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Films In 1995

... ... Originally made for the BBC as a four episode mini series, author/screen writer Hanil Kureishi brings all the wicked humour and bold strokes of My Beautiful Laundretle and Sammy & Rosie Get laid to this epic semi-autobiographical saga of a young Anglo-Indian's sexual and political ... Read more
The late Vito Russo's ground breaking book The Celluliod Closet explored and critiqued a history of the on-screen representation; of gay men and women with a wit and perception that is admirably matched in this eagerly awaited film version Lily Tomlm delivers author Armistead Maupin's eloquent ... Read more
A father and small son enjoy their provincial trainspotting but something is missing. An abandoned reel of super 8 film reveals images of the deceased mother images the son is sadly drawn to He incorporates himself into these images in a collision of cinema drama and trainspotting. (JS) ... Read more
This film is magical with seriously bizarre overtones. While you may find it challenging to track eight stories simultaneously on one screen, try! Paul Driessen has taken some strange paths since working on Yellow Submarine.Join the inflatable camel, the polar bear, the mosquito and others ... Read more
A lone figure confronts a tank in the largest iipublic space on earth symbol for the protest by idealistic youth against a repressive regime, provoking a bloody crackdown We all know what happened in Tiananmen Square during the Beijing spring of 1989, don't we? Well, no ... "Carma Hinton and ... Read more
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A five-part animated video for an MTV special on women's health issues. Integrating puppets, drawings, cut-outs, video and masking techniques, Benning cre­ates a pocket-size geography permeated by a sense of isolation and malaise. The voices of Judy and her bossy friend Courtney (with reference ... Read more
Narrated by a child this film tells of the legend of a mermaid who falls in love with a man. The deceptive fairytale aspect of the film however is boldly undercut both by the vibrant and by the contemporary nature of the narrative. Neubauer has created a stnkmgly powerful fable which resonates ... Read more
A comedy/drama set in the b(l)ackstreets of Adelaide, Aleksi Vellis' follow up to Nirvana Street Murder (MIFF 91) charts the tumultuous life of Harry Dare, a 30 year old urban-Aborigine struggling to get to know his young son, keep out of gaol, reconcile with his estranged careerist wife and ... Read more
... ... T ... ... ... The Lost Garden presents the life and cinema of Alice Guy-Blache, the world's first female filmmaker and unsung hero in the development of narrative cinema. She put together her first ambitious project in France by persuading her boss at Gaumont Studios to let her film a brief ... Read more
In a well crafted and compact piece of filmmaking. The Mule takes a slice out of a drug runner's most crucial and stressful moment as he passes from one side of the Mexican border to another. Rich in atmosphere character study and form exploration. The Mule is a short but intense filmic journey (JS) Read more
The horse-trainer, the jockey, the bookie and the punter. Four characters tell their stories about horse-racing and gambling. This witty, inventive film looks at the place horseracing holds within Australian culture and uses the subiect to talk about notions of nostalgia, mem­ories and lost ... Read more
This paint-on-glass animation from the Philippines tells the story of a village destroyed by volcano and the people's struggle to hold on to happiness. With a lush overlay of colour and natural form, and despite the seemingly tragic narrative, this is a joyful use of this painstaking medium. There ... Read more
Every few years a film surfaces that reminds us of the often forgotten possibilities of creative filmmaking and also of what quality cinema is all about. The Passerby is such a film. Made by English-born Canadian filmmaker Donald McWilliams. The Passerby is a personal film which skilfully combines ... Read more
... ... Further proof thar Japanese animation has more faces than the wild, over-the-top stylings of the manga we've seen of late in Australia. An extraordinary film adapted from a comic that sold over 28 million copies! A well researched serious manga. The Silent Service reflects many of the ... Read more
The beautiful imagery of artist Jeannie Baker ani­mates The Story of Rosy Dock, the tale of an elderly woman who sets up home in the central Aus­tralian desert. In her attempt to recreate the beauty she has left, she fails to recognise the beauty which was already there. This intricately ... Read more
A "fair dinkum yarn from the nineteen twenties imaginatively brought to life in the style of period lino cuts and featuring an original Aussie composition for piano. (RP) ... Read more
A beautifully designed little film that shows the clock isn't running on the smart little one joke film. ... Read more
... ... Much to everyone's surprise, fundamentalist hard-line Iran has been pioving that humanist cinema is alive and thriving for at least a decade now To established names like Kiarostami, Makmalbaf, Bani' etemad and Foruzesh we can now add Jafar Panahi. winner of last year's Best First Film ... Read more
A short film about pigment polar opposites leaving your lover and smoking in bed. (MM) ... Read more
Fitting into a new school is hard work particularly with a dad who can't seem to stay out of prison, some grand scale schoolyard terrorism and the biggest and most embarrasing school bag you have ever seen. A stylish Irish comedy about a young boys yearning to fit in. (JS) ... Read more
... ... Shinya Tsukamoto left audiences astonished, perplexed and pulverised after his first two features Telsuo-Tfe Iron Ma« (1989) and Tetsuo-The Body Hammer (1991), One thing viewers were sure of was that they had witnessed an idiosyncratic, obsessive and original cinematic vision ... Read more
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