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Films Screened In 2000

Gregory is a fat, lonely tele-sales expert who never leaves the sanctuary of his flat. His days are an endless cycle of sales-speak, junk TV and binge-eating. His only physical contact with the outside world is his sister Rosemary—that is, until he finds love on the telephone. ... Read more
A great example of Australian documentary making, as progressive as it is poetic."—Megan Spencer, JJJ ... Hurt is an Australian docudrama like no other. 250 young Australians, from rural areas and small towns, have been given the opportunity to tell their own stories, with their images, in ... Read more
Though ostensibly based on a true story-of the 'Granny Killer' Thierry Paufin, who terrorised the outer arrondisements of Paris in the late 1980s, murdering a string of elderly women—Denis here appropriates a generic form (the serial-killer movie) as a means of addressing a number of her ... Read more
An extraordinary portrait of the daily lives of homeless peoples, / Could've Been Human allows each individual to tell their story, their dreams and hopes. A sense of survival and great loss is revealed— these are people who once had homes and families, were part of 'society', yet for one ... Read more
Two of Mimmo Calopresti's feature films have been selected for competition at Cannes. Not bad for a documentary filmmaker who decided to make the switch to drama just five years ago. Calopresli's latest—a densely textured, plaintive film about the friendship between two boys from different ... Read more
After being fired from TV's Spin City for not making the best of a part that required her to lead a live tiger onto the set dressed in a bustier, skimpy hot pants and spike heels, Adrienne Shelly sat down and wrote the screenplay that became I'll Take You There. Her film is a completely original ... Read more
The recipient of 15 International film awards, Idle Running is a comic drama about Dizzy, a veteran student stranded halfway to adulthood. Watching TV, snoozing and boozing form Dizzy's routine—even laziness is beginning to bore him. His cycle of slothfulness is abruptly shattered when a new ... Read more
A film from the North Cape on Midsummer's Night, when human beings are not the only ones in search of love. Even the frogs are liable to profess their feelings for each other, a la Shakespeare.. ... Read more
Take a 16 minute thrill ride as the 'dead' Robert arrives to be assessed in purgatory. Prognosis: Hell! Our hero takes fate into his own hands, taking the elevator back to earth to rectify his past imperfect; the 'God Squad' is in hot 'virtual' pursuit. But sometimes even divine intervention isn't ... Read more
Two brothers eke out a hand-to mouth existence gutting fish. Their mother is in hospital, dying from an incurable disease. In the Jungle is a confronting look at contemporary Korean life. It is a challenging film—dark and gritty, at times reminiscent of Ken Loach's sombre 'social realism'. An ... Read more
Roger Ebert at Cannes: "So far my favourite is innocence, a touching work by the Australian master Paul Cox, about a couple who were each other's first true loves, and meet again after 50 years. Julia Blake and Charles Tingwell, actors who are both 70-ish, bring a heart-stopping passion and risk to ... Read more
Intransit depicts a boy's journey into his own dark underworld where he is confronted by a vengeful father figure. Suggesting much, but clarifying little, this film is a powerful expression of teenage angst and dislocation. ... Read more
Based on a short story by Moebius, the famed French graphic novelist, this production is a confident, reverent rendering of Moebius' dark and peculiar fascinations. The humour is suitably bleak, as is the inspired production design. Is Man Good? puts paid to the insular, self-actualising logic that ... Read more
Russell portrays the flamboyant dancer as a self-indulgent exhibitionist and vulgarian intent on shocking the world with her self-consciously outrageous behaviour, promoting the image of a free-spirited artiste and ultimately a pathetic individual entrapped in her own myth-making. The film opens ... Read more
Janice Beard is a woman with a vivacious personality and an overactive imagination, who has been causing shocks her whole life. Her father died of a heart attack while she was being born, and her mother subsequently plunged into a 23-year spell of "post-natal, post-mortem depression", keeping her ... Read more
Andrew Kotting's Jaunt is a documentary on a fast topological trip along the River Thames. Along the way an engaging cast of characters offer us informative morsels about their famous waterway. From Southend-on-Sea to the Houses of Parliament in London, the linear narrative corresponds with the ... Read more
Filled with stinging humour and standout performances, Jesus' Son is a mixture of road movie and redemptive table set in the drug subculture of the 1970s. Based on Denis Johnson's acclaimed short stories, this is a film for anyone who embraced Drugstore Cowboy and My Own Private Idaho. ... FH ... Read more
Jin-Roh is set in an alternative universe where, in Tokyo of the 1950s, advanced technology already abounds. A totalitarian government is ruthlessly crushing dissident activists. Our protagonist is Kazuki Fuse, a member of the Kerberos, a heavily armed Special Unit trained to crush resistance ... Read more
Thursday night. Late night shopping. Joy wants to have fun. A glimpse at a teenage girl's life; the glitter of the shopping mall mecca and the pull of friends, intersected by the familiar commands that are meant to instill a sense of discipline but only make you want to get further away. Sometimes ... Read more
"There are few subjects as abhorrent to our sensibilities as incest, particularly when it involves very young children. Just, Mebin chronicles a truly monstrous case. The film tells the story of an individual whose path of destruction was so insidious and devastating that it's almost impossible not ... Read more
Kafi's Story centres on Kafi, a young Nuba man from the remote mountain region of Sudan. His story begins on a bus bound for Khartoum where he hopes to get a job and save enough money to buy a dress for Tete, his bride-to-be. The complexities of his love life, his ambiguous relationship with his ... Read more
Meticulously constructed from religious films, old Hollywood footage and home movies, Rosenblatt exposes his own (and cinemas) troubled relationship with Jesus Christ, in examining the source of anti-semitism he weaves through the scavenged images a kind of healing homage to the King of the Jews ... Read more
Korridor is composed mostly of found footage and Brehm's mirror projections into the preexisting compositions. The filmmaker stalks a neo-gothic gallery of pornographic actors engaged in gloomy revelry. Present among his images, he appears in a series of impending repetitions. The metaphor of ... Read more
A magician, a birdman and La Comtessa de Castiglione perform this entrancing, surreal theatre piece. Inspired by early photographic portraits of the real Comtesse de Castiglione (taken in 1855) and shot on an old camera, it represents a truly timeless (and bizarre) vision. Furthermore, it is a work ... Read more
"Our sexual desire has to be seen as the product of centuries of repressive and emasculating Catholicism... it is always coloured by the sweet sense of sin," wrote Bunuel in his autobiography My Last Breath. L'Age d'Or was Buñuel and Salvador Dali's second collaboration (after Un Chien ... Read more
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