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Films In 1993

Are we what we underwear? Highly stylised in its approach, Brief Secrets enters the personal worlds of five unusual characters who talk about the meaning of their underwear. ... Read more
Joanna Quinn of Girl's Night Out and Body Beautiful fame, uses her distinctively beautiful drawing style to produce this short history of England as a rapacious imperialistic bulldog. ... Read more
A merchant ship slowly steams towards the Queensland coast. On board a dying sailor, Max, asks a young colleague, Angel, to take care of some unfinished business; to return a package to someone he calls 'The Deadman', back in his idyllic hometown of Honeyfield. "This is what he's been waiting for ... Read more
Atom Egoyan, (The Adjuster, Family Viewing, Next of Kin, Speaking Path, seen at previous MFFs) has departed from his usual urban-based, psychological concerns and journeyed to his ancestral homeland of Armenia to shoot Calendar, a low budget meditation on the nature of separation and national ... Read more
Gangsta chic, violence and nihilism, the hard edge of Rap and Ragga increasingly dominates the image of black popular culture. Director Isaac Julian (Looking For Langston, Young Soul Rebels) and the Black Audio Film Collective bring their combined talents to this intelligent and provocative ... Read more
The setting is the Estonian capital Tallinn, which is celebrating its new-found independence. A billion dollars in gold bullion, hidden in Paris since the Nazis invaded the tiny Baltic state in 1940, is finally being returned under the watchful eyes of the local media and the nation's proud ... Read more
A camera scoots around empty rooms, career­ing in and out of windows, threatening to end its trajectory by stepping out into the void, by looking too far. The rooms shift from colour to black & white. Outside is all concrete grey, inside a monitor flickers absently. Kalin's stark and lyrical ... Read more
Director Tom Tykwer's debut feature is a fresh shot in the arm for recent independent German filmmaking. A macabre mix of the hyperreal laced with a dose of black humour, Deadly Maria is a psychodrama with all the repressed urgency of a Hitchcock thriller. ... Maria is a woman whose cramped petit ... Read more
Director Tom Tykwer's debut feature is a fresh shot in the arm for recent indepen­dent German filmmaking. A macabre mix of the hyperreal laced with a dose of black humour, Deadly Maria is a psychodrama with all the repressed urgency of a Hitchcock thriller. ... Maria is a woman whose cramped ... Read more
America's Most Wanted. The target of one of the most intensive manhunts in FBI history was shot to death in suspicious circumstances, his body mutilated and burnt beyond recognition. What crime had decorated World War II veteran and North Dakota farmer, Gordon Kahl, committed to unleash such fatal ... Read more
Amber is bored with her forthcoming debutant ball. Why not substitute her 'friend' at the party? A stylish fable of class and awakening sexuality, shot with a remarkable economy of means and a macabre sensibility reminiscent of The Company of Wolves. ... Read more
Diablo Is Done For is a drama designed for use to encourage the provision of support and assistance for victims of child sexual abuse, as well as to challenge community attitudes towaids children and their families where child abuse is a problem. Diablo Is Done For is a sensitive, vibrant and ... Read more
Alzheimers has almost become an 'OK' disease to joke about, being quite fondly referred to and demonstrated by 'dotty' TV relatives (Mother and Son, Absolutely Fabulous). Schatzman uses the quality of forgetfulness as a more sombre tool in his caustic political view of the United States' progress ... Read more
From the cryptic pen of Todd (Poison) Haynes, Dottie Gets Spanked explores the depths of a young boy's imagination via his obsession with a trashy 60s TV comedy. When young Steven wins a contest to visit the set and meet his idol Dottie, little does he know that his illusions are about to crumble ... Read more
The all-singing, all-dancing, Takarazuka Revue is one of Japan's foremost musical extravaganzas, with lascivious sets, classically romantic Broadway style shows and an all female cast. The stars of the show, the young women chosen to play the 'male' leads, attain the status of pop icons with ... Read more
From the dripping tap to the end of the universe - unless! Watch this space. ... Read more
The dilemmas of love, sex and procreation (and a life-threatening pancake) conspire to break up Harry and Louise's marriage. This is a rapid-fire romp in the style of a '30s Hollywood screwball comedy. A well-crafted and very witty view of 'baby-having-anxiety'. ... Read more
An English seaside resort. It's the early 60s and 'out-of-season.' Millie is a seven year old who shares a rambling boarding house with her sin­gle mother and several elderly 'theatrical' resi­dents. Millie finds a key in the house and searches for a lock for it to fit. It opens an old ... Read more
This new work by former Erwin Rado award-winner (Long Shadows, 1992) is a masterpiece of over a decade's worth of concentrated experimentation into the boundaries of possibility in optical printing and motorised matte-box techniques. Returning again to Sydney Harbour and its environs, Winkler has ... Read more
An audition for a young actress takes an inter­esting turn as her innermost thoughts and fears are brought to the surface by an inquisitive director. A simple yet stunning film that takes an interesting view of acting and highlights the impersonal aspect of the audition process. ... Read more
By way of his clever use of rotoscoped images, Michael Dwass explores the relationship between remembered or imagined images with the realities of the present. The action is set somewhere on Lower Manhattan and has all the flavour of the individual isolated in a big metropolis. ... Read more
Everyday Echo Street is a very personal and idiosyncratic portrait of the filmmaker's relationships and experiences in Highland Park, a working class neighbourhood she has lived in since 1981. The style is both conversational and anecdotal. Mogul combines documentary and diaristic footage and ... Read more
Mysterious-voiced folk-singer Nadezhda Ivanova is big in Bulgaria but, at least until this vibrant, hilarious film, unknown in Australia. ... She writes to Maria, inner-urban sophisti­cate and total stranger, in an attempt to set up a Sydney gig for her ancient tradition of song. An ... Read more
Roebourne (W.A.) came to national attention in the mid-eighties when 16-year-old John Pat was killed in police custody. It was the outcry that protested the acquittal (by an all-white jury) of five policeman that provided the single greatest spur for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in ... Read more
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