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Films In 1985

This acclaimed clay animation is choreographed to the tune of Australia's unofficial national anthem. Writer/ directors Chattaway and Cusak shot the film over four months, using a 60- year-old camera which runs at one frame per second. Their humorous dramatisation of Banjo Peterson's famous poem ... Read more
A film by veteran Australian ethnographic filmmaker about the outstatlon, or clan homeland movement throughout northern and central Australia. Two centres are closely examined. ... Yirrkala, in north-eastern Arnhem Land, a resource centre on the doorstep of a massive Cove bauxite mine, and ... Read more
A short comedy on the taboo of the male nude. Its setting is a photographic studio and its basic situation a photographic session in which the photographer runs his model through the gamut of possibilities of "what might be permissible in respect of a male nude". Prompted in part by the latest ... Read more
A surrealist allegorical fable (from Oueensland?!) dealing with the Increasing gap between rich and poor and the wall of illusions that rich men hide behind. The influence of Samuel Beckett is apparent but the film also has a genuinely native sense of humour In its language and performances. ... Read more
Stauffer, a widower lives with his housekeeper of 15 years, a woman both caring and overbearing in her manner. A doctor is brought in to cure a mysterious illness that Srauffer seems to be suffering from. His symptoms are fatigue, anaemia and resttess sleep full of dreammg. Stauffer's main ... Read more
The 'wings of death' pursue a young addict - trying to escape from a violent murder. He takes refuge in a decaying hotel - inhabited by creatures from his imagination - victims of their own gross forms of addiction. Trapped in a room, haunted by voices and shadows, he struggles with his physical ... Read more
Provides an account of the introduction of industrial democracy within government factories by the Australian Federal ... Government. ... Read more
WORKING GIRLS is a frank and often humorous look at women working in a brothel in midtown Manhattan. It is owned and run by Susan, a woman in her 30s. who had worked briefly as a prostitute before opening her own business. Molly, a photographer, has been working at the brothel for a couple of ... Read more
"The money's finished. It had to run out sometime. Everything does. The blood, the passion, the fear. Everything except the loneliness. I don't even want to kill myself anymore. I don't know if I ever did. Another piece of indulgence to keep up the interest. I decided to go back to Australia. What ... Read more
Xidu is the force that propels man. ... Read more
Set in the idyll of an Andalusian village in feudal times, this is the story of one woman's struggle for self-realisation. A tragedy of passions, it traces Yerma's frustrations and discontent with her new husband who loves and respects her but denies her sexual fulfilment, motherhood and a share in ... Read more
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A woman returns to a psychiatric institution. The building is in disrepair but painful memories remain intact: the journey must begin anew. This student film suffers from some weaknesses, notably some very banal dialogue but is impressive for its visual stylistics.,especially in the opening ... Read more
A second-rate crooner sings to his love, while his face becomes a permutating landscape. A bizarre animation. reminiscent of Godley & Creme's Cry. ... Read more
Ken McMullen's most ambitious film to date traces the story of ... one of those shadowy figures from the past through whom we ... seek to learn the true temper of an extraordinary time. She is ... Zina, Leon Trotsky's daughter, whose copious letters to her ... father and others form the solid basis ... Read more
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