals, eccentricities and daring involved in modern-day aerobatics. Directed by second-time film maker Alexander Abela, the almost surreal nature of this strange, airborne world is skilfully evoked through quiet interviews with the pilots, beautiful ... Read more
Meet Dennis Woodruff, Hollywood street personality and self confessed Brando Idle. Via Hollywood landmarks, including 'The Woodruff Mobile', we follow this definitive wannabe as he tries to convince us that his big break is only a matter of time. Idling Brando is a sympathetic day in the life ... Read more
Personal home-movie footage of a family house is subjected to a rich variety of hand manipulations and chemical processes - toning, tinting, ripping, perforating, bleaching, scratching, collaging, deterioration and emulsion-lifting as well as manipulations in the printing and developing process ... Read more
In That Land is a rare journey into a world which in many respects has not changed in a hundred years. Its territory is a small village in the north of Russia, a region which for better or worse has been largely overlooked by the probing eyes of the modern world. The film centres around three main ... Read more
James Bogle's Mad Bomber in Love was voted Best of the Fest at MIFF in 1993. The following year the film was invited to screen at the Santa Monica Film Festival, and Bogle was quickly heralded as the new director of promise in Australia. In the Winter Dark is a captivating rural thriller, based on ... Read more
Jeff, a troubled loner, is haunted by memories of a brief affair with a woman above his standing and its terrible consequences. Shot with brilliantly cold precision in the Cornish Clay pits, and buoyed by a silent yet incredibly expressive performance from James Peck, In Too Deep is elevated above ... Read more
Highly respected in his homeland - alongside peers like Theo Angelopoulos - Pantelis Voulgaris' It's a Long Road is an understated but immensely rewarding film. Divided into three distinct chapters, the film is linked by the fact that the three principal characters are all reaching a turning point ... Read more
Following the critical triumph ot Alexander Nevsky in 1939, Eisentstein's next film project was the monumental Ivan the Terrible, conceived as a three-part epic about the life and times of Ivan IV, the Czar who originally unified Russia in the 16th Century. ... Eisenstein spent two years ... Read more
A brilliant yet nervous man, Max Cohen (Sean Gullette) is on the verge of the most important discovery of his life - a 216-digit number which would solve the mysteries of life. As Max verges on a solution, chaos swallows the world around him and he is plagued by crippling headaches and ... Read more
Visually stunning and simply told, Jabiluka is the chilling story of how the Mirrar people were pressured into allowing uranium mining at Jabiluka in Kakadu National Park. Telling first-hand accounts and archival footage of the 'negotiation' process present a damning picture of government ... Read more
"As soon as the office cleaners break into song, there's not a shadow of a doubt where Jeanne and the Perfect Guy is coming from. Shades of Jacques Demy's colourful tuners hang lightly on the shoulders of this modern fairytale musical about love and AIDS." - Variety ... Darkly charming, Jeanne and ... Read more
Wade Hampton (Drew Pillsbury) has worked as a welder for 15 years, eight hours a day. Amidst the mind-numbing spell of the machinery, he allows quiet introspection to call forth dreams of deeper ambitions. One day he reaches a state of critical mass and he walks away from his job, family, friends ... Read more
A terse, idiosyncratic study of love, mistrust and suburbia. Odlin is doing odd jobs for Ricky and Francine, but when Francine gives Odlin the keys to the house, Ricky takes a stand. An elegantly constructed tale about three very different people. ... Read more
Jungle Taitei is based on Tezuka Osamu's original manga (which commenced in 1950), which describes the lives and adventures of the African jungle emperor, Panja, and his mate Eliza. The series' main character, Leo, was born in captivity but escaped, returning to the jungle. In this new feature film ... Read more
Misunderstood, misrepresented, often just missed the mark... nerds come back with their own voice, their own thick-rimmed glasses and their own geeky foibles in a documentary which pulls not a single punch. For too long they've been fictionalised in the movies, no longer the brunt of someone else's ... Read more
A night-time encounter with Cloris Leachman, clad only in a raincoat, leads Mike Hammer on a legality-be-damned search for a mysterious suitcase containing 'the Great What's-lt' in this stunning, rule-breaking adaptation of the Mickey Spillane pulp. ... Ralph Meeker makes an indelible mark as Mike ... Read more
A passerby enticed by the idea of feasting on a little pig enters the restaurant La Maisoo des Cochons. The staff are friendly - if a little odd - and keen to bring him the platter of pig his heart desires. But it is soon revealed that there is something amiss. A cautionary tale about wanting to ... Read more
A classic tale of temptation revealed in the unique form of a comic opera. Stunning 3-D animation and riotous humour. ... Read more
When the Angel of Death taps drunkard Barney Flanagan on the shoulder, he finds himself banging on the pearly gates with little chance of getting in. A comic and cautionary tale with a wicked blend of Gothic, Dantesque horror and glib, Celtic wit. ... Read more
Land Girls is a beautiful, lush period drama which places Britain's women centre-stage. As part of a British war effort during WWII, three adventuresome young women take to the fields to farm while their male counterparts are off fighting for their country. Prue (Anna Friel) is lively and ... Read more
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