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Films Screened In 1999

There are sinister forces operating beneath the stiff formality of a mathematics conference. Within the daily routine small incidents seem to take on a heightened significance. The film and the characters become complicit in a haunting puzzle with no simple solution. ... Read more
Steve Phare, a lifelong logger from British Columbia, is a man of contradictions. Although he cuts down trees he also has a reverence for the woods. He looks down on the local native population and their claims to the ground he is about to log and yet is part Indian himself, a fact he is deeply ... Read more
Vicki is an impetuous art student who falls in love with, and marries, Greg, a shy medical student. Soon, married life equates with being stuck at home with two toddlers. not quite what Vicki anticipated. To relieve the boredom, she takes a part-time job teaching art classes, but this rapidly ... Read more
Middle-aged bachelor Joseph Ambrose Hilditch (Bob Hoskins) lives in a dark, cluttered house in Birmingham. He is the kind of man that neighbours would describe as a kindly soul who kept himself to himself. Methodical in his job as a catering supervisor, Hilditch disguises his dark soul. When ... Read more
Fidel tells the story of a 14 year old mutt and his buddy Alberto, a Cuban widower. A stunningly photographed NY tale about the painful acceptance of loss. ... Read more
Gustav Deutsch's magnificent Film Ist recycles every­thing from footage purchased in a flea-market (old Mexican soap-opera colour tests used by a cleaning lady to scrub floors) through to 35mm stock used to run an early German computer. An ongoing project, Film Ist is structured in a series of ... Read more
A poetic meditation on space and distance. Reflections, overhead cables and other peaceful mantra come to our attention via a simple alteration of focus, bringing into our perspective the potential of every image we capture. Shot at the disused filter beds in Hackney, East London. ... Read more
Jude (Jude Law) is dead. Eleven of his closest friends gather at the wake to reminisce, grieve and comfort his distraught widow, Sadie (Sadie Frost). Sadie has a secret to reveal: prior to his death, Jude had been working on a video. Forced to sit back and watch, bemusement quickly gives way to ... Read more
Taylor is a 12 year-old tomboy growing up in the 80s, the latch-key kid of a hard-working single mom and a self-obsessed and absent father. Emotionally and phys­ically caught between childhood and adolescence, time protracts and condenses as her world shifts between playground reality ... Read more
After a masterful series of films about the history of Taiwan, Hou Hsiao-hsien turns his gaze to a fascinating saga from Chinese history. Qing Dynasty 'Flower Houses', a polite euphemism for elegant brothels, were a meeting place for the male elite in the British conces­sion. The strict social ... Read more
Flux interweaves multiple layers of sound and images to produce an evocative reflection on relationships, love and grief. With a background in fine arts, Michaela French has written and directed a number of short films using computer animation and traditional filmmaking techniques. ... Read more
Bob, an unassuming, unemployed writer, has an obsession: he enjoys shadowing people, hence the film's title. When one of his sorties finds him trailing a highly skilled burglar, Cobb, Bill is sprung and then taken under the wing of a strange individual, part mentor, part confessor, part evil twin ... Read more
Hock has a dead-end supermarket job but a single prospect on the horizon: if he can swallow his pride and summon the skill to enter the local disco dancing com­petition, he might just win the girl of his dreams along with $5000 to buy the motorbike of his dreams. Think Strictly Balloom with an ... Read more
Kyle Cooper's title sequences are often such a dramatic entree to a film, they prompted one critic to say: "Forget the Film, Watch the Titles." The sequences often form a metaphor for the theme of the film: they encapsulate the story, provide a taster or present significant symbols. ... When ... Read more
Walter's 'Frankfurt Junction' is a greasy-spoon takeaway food stand with microwave cuisine and an alcohol license. For Walter and his 'guests', December 31st, 1999 is a day like any other: too caught up in their own nowhere lives, they no longer believe in easy solutions and scoff at the very idea ... Read more
Get Real offers up a complicated protagonist in Steven Carter, a 16 year old living in suburban Basingstoke. He has no qualms about picking up older men but hasn't summoned the courage to inform his parents of his sexual orientation. Apart from some unpleasant encounters with bullying jocks, Steven ... Read more
A butterfly in a glass box provides a metaphor for migrant experience in this intriguing documentary. Disorienting abstract imagery, evoking both the beauty and alienation of the 'foreign' experience, is blended with fragmented spoken impressions, giving glimpses of how the individual's identity ... Read more
Doug Liman is best known for his underrated, stylish and hilarious first feature, Swingers, about a group of narcissistic and self-obsessed Tinsel Town wannabes. It was during this film that he practised his chops and formulated the rapid-fire, dialogue-driven, neon-lit style that permeates Go. An ... Read more
Hammerman tells the tale of a wannabe theatre performer who has devised a new and unique act. After tirelessly peddling his act from venue to venue, he arrives at the office of Mr Swanley, manager of a modest seaside theatre. The gentle and patient Mr Swanley is coaxed into assisting Hammerman in ... Read more
Taking its title from the chorus of the biting three minute pop song Panic by 80s Brit band The Smiths, Hang the DJ is an examination of Ihe world of the turntabulist. Only in the 90s could a performer appropriate the work of someone else and slice it into a composition they call uniquely their ... Read more
Joining the army to fight for Queen and country during WWII might have seemed like a way for many young man to prove themselves. For Aboriginal recruits like Harry and Thomas, the stakes are even higher—a chance to be taken seriously and the hope of a brighter future. A moving tale of ... Read more
Two tribes of beans embark on a war over a tabletop. in the end there can only be one winner. A slick product from one the first round of graduates of the masters in digital animation at AFTRS, Has Beans is a lot of fun. ... Read more
Glamourous and gritty, Hell for Leather is anything but conventional opera on film. Dominik Scherrer revisits Ihe classic tale of Satan's fall from Heaven. Filmed on location in London's East End, Scherrer shot the film in three weeks and chose to record the actors singing live. With sharp edits ... Read more
"Actors come and go," Alfred Hitchcock once told reporters, "But the name of the director should stay clearly in the mind of the audience. We make a film succeed." Coming from one of cinema's pre-eminent auteurs, there is nothing remarkable about this statement, except perhaps its date. 1925, when ... Read more
On December 10, 1938 David O. Selznick burned down Atlanta. On the back lot of his Culver City studio, Selznick had just begun shooting what was to be one ot the greatest, most lavish films of the golden age of Hollywood, Gone With the Wind. As the flames roared, phones at the local precincts rang ... Read more
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