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Films In 1995

One of the durably creative figures on Melbourne's experimental film scene. Nick Ostrovskis continues his Zooming Cinema of memory and city. Ostrovskis experiments with what has always been fundamental to the creation of the cinema image that which persists after the fragment of a dynamic image has ... Read more
Michael is a young Polish boy who escapes from his unhappy family life and his insensitive father into his own world of dreams. One night as he searches for his pet mouse while his parents are asleep he finds his fathers gun. The gun gives him strength and power that changes him. (MJ) ... Read more
Francois Truffaut, Stephen Frears reminds us, once observed that the words 'British' and cinema' seemed incompatible. Frears' celebra­tion of one hundred years of British Cinema is an elegant and witty riposte to Truffaut, showing that Britain produced at least its share of out­standing ... Read more
A response, both to the 1995 centenary of cin­ema, and to the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, Angelopoulos' most recent film (which earned him the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes) describes the journey of A. (Keitel), a Greek-born filmmaker, working in the United States, who returns to his ... Read more
Set in Senegal, Umbo and Samuel is a modern fable about a small white African boy who has been taken hostage and finds himself in a cell with Umbo, a Wolof tribesman. To escape they must first communicate. ... Sillig shows an assuredness as a director with his claustrophobic camera work, and ... Read more
Following the death of her mother, Tessa travels home to Australia to deal with the estate and a reunion with her older sister. Returning to her family home, a tired, sun bleached weatherboard house adjacent to Botany Bay, she is confronted by the collected debris of memory; the fears, the tears ... Read more
A man, a video camera, a life! Robert Gib­son's home movies are verite at its most voyeuristic and vertiginous. Since 1983 Gibson has carried a camcorder with him at all times. Repeat-at all times. So adept has he become with the palmcorder that, like a yet to be made Cronenberg flick, the ... Read more
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A watched relationship never boils! A simple film that shows the offer of something hot is not verybody's cup of tea. ... Read more
"You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh. The fundamental things apply..." ... If there is one thing that Gaylene Preston's new film tells us about the experiences of women in World War Two—it's that those oft-sung 'fundamentals' are actually hard to identify. In ... Read more
... ... They don't come any blacker, meaner or more deadpan than Todd Solondz' pitch-perfect sophomore feature. Welcome to the Dollhouse. It depicts the physical and psychic humiliations suffered by New lersey 11-year-old, Dawn Wiener (a.k.a 'Wiener Dog'). This unpop­ular middle child serves as ... Read more
Winner of the Camera D'or at the Cannes Film Festival, Jafar Panahi's The White Balloon is the story of a young Iranian girl's trip to the market - a simple undertaking that becomes unexpectedly waylaid by circumstance. ... With New Year approaching in Tehran, seven-year-old Razieh pesters her ... Read more
... ... A writer, confronted by the perplexities of the blank page, is murdered by his typewriter Cmielewski's humorous allegory of creative constipation relieved by the death of the author is a witty addition to the genre of threatening autonomy on the part of machines, so often explored in ... Read more
Amid the current trend towards eliminating all bodily imperfections the original female body gets its own back A witty and visually bold step in the right direction. (AS) ... Read more
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