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Films In 1994

A strong new addition to the growing Melbourne school of animated social realism. The film views one man's rage against age with powerful poetry. ... Read more
Fragments of Grandmother is a beautifully crafted film dealing with the fragments of our lives, our families, our memories, our words, our thoughts and our possessions, and ultimately how these strands of our everyday interaction are drawn together at the time of a family death. ... Inspirational ... Read more
... ... The Walt Disney Company became the embodiment of family entertainment with its classic animated features during the 1930s, '40s and '50s. This team of creative artists trans­formed what had been a medium of relatively crude cartoons into lasting and universally applauded cinematic art ... Read more
From the moment light suffuses the screen, director Boaz Yakin transforms what could have been just another gritty, urban scenario into something mystical and enduring. Reimagining the 'ghetto' genre from the ground up, this mature debut feature leaves aside the romanticised glamour of poverty and ... Read more
The film is a melting pot of post-post-modernists elements, its boiling plot set in a New York City of the near Future. A couple, Shareen (Sarita Choudhury - Mississippi Masala) and Claire, are raising their daughter in a converted garage crammed with the cast-off artifacts of a consumer-crazy ... Read more
Much darker and quirkier than his previous film, the director of Hear My Song has cre­ated a truly marvellous comedy that manages to be a wildly comedic tale about the search for comic invention and a blithely twisted medita­tion on the nature of its genius. ... There are two types of ... Read more
A pastoral fantasy of a world which never existed, but remains an ideal in many people's hopes. ... Read more
Guernica once epitomized civilian suffering in twentieth-century warfare. Using Picasso's celebrated work as a reference point, this film evokes a contemporary world in which civil strife and distress can no longer be defined by any single conflict, place or point in time. ... Read more
Gorgeous follows the perils of Hermoine the Modern Girl as she tackles plastic surgery, beauty therapy and bulimia in a feral fit of inadequacy, brought on by her evil inner voice, Deirdre the bad fairy. Kaz Cooke's popular comic stop character comes to life! ... Read more
The simple pleasures of growing food in the gar­den are shown to be beautiful as well as practi­cal in this evocative hand drawn pastel animation. ... Read more
When photographer Nina Davenport won a scholarship to travel to India she had no intentions of making a film. But just in case, she added an old silent movie camera and a profes­sional walkman to her suitcase of stills cameras. The result is Helio Photo, a diary film of her travels around India ... Read more
By engraving images from Gustav Doré's 19th-century woodblock engravings of Dante's Divine Comedy directly onto the surface of 35mm filmstock the film follows the poet Dante as he is taken through the gates of the city of Desolation and into the centre of Hell. ... What he sees is not simply an ... Read more
Three generations of a family are confined into an exiled space. Sealed in their living room they watch the bombing of Baghdad and their old home on the television. ... A subtle insight into differing concepts of home and family dynamics during the Gulf War. ... Read more
The mother of all natural disasters might well be the collision of the Earth with a large asteroid. Thousands of these huge objects swarm across the Earth's orbital track around the Sun. The extinction of the dinosaurs is now believed to have been caused by one of these collisions. The odds are ... Read more
The desperation of persecuted and persecutors are revealed in this tale of love and the loutish efforts of a gang of neo-Nazis. Torn between her Fascist brother and the immigrant worker she loves, a small-town waitress struggles to reconcile two men set apart by a gulf of hatred. A chronicle of the ... Read more
Fatigue of life. Impotence. Evocative close-up images of the physical effects of age layer this film about elderly people. They are living in high inflation, small pensions and the indignity of financial poverty in a world that for them has changed too quickly This film is a visually rich and ... Read more
... ... Avoiding the conventions of music documen­tary, I Just Wash for Made for These Times magnifi­cently captures the essence of Beach Boy Brian Wilson's musical genius and eccentricity. As opposed to a typical biography, the film offers instead a selective view of the man through ... Read more
A joyful tilt at the expectations that can weigh down (literally) a single working woman. Fleming points her stick figure animation at a few of life's major small moments and creates magic. ... Read more
Exposing a whole new dimension to karaoke, this bravura prick-synching performance brings a particular 90's resonance to a 70's classic . ... Read more
Made by two students during their summer holidays, ICI White Male is a gritty and evocative look at a day in the life of a young man to whom crime is a natural means of supporting his drug habit. John is alone, adrift and desperate. His contact with the world is limited to the police on his trail ... Read more
A very succinct look at statuary with a gender twist, set to a Bulgarian chant. ... Read more
In the tradition of Walter Ruttman and Dziga Vertov, Steiner uses the camera as a brush, in the manner of conceptual art. Rarely focussed and constantly moving the camera records reflected light in a series of abstracted patterns that are given substance by a soundtrack created by hand scratching ... Read more
Using the only extant footage of the Lodz Ghetto in Poland, the filmmaker pays tribute to members of his own family and others who died as a result of Nazi persecution. An affecting and extraordinary found-footage document, part memorial, part poetic lament, part history lesson, In Memory has an ... Read more
Have you ever wished you could reverse time or bring dreams to life? If so, you will like this manipulation of images in real time to animation. The difference, in a Gothic sense, between fate and destiny, is central to this film and its bygone imagery. ... The new film from the dual Kino Award ... Read more
The iron lady unplugged controls her domestics' bliss. Slave driver and chore checker, she keeps her three workers starching and steaming with her steel claddings and scorching glares. But escape is only a shot of steam away . ... Read more
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