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Films In 1985

A tomboy in Arkansas finds it hard going when she attempts to resist the socialising process. Set In the summer of 1948 the film introduces us to I l-year-old Kathy whose ambitions are to be a pirate captain, Tarzan or at least the marbles champion. Her mother wants her to cut off her pigtails and ... Read more
Animation which tells Story of a castaway on a desert island who gets lost In his dreams. Confusing fantasy with reality proves fatal. ... Read more
Here's another feather in the cap for Chinese cinema, this time from Edward Yang, a relatively new director (his second feature) who was born on the mainland, studied for a while in the US, and now lives and works in Taiwan TAIPEI STORY is a refreshing, intelligent study of a disintegrating ... Read more
“[A] quietly stunning drama which sees the various problems facing a rapidly modernised city reflected in the lives of a dozen or so subtly observed characters.” - Time OutStarring MIFF regular, filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien (Three Times, MIFF 2006, The Flight of the Red Balloon) as a washed-up ... Read more
Once upon a time certain beings arose to speak. No one could tell they ... were being occluded. And so it came to pass that the plants were delighted. ... Read more
Television images are manipulated from colourful abstraction to unrecognisability. The barking dog and whining accordion add to the ... suggestion of the threat. ... Read more
This is not the first film about life on the grey proletarian fringes of Paris, but it is certainly one of the best Newcomer ... hdi Charef, who wrote and directed from his own quasi-autobiographlcal 1983 novel, is a 32-year-old Algerian immigrant who was a factory worker most of his life. Charef ... Read more
A documentary using stereotypical situations to explore the aloneness that is the common experience of all humans, and the spaces between us which we hope to bridge. ... Read more
This tape examines, through a fragmented narrative, some of the powerful aspects of female adolescence. Aspects of the girls' experiences are juxtaposed with the institutions that mould them - such as school, family and expectations about sexuality and ability. ... Read more
A bizarre melodrama set on a tennis court stage with satire and song. It explores some of the modern pressures we live under. ... Read more
Film school graduation film on the grotesque rituals of family life The ... well-mannered children rebel ... against the adult regime. ... Read more
Derek Jarman is best known in Australia for his more "mainstream" features (Sebastiane, Jubilee, and The Tempest) and as production designer on Ken Russell's Savage Messiah and The Devils. He has also worked extensively as a painter, stage designer, and producer of more experimental works (often ... Read more
One of the most startling things about The Big Parade is how little its formal and visual qualities resemble Chen's internationally acclaimed debut feature, Yellow Earth. But perhaps the most salient and controversial aspect about its production has been the intervention of the authorities, who ... Read more
Black Cannon is the first satirical comedy worthy of the name made in China in 30 years. Engineer Zhao Shuxin (played by Liu Zifeng, who must be China s answer to Woody Allen) is suspected of industrial espionage when he sends a somewhat cryptic telegram to a friend. He is therefore prevented from ... Read more
THE BLIND DIRECTOR is conceived partly as a meditation on the closing years of this century. Writes Kluge: "There are times in this century which have the tendency to devour what has gone before as well as what is to come ... In my film, all the stories deal with the present, which is about to ... Read more
Beckoned by the seductive promise of the night a man leaves his hotel room only to be lured into a bizarre and frightening encounter, ... Read more
A collaboration for television exploring styles of play in animals and humans. A project that combines an international jazz musician, a clown, a dancer, and a doctor of Zoology. ... Read more
A fierce buffalo following its owner suddenly becomes angry and runs wild. A fable about iron hands and velvet gloves. ... Read more
A musician with the London Philharmonic meets the All-Australian bloke and finds himself swept along in the all-Australian entourage. ... Read more
Short comedy. A young mother visits a strange psychoanalyst about a problem of incest and racial intolerance. Very funny. ... Read more
Gothic melodrama, which makes dramatic and economical use of empty frames overlapping sound and striking images to tell its story of a faith healer's attempt to detraumatise and restore the speech of a dumb young man. The results are sensational. ... Read more
Ten-year-old Paula D'Arcy lives in the suburbs of Belfast. Her world, and that of her friends, centres on playing in 'The Glen', an overgrown wasteland in the neighbourhood that boasts a brook full of fish and wooded slopes offering a multitude of hiding places. Their native playground comes under ... Read more
Set in the mid-Sixties, this film accompanies young Peter Young on his first camping trip with the Boy Scouts — deep into the bush, into a place of myths and folklore and fearful adventures . . . ... Read more
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