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Films In 1993

This kaleidoscope of animation techniques combining drawings, 2-D puppets, rotoscoping, object animation, cel animation and clay painting is an innovative animation-documentary that explores the realities of prison life. ... Both Priestley and Gratz are consummate animation artists and this follow ... Read more
Bryan Singer's debut feature (a controversial Co-winner Grand Jury Prize 1993 Sundance Film Festival) is an edgy tale of the seething morass lurking beneath seamless surfaces, whether they be of small-town American values, the myopic media, or handsome flesh. ... Mysterious stranger, Whiley ... Read more
Picture a group of schoolchildren eating their lunch around a table. Within seconds a cloud of thick white smoke (DDT) engulfs them. Some of the images in this film will rock the sensibilities of the average 1990s person, but in 1950, Rachael Carson was one of the first people to question the ... Read more
Is Rap the Devil's music, mindless and often unintelligible, or a dangerous battle cry for increasingly tribalised and disaffected Black American youth? In the case of the early 80s release of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's The Message, it is none of these; it's a warning. It warns of ... Read more
This witty barrage of sexual diversity and media mayhem juxtaposes gay self-perception with the view from outside. The control exercised by the media over all aspects of contemporary society is cleverly iampooned via a computer-generated terrain of news flashes, commercials and scrambled ... Read more
An eloquent portrayal of a 'one parent family' meeting the Welfare Warfare State . ... Read more
"A road movie that goes nowhere, a love story without the love, a crime story without a crime." ... Borne out of the energy-sapping heat of the Florida suburban swamps, River Of Grass is a sly and knowing revisionist take on the B-movie tradition. Like the relentless Miami sun on the tawdry tract ... Read more
"A road movie that goes nowhere, a love story without the love, a crime story with­out a crime" ... Borne out of the energy-sapping heat of the Florida suburban swamps, River of Grass is a sly and knowing revisionist take on the B-movie tradition. Like the relentless Miami sun on the tawdry ... Read more
This dazzling feature documentary captures the incredible ceremony and cruelty of what is decried by much of the world as a bloodthirsty spectacle: the bull fight. ... A kaleidoscope of the traditions, customs and religious symbolism Romance in Valencia examines the cult of the bull, the world of ... Read more
A wonderfully expressive character study exhibiting a thoughtfulness and concern for real life rare in American cinema, Ruby In Paradise rewards the care put into it and the patience it asks of audiences. After an eight-year layoff from filmmaking (after Gal Young 'Un and A Flash Of Green), Victor ... Read more
MFF's '91's Grand Prix winner Su Friedrich's (Sink or Swmi) latest film is a slyly subversive take on dominant male car culture and the dif­ficulty of carving out a feminine or lesbian space within its over-arching discourse. Friedrich combines footage of a 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser ... Read more
Two soldiers come across an old man in the desert whom they attempt to interrogate. His lack of cooperation by means of absolute silence provokes disastrous results for the soldiers who fail to recognise the strength of the will to resist. ... Read more
Through the personal moral confusion and conflicts of a young idealistic police officer, Salween highlights the terrible killing and lawlessness of the Thai-Burma border. A conflict that stretches back to when Burma achieved independence without first having found an acceptable solution to the ... Read more
Since the Chinese occupied independent Tibet in 1950, more than one million people have been tortured, executed or starved to death for their role in the demonstrations against Chi­nese occupation. ... Tibetan Buddhist nuns have taken the lead in this resistance by fearlessly staging courageous ... Read more
The saga of a budding stand-up comic. But there's not much to laugh about when you come from 'the wrong side of Eden', and your brother has a blossoming drug addiction. This film traverses the difficulties experienced as a family falls apart and shows that the conundrum of family habits is as ... Read more
Schramm is a guilty pleasure, a dark secret that many viewers may not admit to being ghoulishly mesmerised by. Rather than a direct descendant of almost three decades of exploitation cinema and Z-grade horror, Schramm is frequently enticing, poetic and cer­tainly genuinely chilling. ... Read more
Set in the industrial heartland of Melbourne's Western suburbs, See Jack Run is a relevant and interesting film dealing with the difficulties faced by seventeen year old Brian Johnson as a result of an inadequate education and his family's illegal activities. Trapped within a system which fails to ... Read more
Immobilized by a shattered back, Frank lies pinned under the decomposing body of his wife Mavis, and is forced to re-evaluate his relationship with her as his love turns to revulsion and hatred. Such ghastly and tragic circumstances, though handled with supreme sensitivity, create an inspired ... Read more
When Mark Massi and Tom Joslin discovered they both were infected with the HIV/AIDS virus, Tom decided to document the progress of the disease on videotape. Joined by longtime friend Peter Friedman, who ultimately finished the film, they have produced a devastatingly real chronicle. If, up to this ... Read more
A wondrous fable about two African children, a lion cub and their quest for freedom from slavery, Sirga takes the old-fashioned animal adventure into the realm of magic realism, moving freely between breathtaking action, dreamlike incident and traditional folklore. With a simplicity and immediacy ... Read more
A writer of popular romances is frustrated when her characters assume their own lifestyle and destiny. In a surprising twist, however, erything turns out for the best in a typical Mills and Boon ending. Beautifully drawn with just the right amount of pastel colours. ... Read more
This visually freewheeling and quietly vicious concoction of soundscape, jump-cuts and 70s family values is a drama with not so much a twist in its tale as a total dislocation. Supposedly based on true events, the story springs straight from the pages of Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to ... Read more
Maxime is a 40-year-old three-pack-a-day Parisian gumshoe whose personal life is as loose fitting as her wardrobe. Freewheeling, tough and independent, she travels solo with the odd sojourn in the sack with various young men and occasionally women. But her (low) lifestyle without strings runs into ... Read more
In Sonatine writer/director/editor/star 'Beat' Takeshi consolidates his position as the most original, idiosyncratic and poetic exponent of the gangster film working anywhere in the world today. After the wistful Scene at the Sea, the ironically titled Sonatine returns — with a vengeance ... Read more
With the revenge of the bad girl invading just about every sub-pop cultural milieu in the white world at present, Mara Mattuschka shows us how B-grade movie mythologies, and what can only be described as eco-surrealist feminist anarchy, can gel to create a disturbing and hilarious poetic satire of ... Read more
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