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Films Screened In 2000

BETTER THAN SEX (Jonathan Teplitzky, 2000)
In an early moment of Better Than Sex hilarity, David Wenham feigns chewing his own arm off. Broaching the subject of sneaking off before the previous night's drunken conquest wakes, Wenham imbues th… Read more

Big Daddy (Finola Geraghty, 1999)
When Marlon arrives at a juvenile prison, his rap rhymes elicit a strong and violent response from Gavin, a neurotic bully. The jealous Gavin conspires to silence him, leading to a battle of wills be… Read more

Bird in the Wire (Phillip Donnellon, 1999)
Inspiration on a 1940s production line. A coathanger factory, a white pigeon and a young woman. Even the briefest encounter can inspire relief from life's everyday routines. ... Read more

BLACKBOARDS (Samira Makhmalbaf, 2000)
Direct from this year's Cannes Film Festival, where it was the co-winner of the Jury Prize, Blackboards is bold and provocative. The film opens with an almost surreal image of a group of male teacher… Read more

Blessed Fruit (Orla Walsh, 1999)
In a church a young woman kneels before the Holy Mother and ponders the question of how to tell her boyfriend that she is pregnant to another man. Will her prayers be answered? ... Read more

Blicklust (Dietmar Brehm, )
Blicklust sets up a perverse dynamic of scientific and sadistic study. Commencing with an elaborate diagram of an eye, the film plummets into an indeterminate shadow world, peering through ruffled cu… Read more

Blitze (Dietmar Brehm, 2000)
In Blitze, Dietmar Brehm generates a sordid Kuleshov effect, where the face of the voyeur is transformed by what he watches and what he watches is transformed by being watched. The impact of the gaze… Read more

BLOOD – THE LAST VAMPIRE (Hiroyuki Kitakubo, 2000)
This killer Japanese animation packs a stake-snapping whallop. Dispensing with exposition, Blood-The Last Vampire propels the viewer headlong into the story. Saya, a teenaged girl, sits alone on a su… Read more

BLOODY ANGELS (Karin Julsrud, 1998)
An unpredictable thriller about a tight-knit rural community, a terrible crime and an untenable outcome. Bloody Angels is a vigilante justice film set in a frigid, bleak Norwegian burg. Two 'bad seed… Read more

Blown in With the Wind (Andrei Osipov, 2000)
In winter the Arctic fishing settlement of Shoina is blanketed by polar night; in summer, endless windstorms cover the settlement in sand. This film is a metaphysical reflection about Russia: the rol… Read more

BORN TO LOSE: THE LAST ROCK AND ROLL MOVIE (Lech Kowalski, 1999)
For Johnny Thunders, the party was never over. His lifestyle epitomised rock decadence in all its gutter glory. As a member of cross-dressing proto-punks the New York Dolls, Thunders left a liquored-… Read more

Bound (Sirhat Caradee, 2000)
When his gun-wielding friend cries out for him to 'RUN!', Arab-Australian teenager Benny sprints away from pursuing police. In one hand, he carries a watch case, a gift from the dying grandfather who… Read more

BRANDED TO KILL (Seijun Suzuki, 1967)
Possibly Suzuki's most infamous film, Branded To Kill certainly retains its searing punch after repeated viewing. Curiously, it is also his least Pop Art and quivers with a heightened otherness. Whil… Read more

Brassketeers (Maung Maung Aye, 1999)
As night falls and people filter off the streets of the Melbourne CDB, the three brass sculpture figures on the corner of Swanston and Bourke Streets come alive. Like guardian angels, they move in my… Read more

BREAD AND ROSES (Ken Loach, 2000)
"The locale may have changed but the commitment to challenging social drama remains unwavering in Ken Loach's (My Name is Joe, MIFF 1999) first North American venture. Set in Los Angeles - and inspir… Read more

Brother (Adam Elliot, 1999)
Brother is the final film in the acclaimed trilogy that also includes Uncle and Cousin. It is a claymation about the antics of an asthmatic boy and his brother. Although this film is darker than the … Read more

Bsss (Felix Gonnert, 1999)
Bsss is the tale of a fly's discovery of a children's book, in which an elephant stands on its trunk. The fly is intrigued... ... Read more

BUILDING HEAVEN, REMEMBERING EARTH: CONFESSIONS OF A FALLEN ARCHITECT (Oliver Hockenhull, 1999)
Combining the poetic, political and critical in a new digital form, Oliver Hockenhull's study of the confines of architecture and the self has been described as 'unequivocally the best documentary pr… Read more

CHOCOLAT (Claire Denis, 1988)
Returning to Cameroon, the West African nation where she spent her childhood, a young Frenchwoman (Mireille Perrier) contemplates her youth, spent within the enclave of a colonial outpost, and the va… Read more

CHUCK & BUCK (Miguel Arteta, 1999)
"Chuck and Buck were once 'best friends', a relationship that means so much to children but fades once the innocence that formed it is gone. For Buck this innocence has never gone away. His interests… Read more

CINéMA-VéRITé: DEFINING THE MOMENT (Peter Wintonick, 1999)
A feature documentary about documentary, Cinema-Verite: Defining the Moment is a major retrospective of some of the century's finest non-fiction films. The influence of the cinema verite approach in … Read more

CITY OF DREAMS (Belinda Mason, 2000)
City of Dreams tells the fascinating story of an unconventional couple—Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin; visionary American architects, whose imaginative engagement with Austral… Read more

Codename Corgi (Tracy Spottiswoode, 1999)
Codename Corgi is a satire that includes all the elements of a good movie: sex, love, spies and espionage—all with animated Barbie Dolls. A successful comedy bringing new credibility to the Bar… Read more

COLLECTORS (Julian P. Hobbs, 2000)
Violence is the life-blood of American culture. Criminals attain mythological status; the crimes are replayed by the media forming a perverse mirror image of the dominant American myth of the self-ma… Read more

CRAZY ENGLISH (Zhang Yuan, 1999)
"What is the most concrete way to love your country?... To love your country is to study English well!... Crazy English! Crazy life! Crazy work! Crazy study! Crazy everyday! I want to be crazy! I lov… Read more

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