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Films Screened In 2000

If John Waters directed Bonnie and Clyde as an homage to the Banana Splits TV show, the result would be something like the hysterical Red Lipstick. Incorporating the manic approach of The Monkees and the camp aesthetic of the 60s Batman TV series, this heist movie in drag is a laugh riot from wig ... Read more
In removed, naomi uman physically erases the female body from old 16mm porn using nailpolish remover and household bleach. This gorgeous attack of beauty and domestic product on celluloid results in a series of animated white 'holes' writhing orgasmically in the place of porn stars. The leering men ... Read more
Two wooden characters, sharing the same space in a barometer-house, carry on their duties blissfully unaware of each other's existence, until... ... Read more
"One of the most original and inventive pics out of Central Europe in some time... the cast is impeccable all down the line.''—Variety ... Locked inside an asylum for most of his life, Frantisek (the idiot of the title) has never known the outside world. Everyone and everything is new to him ... Read more
Bob (David Duchovny) is a construction worker, happily married to Elizabeth (Joely Richardson), a celebrated zoologist. Living in a luxurious apartment, they seem to have it all. Suddenly, Elizabeth is killed in a car accident and her heart is donated to an organ transplant pool. Grace (Minnie ... Read more
Anything can (and often does) happen on public transport. This film, as if in memory of Melbourne's much loved tram conductors, follows a group of passengers as they face a rare opportunity to deal with a common frustration. It depicts their transformation from group of self-centred individuals to ... Read more
Sam Landefs digitally animated impression of Hong Kong and New York, Rhythmus 99 is a kinetic tribute to the Cubist movement with more than a passing nod to Hans Richter's 1921 incarnation of an animated Constructivist interpretation of rhythm and form. Landel's Expressionist celebration of a ... Read more
Hilarious Lego-animated characters, Rick the insatiable Bottom and Steve the versatile Top, star in this hilarious dinner party gone sour. ... Read more
The Scream trilogy is a Simpsons Halloween special compared to the genuinely terrifying supernatural horror of The Ring series. This, now ongoing, cycle of films is based on the best selling novel by Suzuki Koji, the 'Japanese' Stephen King. ... "Distressed and baffled by the mysterious deaths of ... Read more
The only thing more evil than Ring 2 is if we were remiss enough not to show both the original and sequel. In fact, it is only fair to warn viewers that Ring 2 will be very difficult to follow without seeing its precursor. 'Against all odds, the sequel lives up to the original. We know from Ring ... Read more
At once a tender love story and a decadent spree through a depraved macho spaghetti western hell. Two young cowboys seek to be 'real tough men' through gun slingin', hard drinkin' and hard lovin'. A masterpiece in cinemascope. ... Read more
Grace (Brenda Blethyn, Secrets and Lies [MIFF 1996], Utile Voice) has been left a lovely manor house on the Cornish coast by her recently deceased husband. Unfortunately, she has also been bequeathed a hefty debt and if she doesn't come up with a quick solution, her dream house will slip through ... Read more
As if working in opposition to the varying evocative mysteries of Amber City and non-places, Ian Cross' video, Scrutiny, is an iconic example of the post modernist video tradition of an assemblage of home movie family footage, with flickering scratchy animations of sex, homes, foetuses, men, women ... Read more
Paul Morris is your average struggling family man battling bills, daily squabbles and the multitude of problems faced in raising kids. Pressure at work doesn't help... especially when, like Paul, you're a hitman. In Mark Savage's tongue-in-cheek action/comedy it's easy to empathise with this ... Read more
A grey dawn breaks over a surreal, fog-bound city. From their posts on a buttress on the wall of the skyscraper, the metallic heads of of two eagles come alive. ... Read more
A powerful and innovative diary film, tracing, with delicate irony, the emotional aftermath of tragedy. The narrator is an answering machine. Pain, expressed through sympathy, is juxtaposed against video imagery accumulated on the long journey to acceptance. The simple, yet chilling climax is both ... Read more
Take a journey to the top of the world. Seven Songs from the Tundra is an anthology of tales set in far north Russia, depicting the life of the Nenets. Ranging in time from early last century through to modern times, the various tales offer us a glimpse into a world rarely seen. ... The Nenets, who ... Read more
Winner of the Best Director award at the Venice Film Festival last year, Seventeen Years is a potent examination of a dysfunctional family and how human feelings can come back to life when on the verge of collapse. ... Seventeen years after accidentally murdering her stepsister, Liu Li is allowed ... Read more
Comparable to the hit boxing documentary When We Were Kings, Shadow Boxers is an extraordinary work. As a serious study of the burgeoning female boxing scene it's a first rate movie experience, beyond that it is incredibly exciting, furiously paced and fuelled by a pounding hip-hop score with as ... Read more
Set in a strange world of dead insects, glass trinkets and broken clocks, Shadowplay is the story of a small prince whose innocent childhood games are infiltrated by the darker tones of his imagination. An impressive combination of stop motion animation, under camera animation and computer ... Read more
Opening with a wondrous fantasy concerning a high-tech automated shower modelled after a modern car-wash, Shower slams into a vision of a traditional Beijing bathhouse. A custom thousands of years old and a culture unto themselves, bathhouses promote communal equality, stripped of clothing and rank. Read more
Short, sharp and astounding, this film provides a teasing bridge between the Old Testament Buñuel (Viridiana) and the New (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie). Simon of the Desert concerns a living saint who resides atop a 60-foot pillar large enough only to stand on. Aside from ... Read more
Winner of the Best Film and Best Actor awards at the Locarno Film Festival, Skin of Man, Heart of Beast is a powerful drama set in provincial France. Hélène Angel's debut film delves into the heart of the everyday life of a family shaken by the return of clan member, Coco, after a 15-year ... Read more
Somersault touches an emotional nerve with such sensitivity and control that after 14 minutes you'll want to reach out to the mother and daughter and tell them that everything is going to be okay—but you won't know if it will be. "Don't try to grow up too soon. It'll only backfire on you," ... Read more
"A film about a woman whose drive to pursue the things she believes in leads her on an unexpected path to self-discovery. It is 1907, and musicologist Doctor Lily Penieric (Janet McTeer) has just been denied a promotion in the male-dominated world of her university. Frustrated and determined to get ... Read more
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