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Films In 1996

Courting Courtney is Paul Tarantino's (no rela­tion) first project, his previous experience in film coming from his job in the marketing department of Walt Disney Studios and the classes he attended (without enrolling) at USC. ... This good-natured comedy looks at the humour and pitfalis of ... Read more
New York City. Fourth of July. Alone and a stranger to the big city one youthful sailor on 24 hour shore leave; hopes to find romance. Instead he finds a prostitute and loses his virginity in the back of a truck. Beautifully shot by Rick Putnam, it begins in a rough romantic style with some ... Read more
"The recurrent themes in my films are space and captivity. The woman in Crocodile and the man in The Isle are captives; they're characters who become prisoners through a violence which, ironically, is beautiful." - Kim Ki-Duk ... Kim Ki-Duk's debut is an unsettling and unclassifiable piece ... Read more
... ... Prasanna Vithanage represents the emerging wave of new film makers in Sri Lanka who are trying to make sense of changes sweepin across the country. ... ... ... Anantha Ratfiriua, his second film, is set in th turbulent times of social upheaval in Southern Sri Lanka in the late 80s and early ... Read more
Mexico 1949; Coral Fabre, a buxom, sensual, young nurse and mother, meets Nico who uses his looks to take advantage of women. Coral, immediately attracted to him, abandons her children and delves into his shady past to discover that he had murdered his wife. Putting this sensitive information to ... Read more
Donald McGlynn has developed documen­tary portraiture of jazz musicians to a fine art. Dexter Gordon - More Than You Know is his latest exemplary effort. Gordon is the transitional fig­ure between the great classical tenor saxophone styles of Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young in the 1930's ... Read more
... ... Australian filmmaker Dirk de Bruyn has made a number of experimental films which explore the complexity of family relationships and the processes of displacement including Conversations With My Mother, Rote Film and A X Canada. These films have been highly personal studies which combine a ... Read more
Terry, is a buttoned-down and uptight loner who has been feeling suicidal since the sup­posed death of his wife. His lonely past-times involve binoculars and his neighbours' open win­dows - continuing life in such a fashion is look­ing like a pretty grim prospect. Chance, and his ... Read more
An uptight primary school teacher reluctantly agrees to try out a pair of vibrating 'love eggs' just as the headmistress decides to surprise her with an impromptu job interview. ... This is a light and silly, but extremely well executed and performed English comedy from the BBC and Channel 4 that ... Read more
Angel, a soil fumigator with a personality dis­order, drives in his white van to a Martian-red landscape to rid the local vineyards of a persistent plague of woodlice. His unsettling habit of conversing with himself out loud mirrors deeper confusions about love, metaphysics and the nature of ... Read more
Eisenstein in Mexico: The Eternal Circle documents one of the least known, yet perhaps most influential, periods in the life of master filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein. During his brief visit to Mexico, he produced over 200,000 feet of film in an attempt to capture the spiritual, geographical and ... Read more
In the tiny Mexican mountain village of Yohualichan, the majordomo who presided over the annual Colloquium has died. Conse­quently the resident Indians have not held the holy play, dedicated to Saint Michael but grounded in indigenous rites, for several years. The majordomo's son Olegario ... Read more
Morricone began composing at the age of six and his professional career began in Italy's fledgling pop industry as an arranger where he quickly gained a reputation for his idio­syncratic utilisation of everyday sounds. ... He first gained international attention in the mid-60s with his landmark ... Read more
A filmmakers documentary on photographer, David Edwards, who has been taking photo­graphs of naked men for the past eleven years. Hundreds of albums line his shelves. One section of David's wall, he calls "The Quilt'. These are people who have died. "To photograph others, means that you ... Read more
What is twenty years to a human face or spirit? Faces encapsulates hundreds of years of human experience by recording a couple of moments, each separated by two decades from several peoples lives. Film emulsion and technology together with the exquisite portraiture of leading Melbourne photographer ... Read more
... ... The intrepid Nick Broomfield takes camera inside Pandora's Box, an up market New York fetish parlour run by one Mistress Raven. The establishment caters solely 'submissives' or 'bottoms', the partner in S&M or bondage relationship who prefers to on the receiving end of the paddle, so For a ... Read more
A disciplined and restrained philosophical discussion between two filmmakers about the dreaded Tarculiiio /actor and the state of Australian cinema. A teaspoon. A broken camera. Some blood Considerable profanity. Further proof that it "takes guts to make an Australian film." (TB) ... Read more
Film Speaks Many Languages is a reworking of 21 fragments of a feature film made in India found in Casablanca and reworked in Vienna used to (re)construct a one minute story in four parts dictated by the original material. ... 1 Words 2 Locations 3 Themes 4 Colours ... 1 Film , Horse drawn ... Read more
Final Cut tells the story of a pet axolotyl held hostage because his owner Rodney fails to return his neighbour's lawn mower. Through sloppy cutting and pasting, the ransom note transforms into a love letter which woos Rodney's love-hungry wife. Featured in this year's 50th Cannes Film Festival, it ... Read more
Esteban Sapir's Fine Powder is a film with its own distinctive aesthetic. It gently oscil­lates between objects and image, seen from the perspective of a confused Jewish boy growing up in Argentina. ... Apart from video games, there is little to inspire Tomas in his industrial neighbourhood of ... Read more
Courageous and unflinching, Deepa Mehta's engrossing study of a lesbian affair inter­weaves sexual repression, pressure-cooker desire, crumbling patriarchy and cultural transfor­mation in contemporary India. The tugging away of traditional structures reflects social changes and the tension ... Read more
This is a film about five guys in a car. The guys are headed somewhere and while they drive they talk and drink and we never really know what they are up to—until the end. This film which works well with tough, funny dialogue and a minimum of other diversions like set action etc. Pared down ... Read more
When I was a child we would come here during the holidays and then I didn't love this place, it was drought stricken and had an outdoor pit toilet and no running water... ... This family document about loss, longing and belonging was shot from dawn to dusk on a super-8 camera near Koorawatha about ... Read more
... ... Culture clash and the effect of centuries of displacement are the themes at the heart of Clara Law and Eddie Fong's tenderly handled and often very funny saga of a Hong Kong Chinese family relocating to Australia in the 90s, on the eve of Hong Kong's handover in 1997. ... ... ... The Chan ... Read more
In the hurly burly of large towns the citydweller often has to subiect themself to enormous effort frequently repetitious that can be likened to the physical demands of professional sport. ... Through the juxtaposition of images of competitive sports and everyday tasks the film asks how far can our ... Read more
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