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Films In 1990

The quintessential American independent filmmaker, Jon Jost is a one-man-hand, directing, writing, shooting, editing and usually marketing his films - all on an absolute shoestring. He's been doing it since 1973 when the landmark first feature Speaking Directly was released. Sure Fire is his ... Read more
A short film that recreates a home video view of lingering domestic tragedy. The realism that home video presents is captured in strong performances and evocative cinematography. Carefully observed constructions of seemingly unedited and unsteady home video make you wonder whether the domestic ... Read more
The last day of the chalkies - before computerisation. ... Read more
The Torres Strait Islanders are Australia's "other" indigenous minority. Unlike the Aborigines, little was heard of them until 1988 when they made a brief claim for independence. Since first contact with whites in 1871, they have been controlled by benign but effective colonisers, which has left ... Read more
Tea and Pictures evokes the working relationship and friendship of two Australian artists, Thea Proctor and Margaret Preston. ... Set in Sydney spanning the period 1923-33, the two collaborate on Home magazine, make prints and exhibit together. Their alliance was brought to an abrupt end in 1925 ... Read more
In this stylish deadpan comedy a teenage couple, led by an eager friend who fancies himself as a news photographer, ride the subway to the outskirts of New York City to get an exclusive story on a man who is out to commit suicide by setting himself on fire. The man's story becomes entangled with ... Read more
WHAT BETTER WAY to close the festival than with a sneak preview of a new Melbourne-produced comedy? Nadia Tass and David Parker follow Malcolm and Rikhj and Pete with The Big Steal, a wickedly funny joy-ride through Melbourne suburbia which puts the Australian teen movie on the map, and then some ... Read more
The Big Wish is a modern fairytale which deals with the enchanted world of fairies and goblins. ... Fairy law decrees that they must give away seven wishes to human beings every hundred years or they will lose their magical powers. Prince Wilton is sent to Earth to dispose of the wishes, but the ... Read more
The extraordinary biographical details (aged and ill white mother/ young black daughter retired from a modelling career) seem the stuff that only fiction could contrive; instead they build a revealing and painfully ironic truth as the filmmaker traces the parallel life stories of herself and her ... Read more
The Bus Stops Here is an experimental narrative about two women who struggle to represent their lives. The authority structures of Narrative, the Family and The Medical Profession intercede to wrest power from the women. ... Read more
A mischievous cat meets a trapeze artist in the most unusual place. ... Read more
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Something is off balance here, quite intentionally. This quirky, playful psychological thriller - the story of an ordinary English couple lured into the sumptuous home and sinister clutches of a Venetian husband and wife - is the product of a collaboration made in the Twilight Zone. ... A chilling ... Read more
One could imagine a Hollywood version of The Company of Strangers, in which the cast would include several well-known stars, most of whom would not be old themselves, and in which there would undoubtedly be a male characteracting as a catalyst for the action. The women would have to overcome ... Read more
"It's a girl!" With these words, with a single chromosome, the fate of a female is sealed. ... Over the next 40 years, little Stephanie Lewis will learn everone else's view of what those words mean - from angelic virgin to subservient lover to source of comic relief - at the expense of the one ... Read more
The Superwoman - her image is everywhere. She is there on billboards, in magazines, she flows through television and film. She is ever present in our imaginations. This 5'10", 35-24-35 mirage, with drop dead good looks and legs that go on forever, is the latest corporate incarnation of the female ... Read more
It was while shooting My Left Foot that director Jim Sheridan re-read a play called "The Field". Ray McAnally, the actor who portrayed Christy Brown's father, had once played the lead role on stage and was eager for an opportunity to bring it to the screen. Sadly, when Sheridan and producer Noel ... Read more
Like all of writer-director Derek Jarman's previous films, The Garden is an innovative and controversial piece of work; provocative, sensual, and highly original in its play of image and sound. ... Set in the symbolically suggestive garden and surrounding headland of Jarman's Dungeness home, it ... Read more
Raul Ruiz is undeniably a unique figure in world cinema. With well over 40 films to his credit since he began his career in 1968 in Chile, Ruiz has been acclaimed as one of the most inventive & transgressive visual stylists of our time. Watching a Ruiz film is almost a crash course in film history ... Read more
Going for broke in the land of opportunity and hard knacks; The Heck with Hollywood vividly captures the grit, passion and perserverence of a trio of first-time filmmakers. ... From freezing nights on location to staging a world premiere in a midwestern shopping mall, the film offers an engrossing ... Read more
Sue Clayton's bitter-sweet comedy is an adaption of an Elizabeth Jolly story, with a fine performance by Kerry Walker as Arm Sweeney, her "cleaner with a conscience" whose selfhess generosity to her kids (a surly delinquent played by Noah Taylor and a directionless daughter who wants everyone to be ... Read more
When Australian newsreel No. 2032 hits the screen on Opening Night the festival audience will witness the end on an era. But this 'curtain call' for the Australian Newsreel tradition, which officially ceased in 1975, actually represents the first stage of the $4 million, five-year operation of the ... Read more
The Last Tall Forests is an inspirational journey into the tall forests of South West Tasmania. From the vantage point of the wedge-tailed eagle soaring above the tree tops, to the close-up world of insects and furry mites, every level of forest life is explored. A custom-designed tracking system ... Read more
In Burkina Faso, the concept of honour is essential in the structure of traditional societies. It rules over any notion of family, of blood. . . "Ya tilai", that is the law. . . ... From the director of Yabba, and direct from the Cannes Film Festival where it shared the Grand Prix for best film, we ... Read more
A comedy about childhood fears set in Australia in 1967. Following the disappearance of the Beaumont children, Colin is warned at home and at school about a malevolent stranger who has attempted to abduct children. Colin believes he is being shadowed by the man in the blue and white holden - but ... Read more
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