Skip to main content

Films In 1992

A film for those who follow the advtce "Keep out of reach of children" — it cuts both ways. ... Read more
Jonah Brack, the 21-year-old son of a wealthy family, seems to have it all. So why does he leave it all behind with a sunkissed goodbye? A French anthropologist comes to Australia to ask just this question. Seen through his eyes, the film is an outsider's attempt to understand Australia's beach ... Read more
In a feudal society a young woman attempts to keep her identity. ... Heavily symbolic, the animator plays with different rhythms and graphic styles. ... Read more
"When the film starts you will see a woman's face and hear a man's voice." In one simple continuous shot director Rachel Davis chal­lenges and redefines the question, fiction or documentary? Speaking an-others voice, appropriating another's experience of abuse, leads the issues of gender ... Read more
... ... This first feature by Tom Kalin is a styhsh, fanciful and challenging interpretation of the lives of Chicago's favourite lovers and murderers, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. ... ... ... In 1924, during the heady days of Prohibi­tion, suffragettes and newly-published works by Freud and ... Read more
When the bell rings, a signal of sight and sound of "Suad Pan Yak" (a chant from the Sukhothai period — about 800 years ago) spreads all over the land. Someone has his own Nirvana... ... What would happen if doctrines, pravers and rituals were combined with modern tech­nology, a totally ... Read more
Separation, journey and coming back. An impressionistic account of an Aboriginal woman growing up in a non-Aboriginal family learning how fear and shame pass from one generation to the next, from one culture to another. ... Read more
Tessa is 13 years old and 'kinda fat', something which is not a problem for her but seems to be a problem for everyone else. Tessa has no problem accepting herself but ponders the question "How do you get other people to?" ... Read more
Thank God I'm A Lesbian is both the vigorous affirmation of lesbian sexuality that its title promises, and a remarkably honest and entertaining examination of the diversity of lesbian identity. ... Pacy and intelligent, this mix of interviews, contemporary and archival footage (which won best ... Read more
A museum warder's observations and fan­tasies of a 19th century painting 'Scene On the Coast of Africa'. The painting comes to life pre­senting a lurid re-interpretation. A new film from Issac Julien — the director of Young Soul Rebels, and the prize-winning Looking for Langston. ... Read more
Tracey has a cigarette and dances to a jazz solo. She gets a nosebleed. Her boyfriend comes home. Two people hear news of a friend's affair. A fleeting moment; a peek in a neighbours win­dow, or just another wild night in Toronto? ... Read more
... ... Little Samaneh lives with her mother in a one-room apartment and frequently must accom­pany her to her job in a garment factory, where she acts like the wilful pre-schooler she is. Moth­er fulfils a dream by buying Samaneh a pair of shiny red boots, one of which is immediately lost ... Read more
Georgian writer-director Otar Iossehani, long based in France, looks at the fast disappearing world of European aristocracy in this enchanting and elliptical comedy. ... Two elderly White Russian ladies are living in a chateau of more than decaying grandeur, full of memories and momentos. Vivacious ... Read more
Is there more to life than being in a gang, being chased by one or a bit of both? Tarn, a thirteen-year-old growing up in the slums of Glasgow in the early 70s, confronts this question, with a little assistance from the-local mystic. ... Read more
When Carver came into Anna's life she thought she'd met her match. They were both obsessed by detail. She's an architect. He's a plastic sur­geon. They both would have died for perfec­tion. Now Anna has made her mind up. It will be messy, and she hates messes. But she has to cut him out of ... Read more
This new film from the director of Man Facing SouthEast centres on Oliverio, a man prone to sudden fits of poetry yet curiously lacking any underlying feeling. Oliverio is in search of that elusive, special love — the one that will make him soar — something of a contradiction in a ... Read more
Shumchi Nagasaki, (whose chilling Super-8 feature. Heart Beating in the Dark, screened at MFF 88) has been described as the 'Japanese Chabrol'. He shares with the French filmmaker a preference for crime stories with a psychological bent, as well as an inconspicuous style: no large signs only ... Read more
Based on the story by Franz Kafka. An old man waits in a room while somebody repeatedly attempts to enter. Eventually, the door is forced open and a young man enters. The old man is resigned. He takes a small suitcase and leaves the room while the young man makes himself at home. Such is the cycle ... Read more
Jamie's a very pissed off kid, drifting between domestic violence and the streets of an unfriendly city. But he's a fighter and a survivor and he's armed with a walkman. Tin teenage accessory becomes a powerful vveapon when he uses it to document the violence being inflicted on his mother by her ... Read more
... ... Melbourne documentarist Peter Tammer's film about legendary local actor, film-buff, broadcaster and teacher John Flaus screens here at the Festival as a work-in-progress. ... Tammer uses clips from numerous Aus­tralian films in which John has appeared, as well as verite-style sequences ... Read more
One of the most stunningly bizarre, original and flooringly funny films seen in years, Yuri Obitani's The Hair Opera is the story of the infatution of a young filmmaker with an artist and their shared obsession: hair! Obitani himself plays the filmmaker who sees an exhibition by Yosefu Kosuzu ... Read more
Very lush and with plenty of bite, this great looking film documents the death (and bizarre post-death surgery) of Percy Byshe Shelley (you know, the poet!). Set to Shelley's sprawling 'Ode to the West Wind' the film reflects the rich­ness of his work, its powerful and insightful imagery and ... Read more
An illustrated recording of a survivor's testi­mony. ... Read more
... ... Gently humorous, with the pleasing simplicity of a fable, The Jar seems an unlikely candidate for the harsh censorship that saw it banned in its own country for three years. Yet director Ebrahim Forouzesh's hallmark style-where every detail is emotionally resonant and from the smallest ... Read more
Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director