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Films Screened In 1998

SCANDAL SHEET (Phil Karlson, 1952)
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 mas… Read more

SECRET DEFENSE (Jacques Rivette, 1997)
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… Read more

SEE THE SEA (François Ozon, 1997)
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… Read more

Sex and Violence (Bill Plympton, 1997)
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, … Read more

SEX/LIFE IN L.A. (Jochen Hick, 1998)
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 gaz… Read more

SHAFT (Gordon Parks Jr., 1971)
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-sub… Read more

SLAM (Marc Levin, 1997)
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… Read more

Stage Fright (Steve Box, 1997)
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 m… Read more

STOLEN MOMENTS (Margaret Wescott, 1997)
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… Read more

Stray Dog (Farzin Farzaneh, )
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

SUGAR HILL (Paul Maslansky, 1974)
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 Hi… Read more

SUNDAY (Jonathan Nossiter, 1997)
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 st… Read more

Sunday Hungry (Lawson Bayly, 1997)
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. K… Read more

SUPERFLY (Gordon Parks Jr., 1972)
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 elec… Read more

Surviving Sabu (Ian Iqbal Rashid, 1997)
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 … Read more

T.R.A.N.S.I.T (Piet Kroon, 1997)
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 … Read more

Tangerine Dream (Kerri Light, 1997)
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 bravad… Read more

TANO DA MORIRE (Roberta Torre, 1997)
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 reali… Read more

TASTE OF CHERRY (Abbas Kiarostami, 1996)
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. On… Read more

Tea (Barney Cokeliss, 1997)
A witty and erotic short film about two great British traditions: tea-drinking and masturbation. ... Read more

THE ALARMIST (Evan Dunsky, 1997)
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… Read more

The Bell Boy (Renaud Alcalde, 1997)
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 propelli… Read more

THE BEST MAN (Pupi Avati, 1998)
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 anxio… Read more

THE BIG ONE (Michael Moore, 1997)
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 hi… Read more

THE BLACK GESTAPO (Lee Frost, 1975)
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 an… Read more

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