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Films In 1991

London, 1961. Closets were closed, so were minds. Forty-five-year old Gerard wants to cel­ebrate his birthday with his lover, fifteen-year-old Ian. A private party turns nasty as homophobia and prejudice rear their head. Times haven't changed. Is this a nostalgia piece, or a direct response to ... Read more
... ... In the fight between the torturer and the tor­tured, the stake is never simple. It is not only that of revealing a secret, it is the loss of self-possession. Because torture aims to get hold of the secrets of speech, thought and body, every­thing becomes transparent. In this ... Read more
... ... This subtitled Welsh-language drama deals with a remembered childhood that is, if anything, more harrowing than those depicted by Bill Douglas or Terence Davies. The film is based on a tragic novel by Caradog Prichard, about a mother (Betsan Uwyd) driven to mad­ness and a boy (Tudor ... Read more
He's late home — again. She's lonely; she's fed up; she's got ambitions. She gets help from some big stars — Dionne Warwick, The Virgin Mary, a Living Barbie Doll and a Dominatrix... But what will they lead her to do? There's more cooking than just dinner. ... Read more
A subtle, restrained narrative with decidedly formal concerns. Set in a very unextraordinary environment, this film, rich with visual themes and motifs, examines personal feelings towards movement — to change. ... Read more
"Looking out of the window I began to notice strange things about the way in which plants moved. It seemed that there were patterns and discrete combinations of bobbing, swaying, rotating, fluttering, shimmering, thrashing, flopping, twitching and jiggling. These signs were not for me, but 1 am ... Read more
... ... If Ann Turner's Celia gave the mistaken impression that it examined the effects of a 1957 rabbit plague on a suburban Melbourne family, you would be forgiven for assuming Paris Trout's opening sequence foretold the drama of a community at the mercy of a rabies epidemic. Not so. This ... Read more
At the time of the revolution, Paris was still Medieval. Centuries later it was a 'model city', the yardstick by which other European cities were judged. On the occasion of the death of Baron Haussman, Francis Loyer, an art historian turned himself detective and combed the city for details that ... Read more
Have you ever wondered how that peg got into your Y-fronts? This light-hearted anima­tion explores the secret life of your washing basket, and the playful antics of some playful washing pegs. (SS) ... Read more
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A journey, knowing little, but with high hopes, towards a city we must reach - Philadelphia. ... Read more
Ten years after her book about the Sandinista revolution, Nicaragua (1981), Susan Meiselas returns to Nicaragua with filmmakers Richard P. Rogers and Alfred Guzzetti to find the people she photographed and ask them whether they thought the pain and sacrifice worthwhile. Needless to say, many of the ... Read more
In 1977 Canadian scientists decided to sacrifice one lake to study the effect of acid rain on the thousands of lakes spread across North America. Each year measured amounts of raw acid were dumped into the lake, leading to a rapid depletion of species at all levels of the food chain. Within seven ... Read more
A group of strange, disquieting images and sounds turn about in a subtly varied cycle: clouds, a nut being cracked, an obscure geolog­ical landscape, particles of matter, a face disfig­ured in graphics, exaggerated eating noises... and along with shots of open phones, hints of plots ... Read more
Using the story of Little Red Riding Hood as a starting point, this unusual animation tran­scends into a dark and bleak anomaly, of chaos, destruction and paranoia. A disturbing indictment of the 20th Century psyche. As the child narrator tells us, "If s not exactly Walt Disney". (AA) See also ... Read more
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Krysztof Wodiczko is an artist who does not dis­play his work in galleries but by using large for­mat slides to project his carefully constructed images on the facades of large public buildings, for all to see. He aims to engage the public by juxtaposing images and the environment/ ... Read more
Direct from its triumphant World Premiere in Cannes, where it was selected to open the Directors Fortnight and subsequently drew a rapturous standing ovation, Proof is a sensational debut for Melbourne-based writer/director Jocelyn Moorhouse and further vindication of the nurturing process of Film ... Read more
Puaniana is a portrait of the elegant and vener­ated Irmgard Farden Aluli, one of Hawaii's best loved composers. The name Puamana is central to Inngard's life — it is the name of the family homestead, of the Hawaiian musical group she formed with two daughters and a niece, and of her most ... Read more
The thoughts and feelings experienced while awaiting the results of an HIV test are vividly etched in this sharp, sensitive short. ... Read more
Roy and Janet are young, in love and have Downes syndrome. Together they fight for their rights to freedom of choice and self expression. This remarkable film was made with the involvement of the 'Free For AH' Drama Group. (JB) ... Read more
The writing and rehearsal of a publicly commissioned requiem are interrupted by the arrival of a strange woman with an urgent private commission. An accomplished short film, reminiscent of the art cinema of Paul Cox in its themes and style. (F.F) ... Read more
A poetic examination of what "resonates" from a gay bashing, unravelling the social scriptions of power and meaning on the body, through close-ups of gestures, various forms of dance and interior monologues. ... Read more
In a lonely place, a man and woman meet, time and time again. Love...Mystery...Fate. Chester Dent's graduation work from the National Film School in London is hypnotic. Liam Nee­son stars in this journey of unrequited passion and desire. (LJ) ... Read more
Meet Rex, a potential kiddy TV hero (and a very naughty pup). ... Read more
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