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Films In 1983

An elderly couple in reduced circumstances join a pensioners' group holiday which they can barely afford. They hope to get away from it all for a week, perhaps make new friends. But reality still pursues them. Victor Schonfeld is the producer/director of THE ANIMALS FILM. ... Read more
In parts of New South Wales there are still mines under private ownership where work is conducted in methods similar to those of the 19th Century. Detailed, expressive imagery dispenses with narrative and music. ... Read more
A young painter sees a beautiful woman on the underground. Back in his studio he projects his fantasies and fears and finally gets completely confused. ... Read more
A stylized account of girlhood when perversion is innocent,family is strange and adulthood lonely. Fast-moving screwball ... humour set against the Beatlemania hysteria of the 60s. ... Read more
The main character in this film, a modern Don Quixote, strives to right the wrongs of the world. However during his struggle he conforms to the deeds of both small and great men in history. Perhaps this is the cause of his fatal error. ... Read more
A film about a photographer who is questioning both his artistic choice of subject matter and his environment. ... Read more
A celebration of the rain forests and a study of the attitudes towards them from the time of the first occupants - the Aborigines. ... Read more
In the early 70's Reginald Maudling said of Northern Ireland that the best we could hope to achieve would be a return to ... 'acceptable levels' of violence; almost ten years later, these levels continue to operate. ... This film show's not only what ... those 'acceptable levels' mean in practice ... Read more
Ah Ying is a 22-year-old woman, living in squalid conditions and working at the family fish stall at Hong Kong's bustling market. Eventually, through her attendance at drama classes, she is able to mentally break through the drudgery of her daily existence. Her progress is charted with a deft blend ... Read more
An obstinate, serious and bespectacled child realises the dream of all schoolchildren and rebels against the uselessness of school and teachers. The teacher loses face before the parents who are, in the end, happy with their son's victory. ... The French title literally means "to hold one's own" ... Read more
Shih-chung, King of the Chou Dynasty ... in the 1st century , suffers from epilepsy ... and becomes addicted to the medicine ... prescribed by Occultist Lee, who is conspiring to usurp the throne. The loyal Prime Minister Wang Pu , worrying about the King's health, spares no efforts to send for the ... Read more
Six short stories which, however they ... might begin, always end with love. ... Read more
From "The Collected Poems of Earle Birney" by Earle Birney. The poet hums, hisses and hoots his way through a witty ... collage of archival footage of vintage trains and the English countryside. ... Read more
Chilean, exiled film director, Miguel ... Littin's new production gives an idealised view of guerilla movements in Latin America; its cinematic approach is sophisticated and the acting highly professional. The action is set in an imaginary country , where U. S. troops are organising a system of ... Read more
Dramatic reconstruction of a true incident when Australian actress Coral Browne (playing herself) was in Moscow with a production of "Hamlet". She was visited backstage by Guy Burgess, the upper-class Englishman who caused a scandal during the 1950s when he fled to Russia rather than face a ... Read more
The life and photographic works of Ivan Timirjasew, who served as adjutant to the Russian military governor of Finland ... for 27 years. His still photographs provide a remarkable record of living ... conditions in Finland during the last years of Czarist rule. ... Read more
An animator is trying to find the proper ... animation technique for his new film. ... His character, however, has his own ... ideas about the matter. ... Read more
A record of physical and psychological stress experienced over three months by members of the International Biomedical ... Expedition. David Parer served the expedition as one man film maker,experimental guinea pig and back-up technician. ... His "Douglas Mawson—The Survivor" won the Grand ... Read more
A humorous commentary on the Bntish passport category "Distinguishing Marks", previously known as "Any Special Peculiarities".By dissolving photographs and paintings of himself, Dean ... illustrates the myriad of descriptions attributed to the human face (bull neck, doe eyes, hook nose, cauliflower ... Read more
War can't be waged without combat troops. The method of transforming ordinary young men into soldiers is called "Basic Training". At Parns Island Marine Training Depot in South Carolina 18-year-olds are subjected to brutal but precisely calculated' ... regimen. At the end of it, these young men ... Read more
A loving tribute to Liam O'Lcary, theatre director, actor, film-maker, critic and historian of international reputation and, in more recent years, archivist of the cinema in Ireland. ... A proud and passionately independent man. he tells the storyof his own life illustrated by stills, film-clips ... Read more
Atomic Artist is a portrait of Tony Price, ... a painter and sculptor who for the last ... fifteen years has been using the salvage ... from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (”Birthplace of the Atomic Age”) in New Mexico as the raw material for his sculptures. ... Read more
When two labourers decide to rob a bakery, they get more co-operation than they expected from its communist owner. ... Read more
A documentary about the many struggles and scant triumphs of Australian ... women composers. The story begins at ... the turn of the century, when women ... wanted equal opportunities and recognition in the field of music, and analyses some of the problems they faced. The film presents portraits of ... Read more
Set in a housing scheme in Manchester and the streets of ... King's Cross, London Based on fact, AWAYDAY traces one ... week in the lives of two sharp, energetic, unemployed teenage women, both looking for a way out. ... Read more
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