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Films Screened In 1998

Hard-nosed editor Crawford takes over an ailing newspaper and uses a double murder to boost his tabloid's circulation. He then discovers that his hero worshipping cub reporter-protege (Derek) has mastered the art of sensationalism all too well. When he accidentally kills his wife, his reporters ... Read more
Secret Defence is a powerful and original French crime thriller about a brother and sister caught up in layers of mystery which emerges from the supposedly accidental death of their father five years earlier. Soon after Paul decides to seek out his father's killer but ends up injured in hospital ... Read more
See the Sea, the most ambitious film in a recent trilogy of shorts and featurettes by prolific French director François Ozon, portrays the clash between the worlds of two women. Alone with her baby on the Ile d'Yeu, Sasha, a young British mother, agrees to let dour backpacker Tatiana pitch a ... Read more
A compendium of short animated gags that push the boundaries of good taste and humour from one of America's most controversial animators. Plympton shows us the trouble confused priorities can cause, as well as offering up a series of satirical vignettes which cover every thing from the southern ... Read more
You have been warned: only an actual porn flick would come close to the highly provocative and explicit nature of Sex/Life in LA. This unflinching German documentary turns a lustful and inquiring gaze upon the 'other' Hollywood, Los Angeles equally infamous porn industry, concentrating, in this ... Read more
Times Square. The Sony logo. Marquees: He and She, The Animal, School for Sex, The Wild Females. 1971. Welcome to New York City in 35mm winter. Turf of John Shaft - or that smooth-skinned Essence-subscribing ex-model, Richard Rowntree. Nice guy, quick gun, loud wah-wah. All the jokes are about ... Read more
Slam is a powerful, sensitive portrait of Raymond Joshua a talented black poet from the Washington DC projects. When he is arrested on petty drug charges, Joshua is thrown into the black hole that is the DC county jail. There he meets the two people who can redirect his life: a prison gang leader ... Read more
A former dog juggling star of the music hall, made obsolete by the coming of cinema, has to face up to change, conquer his inner demons and move on. In his way stands Arnold Hew, the talentless and manipulative star of the silver screen who has stolen his act and destroyed his confidence. Another ... Read more
Stolen Moments is perhaps the most significant and encompassing cinematic document of lesbian oppression and identity today. The film's relevance moves beyond the lesbian community to embrace broader questions affecting gays, transgender persons and all people affected by queer issues. ... Read more
Based on a short story by the renowned Iranian writer, Saquet Hedayat, we observe the life of a dog from its happy days as a puppy to its lonely death in the streets of an Iranian village. ... Read more
Smooth, sexy, sweet. Afrodesiac style oozes in every frame. Costume and production design are flagrantly fetishised. Shots usually start with a close-up on clothes, shoes, hats. Marki Bey is Sugar Hill, a fashion photographer. Love those sessions she does. Her main man Langston is offed by Mafia ... Read more
Jonathan Nossiter's Sunday - part-psychological suspense, part-wry comedy - created a major stir when it scooped both the Grand Prize and Best Screenplay at last year's Sundance Film Festival. The story revolves around a homeless man, a beautiful woman, a case of mistaken identity and one steamy ... Read more
The relationship between a taxi driver and his soon-to-be-a-doctor son sours as the latter increasingly seeks independence from a father whose pride in his ungrateful child is slowly becoming envy. Kim Gyngell's performance as Eddie, the washed out cabbie, is remarkably touching performance. Sunday ... Read more
Gordon Parks Jr removes the smoothness from Shaft and reshapes it into diamond strength hardness in Superfly. Shot with pimp-funding, a largely black crew and with the illegal use of street pole electricity, Superfly is the success story of renegade Blaxploitation filmmaking. The definitive ... Read more
With a cinema verite style, Surviving Sabu cleverly weaves a story of generational conflict between a Muslim father and his gay son. We are also introduced to archival footage of the child star Sabu appearing in his Hollywood films which serves as a reference point for the troubled relationship ... Read more
A sumptuous animated murder mystery set in Europe in the 1920s. The narrative forms a loop running backwards through seven stories, before returning to the linking device: a trunk with stickers from the various ports of call. ... Read more
At 20 you think you're going to conquer the world in a (nano) second. You're somewhere else entirely. Kern Light's Tangerine Dream is a witty, but also poetic, exploration of this 20-something bravado which leads one to contemplate ending it all in a laundromat just to pass the time until the spin ... Read more
Tano da Morire is insane! It's hilarious, it's black and it's thoroughly lush. How else to describe a self-confessed 'Mafia Gangsta Rap Musical'? Somewhere between the satire of Mel Brooks, the realism of Fellini and the campness of Almodovar, Tano was born. Tano the musical that is, not the man ... Read more
Filmed with the piercing intensity of a parable, Iranian helmer Abbas Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry follows a desperate man on the verge of suicide who seeks someone willing to bury him discreetly. One of the director's darkest and most personal movies, the story has a bleak premise which is turned ... Read more
A witty and erotic short film about two great British traditions: tea-drinking and masturbation. ... Read more
Twenty-five year-old Tommy Hudler (David Arquette) is the quintessential boy next door: salesman of residential burglar alarm systems with a smile that conveys nothing but honesty. His boss, Heinrich Grigorpis (Stanley Tucci) is forever formulating schemes for underhanded sales strategies. Tommy ... Read more
An alarm clock rings, awakening our hero, the bell boy. Then, mad panic as the bell boy tries to make it to work on time. A small gem, with superb cinematography, production design and music propelling the story towards it's conclusion - a pay off as satisfying as it is simple. ... Read more
It is the last day of 1899. A new century lies on the horizon. and Francesca Babini (Inès Sastre) is set to marry a man she does not love. Forced into the position by her family, she is openly anxious and uncertain. During the ceremony she is introduced to Angelo Beliossi (Diego Abatantuono). who ... Read more
Just when you thought if was safe to be a miserly, exploitative, conniving Montgomery Burns-style CEO... Michael Moore is back! A giant by reputation as well as physical presence, Moore first made his indelible mark on cinema with the hilarious but incisive Roger and Me, an attack on the mass ... Read more
The black community with the aid of white money forms the People's Army. In some white eyes, that could only spell - The Black Gestapo. Whitey wears plaid leisure suits and white loafers. Brothers and sisters are more into uniforms and arm-bands. The ideals of Malcom X and Farrakan go astray in ... Read more
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