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Films Screened In 1999

From the studios of the famous Claymation company 'The Bolex Brothers', comes another short from Mike Booth. The central character who resembles a rather well dressed penis, is a poet who fights an inner battle. Against a live action backdrop, we see this little purple member write romantic verse ... Read more
On a summer day in country Australia two girls escape the heat al a local swimming pool. As the boys show off at the diving boards, the girls overcome their self consciousness by immersing themselves in fantasy worlds; one underwater amongst sea creatures and the other in the air. Sarah Watts' ... Read more
Love is a dangerous game to play, but if you're a rat in love with a cat the stakes are even higher. Bearing gifts and a special love song, the rat embarks on his treacherous mission prepared for the worst. Bruce Currie's unique design combined with the voice of comic talent Paul Livingston ... Read more
Lucky People Center was originally an illegal Swedish nightclub in the late 1980s. The collective involved moved into film and music production, and eventually live performance. As a culmination of their many-faceted career, Lucky People Center International, the film, casts a wide net to haul in ... Read more
Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's Marriage of Figaro remains one of the definitive examples of the genre. A bold and ambitious production, Ponnelle made no compromises with this live staging. Following the action of The Barber of Seville, Figaro's master, Count Almaviva, is now married to his love Rosina ... Read more
Bombay. Mexico City, Moscow, New York. These four 'megacities' have populations of between eight and 24 million people, numbers unprecedented in human history. Austrian documentary maker Michael Glawogger probes both the micro and macrocosm of human experience, his focus is those at the very lowest ... Read more
Niki Bern's film Midas uses live characters in a page-turning 3D 'pop-up' environment to create a surreal fairytale. Narrated by Zoe Carides, the film utilises con­temporary digital computer effects while alluding visu­ally to picture books, the traditional mode of storytelling. ... Read more
A young man who refuses to spend the turn of the centu­ry behind bars will have to murder his best friend in order to gain his freedom. A young woman, suddenly deserted by her lover, contemplates suicide. They find one anoth­er at midnight on the roof of a building overlooking Copacabana ... Read more
Millennium Bug explores satirical definitions for a decayed millennium. Words such as "jork" are defined as "any variety of genetically tailored meat product" and the accompanying vision shows a zucchini-like slug moving backwards through a black and white urban wasteland. ... Images for the film ... Read more
Mind's Eye revels in its situationst surreality. A roilercoaster journey through a series of locations becomes a crazed ride in a million directions. The laws of physics do not apply to Godhard. Taking a frugal idea and pushing it to the limit, Godhard once again proves that a sweet simple visual ... Read more
With its unlikely romantic entanglement between a car park attendant (Seymour Cassel) and former prom gueen Minnie (Gena Rowlands), now working as a museum assistant, Minnie and Moskowitz was applaud­ed by critics when it was first released as evidence that director John Cassavetes could mellow ... Read more
'Fat' and 'beautiful' are definitely two contradictory words in our society, where 'waif/heroin chic' ideals of beauty rule our perceptions. Miss Fat and Beautiful is a story about beauty; about being fat; about love; about shattering stereotypes; about what men are thinking; and more than anything ... Read more
Brian McKenzie has fashioned a deeply personal docu­mentary about Noel Mason, a Melbourne man trying to earn a meagre living as a children's entertainer. Noel is clown/magician 'Mister Biscuit', a character who brings a combination of sleight of hand, slapstick and gags to pre­schoolers but ... Read more
'Moloch' is the name generally given to a divinity worshipped by various ancient cultures. Although sources differ on the details of Moloch's abominations, this idol is most often connected to the sacrifices of children. In Milton's Paradise Lost, the name was given to Satan's strongest fighter who ... Read more
Bruce Petty's satirical analysis of how money has evolved through the ages. We observe crashes, booms, wars, awesome socialist experiments and the world shattering efforts of the wealthy to make more of 'it'. We ultimately realize that we are no longer in control and that 'money is making the ... Read more
More tells the story of a tired old inventor who struggles through a joyless life in a drab city to invent a bit of meaning and worth. Melancholic, nostalgic and imaginative through model animation, a slick and mesmerising design and an engrossing soundtrack by British electronic pop group New ... Read more
Every morning is the same. The only thing which breaks the monotony of this lonely man's life are his extraordinarily vivid dreams. Through repetition and montage, the filmmaker creates a powerful tension between the main character's fantasy life and the mundane world of routine from which he can ... Read more
Seamlessly combining 3D animation and traditional filmmaking, this short film tells of a nocturnal war between two mosquitoes and a man deprived of sleep. Mozzie humourously gives an insect's perspective on an experience all too familiar for Australians on a hot summer night. ... Read more
Winner of the Grand Prize at last year's Locarno Film Festival, Mr Zhao relates the romantic entangle­ments of the gentleman of the title. A low-key charmer, Zhao is magnetically attracted to women of all kinds, without any thought for consequences. The film opens with Zhao, a Shanghai doctor ... Read more
Joe Gibbons, as a whacked-out therapist, attempts to integrate the various personalities of that much loved and reviled doll in this Pixelvison psychodrama. Barbie is positioned under the examining lens, inflated to human scale. Gibbons' performance, like his previous collaboration with Emily Breer ... Read more
This tale of working class characters caught in a down­ward spiral of their own and society's weaknesses could be considered amongst Ken Loach's best work. As befits his reputation, this is a no holds barred examination of the daily tribulations of marginal personalities. Loach's leading man ... Read more
After having made a narrow escape from a 'hen's night' gathering, male stripper Ralph Little is keen to get his next job out of the way. Fate conspires to send him into the wrong hotel room where mobster Morgan Dorothy is expecting a bagman to do deal for some stolen jewels. Naked Intent is a ... Read more
Nana tocuses on the loving but sometimes quite difficult relationships between four women filmmakers and the compassionate, authoritarian, unpredictable, loquacious grandmothers. From 1994 to 1998, Nana evolved out of communal effort to gain insight into each others' lives and explore one another's ... Read more
In 1971, film critic Manny Farber published a book called Negative Space, in which he wrote: "One of the finest moments in 1940s film is no longer than a blink: Bogart, as he crosses the street from one bookstore to another, looks up at a sign." The director of this fascinating experimental ... Read more
A highly original film about five characters working in an alienating office seen in a cycle of 24 hours. As the camera travels from managers to a night-shift cleaner, the characters' inner voices are interwoven and set up against a meticulously designed hyper-real environment. This interaction of ... Read more
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