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Films Screened In 2003

Those familiar with the universe of Bubblegum Crisis:Tokyo 2040 will immediately recognise the hi-tech dystopia of Parasite Dolls, a film sure to terrify and outrage with its depiction of rogue robots, criminal conspiracy and anime mayhem! ... This first-rate Japanime marshals the creative forces ... Read more
Inspired by the filmmaker's visit to Phillip Island during MIFF 2001, Penguins' Parade is about a young man who, in an absurd situation, insists on remaining a human being. Is this really how overseas visitors see the penguins? ... Read more
When Melanie (Rachael Blake, Lantana, MIFF 2001) goes home from the pub with the best looking bloke (Sam Neill) there, she is more than pleased with herself. After a night of revelry, she passes out on his boat and is sailed away to his 'castle'—a rundown shack on a deserted island. Melanie's ... Read more
Orphaned by the sudden death of her father, a 10-year-old girl's bleak day-to-day existence is poignantly explored in this remarkably gentle film. Unable to put up with her harsh reality any longer she decides to escape from it. ... Read more
Toongabbie Public School was the largest polling booth in Australia's most marginal federal electorate. Labour campaign workers arrive to find the Liberals have plastered the school with banners. Will democracy return to Toongabbie? The battle of the bunting has begun. ... Read more
Exposed directly onto film, this playful and elegant work explores the materiality and design of the humble postage stamp. With sampled extracts from anonymous postcards comprising the soundtrack, Post Mark Lick meditates not only on the history and form of correspondence, but also on the iconic ... Read more
Plug in to a programme of new work that encapsulates the diverse array of styles, approaches, technological innovations and, most importantly, the brilliant imagination that informs contemporary digital short films. ... Ski Jumping Pairs An hysterically funny Japanese look at a bizarre new ... Read more
"In an environment of pervasive corruption, political assassinations, and street rioting, the story of chaotic post-Soviet transition is told through culture clash, electricity disconnections and blackouts. AES Corp., the massive North American 'global power company', has purchased the privatised ... Read more
Jacqueline McKenzie (Angel Baby) is Daphne, a single woman living in Sydney in the 1890s, who runs a taxidermy service, inherited from her late father. Unable to accept his passing, she frequents a 'spiritualist photographer', who claims to summon the dead and then photograph their ghostly image ... Read more
"Pure opens with the shocking scene of Paul, a 10 year old boy, bringing his mother (Molly Parker, Marion Bridge, in MIFF this year) breakfast in bed. On the tray is a cup of tea, a syringe and her heroin, which in his innocence he thinks is her medicine. If ever there was film with its heart in ... Read more
Jia Hong Sheng was an emerging film star in the early 90s, nicknamed 'the thug idol' for playing gangsters and heroes in 'B' movies, when he branched out and starred in a stage version of Kiss of the Spider Woman in 1992. However, things soon changed, as his fragile psychological state, combined ... Read more
This fiery romance-cum-underworld saga was snapped up for the Berlin Film Festival this year. Forbidden love clashes with issues of people smuggling, illegal bare-knuckle fights and Gallic triads. Chinh, the softly-spoken daughter of Cambodian immigrants, is treated like a beautiful pet by the ... Read more
A breath of fresh air in American independent cinema, Raising Victor Vargas is a life-affirming portrait of teenage romance and the trials of growing up. ... 16-Year-old Victor lives in a small New York apartment with his grandmother and younger brother and sister. He is a cocky teenager, spending ... Read more
A bright green ball slowly emerges on a black background from the lower edge of the screen. A buzzing tone leads to a screeching sound. In this minimal work, the sun's movement in real time reduces cinema to its essence. ... Read more
Asian cinema specialist Tony Raynes described Resurrection of the Little Match Girl as 2002's best martial arts fantasy from South Korea—his runner up was last year's MIFF smash Volcano High. Get ready for a breathtaking and exhilarating ride from maverick director Jang Sun-woo. ... Young ... Read more
Tribe 8: a compelling combination of funny, tough, foul-mouthed, ribald, outspoken, outrageous and just plain out-there women playing full-throttle, militantly lesbian punk rock. Add to this their penchant for playing topless and engaging in sadomasochistic play and mock castrations onstage and ... Read more
Dae-shik, a once celebrated mountaineer, is the leader of a ramshackle group of homeless people. One morning he discovers, sprawled on the pavement, Suk-Won, an ex-financier who has been kicked out by his wife after losing all their money in a stock market crash. Suk-Won is suicidal, but Dae-shik ... Read more
The remarkable life of one of the 20th century's most influential war photographers, Robert Capa, is explored with insight and depth in this expertly crafted film. Interweaving Capa's stunning still photos, archival footage and interviews with acquaintances and those influenced by his ... Read more
A romantic comedy in which security officer, Laurence, guards an empty office and spends life in an endless circle until he falls in love with Ann. She offers an opportunity for his spirit to escape, but things are never that easy. ... Read more
Tom is truly tested when he goes to work on an old friend's farm. This assured coming-of-age thriller won the 2002 VCA School of Film and Television awards for Best Script, Best Narrative and Best Production. ... Read more
Melbourne stand-up comic Roy Höllsdotter is enjoying popularity, regular bookings and plenty of laughs. His routines leave the crowds rolling on beer-splashed carpet at his weekly gig but his private life is going to hell. Roy's girlfriend Cate has unceremoniously dumped him. Roy's neuroses ... Read more
Playfully crossing almost all genres, including thriller comedy, horror and action, this dynamic debut film from Korean hot-shot, Jang Jun-hwan, recalls the deliriously creative work of Jeunet and Caro (The City of Lost Children, Delicatessen). ... The hero of Save the Green Planet! is Byeong-gu, a ... Read more
Tony Joe White took US radio by storm in the late 60s with his song Polk Salad Annie, later recorded by Elvis. White pioneered music he termed 'swamp rock', combining elements of blues, soul, rock and earthy, backwoods imagery with a deep, unmistakable Southern drawl. White virtually disappeared ... Read more
Nathalie works as an exotic dancer and Sandrine tends the bar in a sleazy club. Together they enjoy playing love games, aiming to conquer men and throw them into desperate, helpless states of infatuation. Confident and ambitious, the two women begin work for a large company, where their games ... Read more
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