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Films In 1987

My Place is a video 8 documentary exploring certain personalities around a discotheque-club in Maroochydore, Queensland, circa 1987. The treatment is naive, the film has the look and feel very much of a home movie while the off screen interviewer elicits strange familiarity from the subjects of the ... Read more
An exercise in transformation ... Read more
Fascinating documentary, punctuated by evocative footage from every conceivable New York story as depicted by several generations of visual artists, which manages to show 'how film is used in a variety of unconventional ways in order to explore and reveal various visions and experiences of a ... Read more
"Nice Coloured Girls is an experimental film dealing with European men's first confrontations with Aboriginal women 200 years ago This is juxtaposed with some present day Aboriginal women's urban ritual: the practice of picking up a captain (sugar daddy). ... Most films which have dealt with ... Read more
A power-station blows up. Two men and two women run out. An employee tries to convince them of the non-danger of the disaster. ... 'No Jean-Luc, not a child of Marx and Coca-Cola. More like a resident of Alphaville with a taste for ice-cream and tracking shots'. -Tony Rayns ... Read more
An enthralling look at a footnote to Hollywood history, this is essentially a straightforward overview of the phenomenal rise and fall of the American independent film production company B.B.S., the creative force behind the making of such 'alternative' milestones as Easy Rider, 69, Five Easy ... Read more
In 1937 YosI Bergner, a 17 year old Polish Jew, arrived in Melbourne seeking refuge from anti-semitism and fascism in Europe. He became an inspirational figure among a community of painters seeking to create an art which would reflect the great social upheavals of the days. ... Painting The Town is ... Read more
"Nocturnal" fantasy about a man, a bronze metallic Buick Century and the massed machinery of the Sydney City Council cleansing department. ... Read more
A reflective essay on the imposition of meretricious images upon landscape Narrative as a state of mind; landscape as an ice cream sundae. From the beach at Nice, to St Kilda Esplanade Selected for competition, Cannes 1988. ... Read more
A young woman barges into the home of a ... man she doesn't know a friend has given ... her the address. With her she brings two ... mysterious suitcases. ... Winner, French Cesai, Best Short Fiction, ... 1988. ... Read more
35 Summers & Private Island are to be screened with Heart, Beating in the Dark ... Read more
Another of the whimsical gag shorts, this one about the futuristic society of machines at the eternal service of the isolated human being. The repeated ' thank you - come again' phrase orients the film as a wry comment on the polite rituals of mass consumption in contemporary Japan. ... Read more
This Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale is retold within a contemporary ambience of urban gloom and emptiness — the snowlined city square allows for jagged contrasts in the black and white photography. Poetic and hard edged in its presentation Red Shoes captures the exuberant and tragic tone ... Read more
Former cincmatographer Zhang Yimou makes an impressive directional debut with this lush rural epic based on renowned Shangdong author Mo Yan's short story. Set during the Sino-Japanese war in the barren wilderness of Northern China, it's the simple story of how an offscreen narrator's grandparents ... Read more
This film reveals what philosophers and poets have long wondered what do unicycles dream about on rainy days? Rcd, relegated to the discount section of a big-city bicycle shop, dreams of running off to the Circus where, while assisting Lumpy the clown, the unicycle saves the show. ... State of-the ... Read more
This explosive one hour documentary gives air to various positions on a topical, contentious issue the legal and civil rights of lesbians and homosexual men. Against the mounting concern and irrevocable, world-wide tragedy arising from the AIDS crisis and within the specific context of a historic ... Read more
The art life, it's just another way of saying the great life. ... Read more
From the moment a young couple move in and raise a family, to die time of old age and the end of life, this film is about the experiences of ... a wash-basin. - (CK) ... Read more
An ironical commentary on Christian Metz's attempt to formalize the language of film, exploiting an instant of a Hollywood Western. Eureka: “I was swimming in a pool, suddenly it went 'Bang!' and there was the finished film in my mind's eye.” ... Peter Tscherkassky, 17 mins, 1987/89, 16mm (S-8 ... Read more
Following last year's screening of Christian Blackwood's look at obsessive film random and star imagery My Life for Zarah Leander, we now present his latest documentary account of similarly cine-centric but significantly different drives and dreams. For the past two decades, Filipino filmmaker Lino ... Read more
In a public library, Sophia discovers an antiquarian volume called Snakes And Ladders. Through its pages she meets nine women between the ages of 16 and 92 who talk about their personal experience of education. ... The book contains animation, archival film and stills which come to life to present ... Read more
An alternative MTV music magazine produced in London for a US cable network (!) Snub TV features interviews with musicians, indy record company reps, D.J.s, record producers etc. and clips you won't see elsewhere, from the likes or "Leather Nun", "Swans", "The Wedding Present", “Tackhead" and ... Read more
This should be seen as a fragment of a larger, uncompleted project meant to contribute to the AIDS debate. Begun in'86 and called off in '87, the National Board of Health and Welfare of Sweden, having commissioned the film, can-ceiled production because it felt that certain scenes were too strong ... Read more
Independently produced as Walking on Water as an American Playhouse project, Stand and Deliver, emerges as neither exploitation dross nor action fodder despite the ambiguous title ... Rather it is a heartwarming message film set in the economically depressed barriers of East Los Angeles, an area ... Read more
A group of American tourists visit a Russian-like Disneyland wherein they physically interact with the famous Odessa Steps sequence from Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin. The scenes of tourists were shot and edited live, using a complex method of matting the videotape with film footage, there was ... Read more
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