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Films Screened In 1999

The Soft One and the Hard One (Belinda Timmins, 1998)
Set in a strange barren landscape a cute white, fluffy star-shaped creature, the 'soft one", lives in a nest in a cave and spends it's days searching for companionship. One day the soft one discovers… Read more

THE SOURCE (Chuck Workman, 1998)
Chuck Workman's exemplary enquiry into the Beats takes a longer view than the typical canonisation of goatees, jazz and reefer that bogs down too many similar projects. The director places his work i… Read more

THE STAIN (Frank E Powell, 1914)
Believed lost for over 80 years, Theda Bara's debut, The Stain, has been lovingly and painstakingly restored by Australian writer, director, editor and film historian, Barrie Pattison. The Stain will… Read more

THE TREE OF LIFE (Farhad Mehranfar, 1998)
Following Farhad Mehranfar's Paper Airplanes (also screening as part of Journey to Iran), the filmmaker returned to the region of his birth for a cinematic study of a timeless community of people. Hi… Read more

THE WALL (Alain Berliner, 1998)
In Belgium, the North and South have traditionally been in conflict. Albert, a Belgian in his mid 30s runs a hot chips stand that straddles the border between the two communities. When he hands his c… Read more

THE WAR ZONE (Tim Roth, 1998)
Tim Roth's powerhouse drama about a working-class family torn apart by incest and parental abuse was one of the highlights of this year's Sundance Film Festival. Informed by the gritty urban tragedie… Read more

THE WOUNDS (Srdjan Dragojevic, 1997)
After completing his previous film, Pretty Village, Pretty Flame, director Srdjan Dragojevic vowed never to under­take another project dealing with the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Thankful… Read more

THUG LIFE IN D.C. (Mark Levin, 1998)
On the streets of Washington there is a war going on. Teenage thugs armed with automatic weapons run many of the inner city blocks. Fully half of the black men aged between 18 and 35 are stuck somewh… Read more

THX 1138 (George Lucas, 1971)
In a drab, futuristic underground world, a cowered and dehumanised populace is governed by a central computer; a robotic police force controls all aspects of daily life in true totalitarian fashion, … Read more

Transfigured (Stephen Arthur, 1998)
Paintings by Jack Shadbolt inspired by nature and American West Coast aboriginal art are animated, using computer technology, into a seamless, morphing flow of images. This homage to Shadbolt's work … Read more

TRICK (Jim Fall, 1999)
Gabriel, a composer struggling to make a living in New York, is picked up on the subway one night by Mark, a hunky go-go dancer Adonis from the local cruise joint. The trouble is, the two of them can… Read more

TWIN FALLS IDAHO (Michael Polish, 1999)
A methodically crafted yet magically realised feature debut which, although officially credited to Michael Polish, is enough of a joint effort to be billed as a Polish brothers film. Michael's identi… Read more

TWO-LANE BACKTOP (Monte Hellman, 1971)
Four lost souls in two archetypal automobiles take to the back roads and endless highways of redneck country. James Taylor (The Driver) and Dennis Wilson (The Mechanic) play a pair of speed motorhead… Read more

Untitled Folder (Bénédicte Ronfard, 1998)
While playing in a sand pit, a little boy unearths a shiny, black machine gun. He begins to explore the workings of the gun with a natural, fearless curiosity and know-how. A brief juggernaut of even… Read more

URBAN GHOST STORY (Genevieve Jolliffe, 1998)
Horror film buffs will delight at Genevieve Jolliffe's debut. Chilling moments from classics including The Exorcist, Carrie, The Evil Dead, Poltergeist and as far back as Robert Wise's The Haunting (… Read more

VICTOR (Sandrine Veysset, 1998)
Ten year old Victor chooses a freezing winter evening to run away from home. Exhausted, afraid, his flight takes him to a fairground, the only bright and welcoming sight in the darkness. Moments befo… Read more

VOYAGE TO CYTHERA (Frank Scheffer, 1999)
Director Frank Scheffer was the recipient ot the 1997 Dutch Film Critics Award for his entire body of work, a back catalogue numbering over 25 films made during the past 17 years. Scheffer has a part… Read more

WEST BEYROUTH (Ziad Doueiri, 1998)
Ziad Doueiri's assured debut is a lively coming of age tale, a technically polished, frequently funny and emo­tionally affecling work which was also a Toronto Film Festival award winner. April 13… Read more

WHITEYS LIKE US (Rachael Landers, 1998)
What goes on in a high school classroom at Manly Community College for two hours on Wednesday nights represents a fascinating microcosm of how white Australians are dealing (or not dealing) with the … Read more

WINDHORSE (Paul Wagner, 1998)
Filmmakers often construct dangerous scenes or situa­tions within their project but rarely do they undertake an entire shoot that places them in personal jeopardy. Director Paul Wagner along with… Read more

Winging It (Max Bannah, 1998)
Featuring a combination of animation techniques, this film tells the story of a young man who sends letters home to his family while backpacking around the world. When travelling through Jordan he en… Read more

WONDERLAND (John O'Hagan, 1997)
Welcome to suburbia ground zero. In 1947, in response to the United Stales' worst housing shortage, architect William Levitt designed the world's first planned community—cheap, mass produced ho… Read more

X2000 (François Ozon, 1998)
Somewhere in a block of apartments a couple wakes up in the morning of January 1st, 2000. As they enter upon a new day at a leisurely pace they find themselves under an unexpected attack. Simple in n… Read more

In a pre-credit sequence, a hunky young stud, Gary (Jason Patric), sweating from exercise hisses dramati­cally, "I think you're a great lay." As it transpires, he is dictating the line into a tap… Read more

Zipper (Antoinette Starkiewicz, 1998)
The latest offering from one of Australia's finest animators takes us on a breathless journey through 20th century images in art and fashion. Using an innovative combination of live action, animation… Read more

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