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Films In 1989

Seasick on Dry Land (Ilana Shulman, 1989)
A strange, impressionistic speculation upon survivng the Holocaust and just existing in New York today. Told mostly via a woman's voice over, the past and present merge in a tapestry of haunting soun… Read more

SECRET WEDDING (Alejandro Agresti, 1989)
SECRET WEDDING, which won the Golden Calf Prize at last year's Dutch Film Awards, confirms Agresti as one of the emerging talents of Argentinian cinema. Based in Holland, but returning to Argentina t… Read more

Sex Rules (Pip Karmel, 1989)
School.. . Staying cool.. . Friends .. Fights...Periods... Pain Boys Crushes Sex...and AIDS.. What's a girl to do? ... Read more

Shadow Panic (Margot Nash, 1989)
Three women, all strangers, synchronistically move through their separate, yet interconnected worlds. They introduce each other via the gaze of the last character and a relay of images is created wit… Read more

SIDEWALK STORIES (Charles Lane, 1989)
ONE OF THE REAL SURPRISES of last ... year's Cannes Film Festival was Charles ... Lane's Sidewalk Stories, a silent, low- ... budget black and white film which evokes the ... great silent comedy trad… Read more

SILENT SCREAM (David Hayman, 1989)
BRITISH FILMS based on literary texts and prison-bound dramas are familiar items ... on the filmgoer's agenda. Yet Silent ... Scream, a British film based around the true life and writings of Larry W… Read more

Sinistre (Nikola Caro, 1989)
A high contrast black and white short comedy from New Zealand about a strange family in which the term Sinistre takes on its ancient meaning: "to be middle aged and left-handed". Mrs Stubbs has no ri… Read more

Sparks (Robert Klenner, 1989)
Chaos, insomnia, labels, medication, institutionalisation and everyone washing their own cups are only some of the themes which figure in this very different view of group living. ... Sparks takes an… Read more

SPEAKING PARTS (Atom Egoyan, 1989)
... ... Writer and director Atom Egoyan's third and most recent film comes to us direct from its world premiere in the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. It explores territory that wil… Read more

Start From Scratch (Zinoviy (Zorro) Gamarnick, 1989)
As the title suggests, an animated scratch film. A moving, jiving and jumping series of scratched images set to pop music. ... Read more

Stille Nacht (Brothers Quay, 1989)
The mysterious Brothers Quay turn their hand to advertising. Not suprismgty, the result is far from your average (M)TV spot.- (TB) ... Read more

Stop Sobbing, Hermann (Margret Run, 1989)
"Germans have many problems. One of them is that they don't like German films and my film is considered German", writes Icelandic director Margret Run. ... Hermann has a problem, he is extremely shy … Read more

STORIES FROM CUSCATLAN (Peter Chappell, 1989)
... ... The horror of El Salvador is often expressed in numbers of dead, tortured or disappeared which cannot easily be translated into the fates of individuals. Stories From Cuscatlan gives us a gli… Read more

Storm in a Teacup (Stuart McDonald, 1989)
Frieda seems to have a spark in her eye as she heads off to the local swimming pool. She meets with friend Cecil, but their pleasure is interrupted by some snoops from the croquet club (to which Cec … Read more

STRANGERS IN PARADISE (Tom Zubrycki, Gil Scrine, 1989)
... ... ParadIse in Australia 1988, in multicoloured and multicultural party mood. The strangers are 12 passengets from a Qantas flight into paradise. They've come from America and Britain to explore… Read more

Suburban Encounters (Jo Bell, 1989)
... ... Jesus Christ, suburban Melbourne and bum marks beside the Yarra River are related. Furthermore, we have been visited by Martians and there are some amongst us who will one day rise up, leadin… Read more

Summer Days (Caroline Link, 1989)
Two German boys and their mother are on summer holiday in Sweden and an older girl who is a family friend comes to stay. She seems suddenly all grown up, but although the younger brother is happy to … Read more

Sun, Moon and Feather (Bob Rosen, Jane Zipp, 1989)
Three sisters, whose father was an American Indian, who lived their lives in down town New York and converted to Judaism are sure to present their life stories with an air of theatricality. And that … Read more

SUNLESS DAYS (Shu Kei, 1989)
When director Shu Kei was invited to contribute an episode to a weekly television documentary series for Japan's NHK Television, he proposed a documentary on Hou Dejian, the singer/song-writer who de… Read more

SURNAME VIET, GIVEN NAME NAM (Trin T. Minh-ha, 1989)
A literate, rewarding work of surprising emotional power, writer-director Trin T. Minh-ha's latest film analyses Vietnamese culture by concentrating on the history of its women in both Vietnam and th… Read more

Tales from the Vienna Hoods (Marcus Bergner, 1989)
This bioptic experimental animation incorporates stroboscopic effects and live animation. The after-images/effects are those of a Rorschach ink blot test mixed with the art of modern cinema. The film… Read more

Teenage Babylon (Graeme Wood, 1989)
A haunting false documentary about teenage suicide in the 1960s. Using reconstructed black and white footage of police file photos of the period, accompanied by melancholy 60s love songs, the film pa… Read more

The Big End (David Caesar, 1989)
Don is a suburban hero who only wants to fix the big end on his Holden and take his girlfriend up North, but his dreams are upset by his pragmatism. He progressively loses everything, decides to sell… Read more

The Broadcast Ban (, 1989)
A year on from the Broadcast Ban, we look at what it has meant for television, from regional news to arts programmes. Of particular relevance to Behind The Mask. ... Read more

The Brooch Pin and the Sinful Clasp (Joanna Woodward, 1989)
Breaking all the rules and employing almost every animation technique available from plasticine models to paper cut-outs, director Woodward has devised both a Gothic and witty film. ... Jumbling live… Read more

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