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Films In 1996

The ebbs and flows the excitement the interest the emotion the films the guests the effort its a film festival and all in four minutes. (TH) ... Read more
Isaac Julien's film is an eloquent exposition of the life and work of the Martinique-born psy­chiatrist and cultural theorist, Frantz Fanon. Between his arrival in France in the mid-1940s and his death in 1961, Fanon worked as a psy­chiatrist, published seminal books on the psy­chology ... Read more
Two Czechoslavakian bachelors end an unhappy collaboration on a short novel about poverty, vermin and anti-semitism. An imaginative interpretation of Franz Kafka's writing put to film. ... Read more
... ... A ... ... ... According to many observers (your humble servant and Werner Herzog amongst them), cinema is alive and well in two countries: China and Iran. Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Gabbeh is incontrovertible proof of this claim and positions him beside countryman Abbas Kiarostani, at the ... Read more
In our modern digital world it's a relief to see somebody actually using paper. A live animator and a cartoon rabbit battle for supremacy through sex, romance, children's parties and The Last Supper. In the tradition of Koko The Clown, Don Hertzfeldt has created a delightful pen and paper and live ... Read more
Melbournes Vaihalla Cinemas 24 hour Science Fiction Movie Marathons run to capacity crowds, fans armed with water pistols and sleeping bags. Upstairs in the booth the projectionists battle to keep the show running "Terry Bourke has been the projectionist for over thirty years. He loves to hate his ... Read more
Tupac Shakur's screen epitaph, completed prior to the rapper, and alleged gangster, being gunned down in Vegas late last year. Grid-lock'd is a skewed (drug) buddy film following the ludicrous misadventures of a pair of junkies who resolve to kick their habit as a New Year's reso­lution ... Read more
Home movies of a married couple combining their love of life and film were discarded in a junk shop to be lovingly resurrected and reworked by Tscherkassky in celebration of the centenary of cinema. ... Peter Tscherkassky, 11 mins, 1996, 35mm (S-8 blow up), Col/B&W, Sound ... Read more
Hard Core Logo is the top draw Canadian punk rock band, that is, if it was a real group. Director Bruce McDonald is only too familiar with mixing truth and outrageous fiction in order to craft his usually hilarious, often irrev­erent, always brilliant films. What his Roadkill did to serial ... Read more
A high-energy road movie that keeps career­ing off in unexpected directions. Heaven's Burning is the most ambitious film yet by Ade­laide-based director, Craig Lahiff. Working for the first time with a generous budget, Lahiff struts his stuff with vigour aided by a Louis Nowra screenplay ... Read more
Two anecdotes about awkward but funny encounters between users and non-users of disabled parking over car spaces. Inspired by an impromptu conversation which is used on the sound track, rough edges and all, the film is fluently and cheerfully illustrated in sand animation. From the aptly named ... Read more
This beautifully crafted short feature, examin­ing adolescent lesbian identity in the 1960s, is an absolute gem. Director Su Friedrich approaches her subject from a number of differ­ent perspectives, combining fiction, talking heads and archival documentary sources. The central dramatic ... Read more
Like many effective experimental works this modest film has a capacity to provoke questions of consciousness which outstrip that of mainstream cinema. In the materialist tradition, rather than representing or describing an experience, Hold generates an experience in the viewers being. The rapid ... Read more
"It is idealistic... and therefore cruel" - Doestoevsky, The Insulted and the Injured. ... Shot on super 8 and Betacam and transferred to 35 mm with a ritualistic score and lo-fi sound mix, this unfathomable, untranslatable exercise produces a strangely theatrical arena for breaking in the body ... Read more
In this cleverly drawn grotesquene with a definite whiff of the school yard, three odd children empower themselves by maximising limited resources. James, Oscar and Nicki collect and ingest various revolting objects and substances, and attach domestic appliances to their own bodies and those of ... Read more
An odd, striking erotic exploration of love and sexual obsession. A free-spirited Italian artist and a French-Arab hairdresser meet and fall in love one afternoon. They go from the euphoric heights of love to the depths of despair when he loses her number and she believes she's been dumped. What ... Read more
... ... A riveting portrait of Valerie Solanas, the woman who shot Andy Warhol. A radical lesbian and destitute writer. Solanas gained access to Warhol's bizarre world hoping that he would produce her play. Up Your Ass. When the zoned-out Factory crowd rejected her and her work, Solanas developed ... Read more
Controversial even before it was shot. Ill is a much-talked about new short from England. When the lead actor quit the project at the eleventh hour the tabloid press seized on the film as immoral. III is certainly a confronting 13 minutes viewing as layers are peeled back to reveal the true horror ... Read more
As a dynamited building collapses in slow motion, professor of film Jan Krawitz declares that ten years ago a moment came in her life when the earth shifted and nothing would ever be the same again. Using archival footage from the America of her childhood and her own images of Texas, she movingly ... Read more
Theodore Major is a cranky old man. He's arguably one of England's greatest painters. But Theodore's finished with money - he wants his paintings seen, not sold, and if you can't understand that or them then you're blind. Crippled with arthritis, he's going down with his brushes blazing. Friend and ... Read more
The sense of sight is central to the experience of cinema and of the world for most people. This simple but profoundly moving documentary intimately suggests through the daring use of photographic special effects and sound prespective, the subjective point of view of the world of a man who has lost ... Read more
Olivier Assayas made his name with serious, emotionally weighty works such as L'eau Froide (MIFF 95). With Irma Vep Assayas lightens the mood, proving to also be a skilled director of comedy. After meeting Maggie Cheung, one of Hong Kong's most popular actors, Assayas insisted on constructing a ... Read more
Who says market research is useless? This crazy little parable, inspired by a Jules Feiffer story, suggests it can change your life. The scruffily engaging and self-possessed juvenile heroine (Bianca Nicholas) narrates the story of her fateful encounter with a monstrous market researcher in a ... Read more
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... ... The story of Jimmy, a middle-aged Irish bachelor, who decides the time has come to find a wife. He contacts the local matchmaker to find him a suitable woman. What kind of woman is he looking for? "She'd have to be able to milk cows," says Jimmy without hesitation ... ... ... At last Jimmy ... Read more
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