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Films In 1994

Jukebox is an hilariously sinister dream landscape where perspective is collapsed and concertmaed into 'Leger' styled animated figures that seem to strike up inappropriate conversations that sug­gest meaning but undermine sense. A virtuoso collage of animated styles collide headlong into each ... Read more
... ... Tatsuo is a cocky chimpira (apprentice gangster) whose yakuza bosses are grooming as a pimp to the rich and famous. But when screws up big time on one of his first important jobs, Tatsuo is forced to flee Tokyo, followed by his girlfriend. He finds a taxi driver who will take him to a small ... Read more
The "3000 Scenarios Against a Virus" series is a belated, but effective French response to the HIV epidemic. Taking its title from the number of story ideas submitted by French teenagers, 30 short scripts were developed and farmed out to a range directors, mostly young. The completed films have ... Read more
Human nature collides with Mother Nature - literally. On a clifftop somewhere in Scandinavia, a group of zealous activists prepare to take a stand. Their misguided mission: to stop a crazed horde of determined Lemmings from leaping into oblivion. Lemming Aid is an offbeat comedy about people who ... Read more
The latest documentary from the Newcastle-on-Tyne collective, Amber Films (previous MIFF Kino Award winners with Writing On The Sand), follows the journey of Finnish born photographer, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, as she travels back to Finland with her daughter Katja to rediscover her roots and attempt ... Read more
The story of a recipe of love, spanning two continents and five generations. The story of tradition and change. ... Read more
"Oh God Don't tell me you still think Little Women is the greatest book ever written'?'' Some of your most cherished beliefs can be destroyed in the backseat of a car, especially when you're wedged between your two sisters on the family trip to hell. ... Read more
"Blixa always led me into the toxic zone, can't say I was thrilled but wherever Blixa went ..." ... See what you make of this blast from the future. ... Read more
The latest in the endless stream of quality short comic films from France Lonelytude stars Jean-Claude Dreyfus, as M Badot the deceiving neighbour of M Roux who lives next door in an apartment building. Each tries to convince the other that they have many loving friends and family with increasingly ... Read more
A puppet animation in which dolls are used to parody American sitcom television. Presented in three parts, the antics of the dolls are linked by a black Shakespearian character (perhaps Othello or a black Hamlet) who comments on the action before disappearing, angel-like into the sky. Peo­ple ... Read more
Culled from over 100 hours of footage shot over a 7 year period (1987-94), Mandalay is Maggie Fooke's already legendary diary film chronicling the campaign to save the ageing art-deco apartment block of the same name. The building, in which the filmmaker was a long-term resident, became the centre ... Read more
By using a series of photographs of urban landscapes of Manila, two animated figures of a desperate mother and young child wander through desolate streets, as she attempts to abandon her child. The film is symbolically framed by the city's decadence, yet gives us hope for the child as it boards a ... Read more
Martha And Ethel is a unique and indelible portrait of two lifelong nannies, strong-willed women who subjugated their own lives to raise someone else's family (as ninety year-old Ethel states, "You don't have to birth a child to love it"). What makes this extremely personal documentary particularly ... Read more
While studying at Cambridge University, Jeremy suddenly lost the ability to remember events occurring in the immediate past. Drawing on the experience of Jeremy and the lives of oth­ers, we learn how memory creates our sense of existence. Exciting computer graphics illustrate the way neurons ... Read more
It's 1972 and 'It's Time', but not it seems for Violet who is caught in the limbo world of adolescence in a small costal town Director Graeme Wood's exceptional cinematic rendering of a place, a time and the hard-edged desperation of teen trouble is a tough tour de force of short filmmaking. ... Read more
Inside a collection of fragments we begin to find the gradual definition of things, spaces, glimpses of a camera an eye looking back at us the scratchy, almost fidgety sounds of a film whirring into life. Brehm fashions an enveloping phenomenological experience from the almost discarded off-cuts ... Read more
Motherland is the story of two Latvian grandmothers who have lived in Australia (since the end of WWII), and although never knowing each other in their native Latvia, have become close friends since arriving in Australia. Not only did their similar experiences in their motherland draw them ... Read more
A strictly metered repressive regime regulates the Foucault household. Disruptions are not wel­come. Unfortunately for the domineering Mrs F the swing of things does not accommodate two small boys, revenge, and one tram. Time literally goes off the rails in this stylised, synchronised slice of ... Read more
P. J. Hogan's breakthrough feature, coming to us directly from its World Premiere at Cannes, rockets another enormous local talent onto the world stage as it launches the 43rd edition of the Festival. ... Growing up in a tacky coastal resort town (location undefined, but clearly within spitting ... Read more
Mind-blowing computer animation, initially created as part of the documentary Muttaburrasaurus - Life In Gondwanna. See Australia's own dinosaurs as they face threatening elements in a pre-historic environment. ... Read more
100 million years ago the great southern continent of Gondwana was inhabited by a unique species of dinosaur - the Muttaburrasaurus. Evidence for this dinosaur has been found only in Australia. An imaginative combination of animation and footage from 'digs' such as Dinosaur Cove and Inverloch ... Read more
A wide-eyed yet laconic look at violence and gender role implications 'hide and seeking' at the heart of schoolyard rhyming games Beneath deceptively simple animation techniques lurks a wondrously whimsical and witty intelligence. ... Read more
" Maceo, blow your horn!!" There wasn't a concert or recording session when the Godfather of Soul, James Brown didn't fire up his aggressive dynamic saxophonist with the preced­ing exclamation. Maceo Parker is music history. ... Markus Gruber's stellar documentary fastidi­ously investigates ... Read more
Susan Stamp's hand-drawn underomera anima­tion explores grief as experienced by both child and adult. There is a quiet eloquence that seems to emanate from the film's understatement. ... Read more
More money is now spent on video games in a month that on zoos in a year. For the zoo industry it is a sharp reminder that revolution is around the corner. As we head towards the 21 st century zoos face a stark choice: adapt to a new generation or die. State of the Ark goes fast forward to the ... Read more
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