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Films In 1989

The odyssey of an incidental tourist on the way to becoming another accidental tourist. Concisely and freshly combines elements of the road movie, the home movie, the newsreel and the travelogue. ... Read more
ALL BAR ONE of Hou Hsiao-hsien's films have screened at previous Melbourne Film Festivals. This year, the Festival is proud to present Hou's most recent film, winner of the Golden Lion at last year's Venice film Festival, and to welcome the director as a Festival guest. ... A City Of Sadness ... Read more
Before they put on the wrong trousers, Wallace and Gromit were building a rocket to the moon - before lunch. Of course this requires extensive care, along with cups of tea and plenty of cream crackers. While the rocket plans are flawed, A Grand Day Out definitely launched both Nick Park's career ... Read more
A Chinese artist comes to England after the massacre in Tiananmen Square full of hope for his new life in the West, but he finds it hard to come to terms with leaving China. Despite the efforts of his English girlfriend to help him, he finds the gestures of sympathy patronising and his art ... Read more
Benning's dazzling first work began as a bedroom exper­iment with the PXL 2000. A pastiche of image and sound fast becomes a lucid commentary on adolescent isola­tion in a poor Milwaukee neighbourhood. Viewing her room through a snow dome—in what may be the most oblique and profound ... Read more
An impressive debut animation from Andrew Horne, adapted from a story by Olga Masters. ... Every Thursday, Maud plays hostess to her four friends from Every Street, Lilyfield - amongst them, Irene who has a passion for rats. Together, Irene, Maud, Vera and Mabel assert their geriatocracy as seen ... Read more
A female baseball fan examines her obsession with the game, along psycho-sexual lines. Vanalyne Green appropriates the all-male arena of pro baseball to create an hilarious visual essay about family, loss and sexuality. ... Confronted with such a wonderland, devoid of all women, Green is compelled ... Read more
PUPI AVATI SPECIALIZES IN COMEDIES, often with large groups of people. His latest, A Story of Boys And Girls, is one of his best: a wholly delightful film that engages the audience to join in the engagement celebrations of a city boy and a country girl in the winter of 1936. ... The traditional ... Read more
A cunning storyteller presents a curious tale of blackmail to two friends invited to lunch. As the story unwinds we realise that the blackmail plot is merely a cover-up for a far more sinister plot involving revenge and murder. This fast-paced, ironic black comedy provides the spectator with a ... Read more
In the process of (representing an ordinary woman's life, this film explores questions of identity, representation and truth. In paying homage to the small moment, the snapshot, the ordinary; the film develops images of memory and mortality. - Alison Tilson ... Read more
Centered around Charlie Gaul's victory in the 1956 Tour de France this lyrical film explores mythologies, both personal and collective, that have grown up around this event and the nature of the myth itself.- (PH) ... Read more
The ritual of eating is dissected and examined from the point of view of childhood memory. A plate of spaghetti is transformed into an anthropomorphic entity and the family gathered for dinner becomes a psychological battleground. - (SC) ... Read more
Well known US comedian/actor Robin Williams is turned into an animated character who takes us on a tour Back To Neverland. Classic characters Peter Pan and Tinkerbell feature in this Walt Disney production which is as timeless as its characters. ... Back To Neverland is included in this program ... Read more
Five figures move upon a floating platform trying to maintain their balance. This breathtaking short won this year's Academy Award for Best Animation.- (TB) ... Read more
A report from London, Italy and America on the international controversy stirred up by two new posters in the immensely successful multi-racial Benetton advertising campaign. Accused of being both too reactionary and too progressive, and withdrawn at a cost of millions of pounds, we look at where ... Read more
Bet you didn't know the Chinese had both newsreels and rock'n'roll bands! This example of a Chinese featurette (competently dubbed into English) chronicles the history of the country's leading power trio, Big Character Poster, (the true inventors of punk rock). ... Denounced in 1966 as decadent ... Read more
The social maelstrom of possibly the century's most thoroughly revolutionary decade is divertingly depicted in a boy-meets-girl, girl-gets-pregnant scenario. What our beehive-crowned heroine has gestating inside her is no less than the epoch itself, causing the whole riotous barrage of the period's ... Read more
Graham Chase's just completed new doco is a fascinating episode from the continuing saga of the Philipine revolution. It's subject is one Bemabe Buscayno, alias Kommanda Dante, a life-time friend of Ninoy Aquino, and founder member of the NPA (New People's Army). Arrested m the manhunt that also ... Read more
“Only the Japanese - perhaps only Imamura - could have made a film in which the bomb at Hiroshima is simply the starting point for an unforgiving critique of Japanese society itself.” - Chicago Sun-Times Everyone now knows what happened on the morning of 6 August 1945 in Hiroshima, which makes ... Read more
In American movies, nasty things often lurk beneath the calm surface of the American small town. With the help of David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks), Joe Dante (Gremlins) and David Thomson (Suspects), we probe behind the white picket fences - and discover that it all starts with It's A Wonderful ... Read more
A film about people who touch dead bodies. Morticians, embalmers, grave diggers, nurses and others describe their work in 'a down to earth manner'. The filmmakers describe it as a 'layperson's guide to the crafts of embalming and autopsy ... (which) investigates and revels in the most taboo of ... Read more
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The members of this family have two things in common; one, they cannot communicate with each other, and two, they all love Bonza. This is a frantically paced comedy about the trials of an Australian household seen through the eyes of the family dog. ... Is Dad having an affair? Will his toupe fall ... Read more
MEREDITH MONK'S post-modern filmic fresco is a rich and haunting reinvention of medieval life that never loses its contemporary perspective. ... The demolition of an ancient stone building in the here and now suddenly blasts us back to a then and there where long-robed men and women glide through a ... Read more
Pixillated film from the point of view of a fighter pilot flying toward its target...a peasant woman digging potatoes. ... Read more
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