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Films In 1996

Asking "where's the line between healthy scepticism and lunacy?" Robert Edwards' brief essay on the place of paranoia in contemporary American culture, traverses some popular conspiracy theories with appeal to those who cannot "accept the idea of moral anarchy" sketching the social and cultural ... Read more
Set to the filmmaker s idiosyncratic arrangement of Bach s Air on a G String this elegant and perfectly timed piece of animation reflects the influence of fine music on the human psyche and powers of imagination. (RP) ... Read more
The possibility of peace in Bosnia is viewed with irony in Srdjan Dragojevic's Pretty Village, Pretty Flame, which focuses on a group of Serb soldiers before, during and after their military service. The film encompasses a variety of moods through the use of lengthy flashbacks. with satire emerging ... Read more
Prick is a very black, black, black comedy about men dealing with the warrior within. Set in an office, a boss dominates his employee to the point of humiliation. ... Read more
In this intensely personal documentary, film­maker Nick Deocampo traces the tumultuous public history of the Philippines through its dev­astating effect on the private history of his own life and that of his family. Deocampo returns home to begin a search for his alcoholic father, who ... Read more
New Zealand-born comedian Deb Filler's one-woman show, Punch Me In the Stomach, has now been adapted for the cinema. A very funny roller coaster ride through her story of growing up Jewish in New Zealand, Filler's cast of characters is drawn from her extended family who gather together for her ... Read more
Some might say that Laurie Anderson has always been multimedia. Her work has always been concerned with the use of technology and the individual s relationship to it. From her early one person shows at New York s Kitchen to the hit record O Superman to the ambitious truly multi media Untied States ... Read more
On the slopes of the Swiss Alps, six bodies invoke essential and powerful retelling of the story of St Luke. Portrayed mainly by explorative dance, Queens for a Day is a visual splendour. Spirituality and passion is beautifully and poetically crafted to give us this portrayal of the timeless ... Read more
A creature s desperate search for water leads it through a range of surreal landscapes and false hopes Its search leads to regeneration where presumably the frustrating search resumes. Technically, a superbly crafted and beautifully photographed model animation which intensifies a simple 'lourney' ... Read more
... ... Australia's foremost documentary filmmaker Robin Anderson and Bob Connolly, have turned their unblinking gaze from the tribe, cultures of the PNG highlands (Black Harvest,. Leahy's Neighbours, First Contact) to tribes closer I home, the inner-city council around Leichhan (taking in Glebe ... Read more
... ... Tony Mahood's endearing first feature, set squarely in the inner suburbs of Melbourne,a gentle moral tale at odds with the temper of our times, but even more valuable for it. In his lost substantial role yet, Aden Young carries the film (he's in almost every scene), as the ambitious Ben, a ... Read more
Robert: A Fortunate Life is Sokurov's key pictorial account of the work of Hubert Robert (1733-1808), a French painter who was representative of what Sokurov calls 'classic virtuosity'. ... "Sokurov is perhaps the most ambitious and original serious filmmaker, working anywhere in the world today ... Read more
Presented by Isak Delgado - himself the latest hot property in Cuban salsa - this immense­ly entertaining documentary relates the story of the Latino music craze that swept the US from the 1930s onwards. Beginning with original film clips of performances by Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Perez Prado ... Read more
... ... On one of those rare occasions when the Cannes jury gets it right, the inimitable Mike Leigh garnered this year's Palme d'Or (Best Film), the International Critics Prize and the Best Actress Award (Brenda Blethyn) topping the success of Naked( 1993). ... ... ... After the death of her ... Read more
Part suspense, part getting of wisdom, Mon­txo Armendariz Barrios's film takes place in a Spanish village during the mid-60s. Victims of a terrible crime committed long ago haunt a coun­try house: their voices tremble through a locked room and echo in the cellar. So begins nine year old ... Read more
It is Australia, the late 1950's. A talented young teenage boy studies piano under the stern tutelage of his domineering father. Although offered a scholarship to study further in the US, his father forbids him to take it up. ... It is swinging London, the late 60s The boy now in his early 20s. has ... Read more
The creator loses his omnipotence in this deftly animated macho battle between the animator and his brawny sketch. The reason for their virulent duel, a mere out-line; an eye-lash battering, curvaceous and cute Pamela Andersonesque cartoon. Deeply ironic and wonderfully entertaining. ... Read more
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Remember to turn down more than just your beepers and mobile phones when entering the cinema. A word of warning from the director of last year s popular Utile Women In Transit. To avoid embarrassment, practising or former mime artists are advised to avoid screenings of this film (TB) ... Read more
Billy is a skinhead only he doesn't quite fit in. But that's what a skinhead does right in between acts of mindless violence. Billy tries to prove himself but only ends up looking silly. Then he meets his neighbour Marcia She's everything he's not. She's smart, She's a woman, She's black. Marcia ... Read more
Skin Deep is a beautifully told black comedy from Israel. After Shabatov gets a tattoo of a love heart with his girlfriend's name Malka across it, he pays her a surprise visit, and to his surprise - she's having sex with another man. Now he has two options, abandon his belief in eternal love or ... Read more
This gangling portrait of a group of thieving losers is imbued with an infectious, laddish humour and writer/director/actor/producer Shane Meadows' genius for character observation. Male and Jumbo, best mates from Notting­ham, are not exactly the sharpest pencils in the box. The boys and their ... Read more
Like a wood block print with movement, this naughty film noir-ish animation tells the sordid, sorry tale of twenty four hours in the life of a full time drinker. In his black and white world a squawking TV screen and liquor bottle labels flash spot colour like firecrackers and, true to the genre ... Read more
The Li household is a typical Beijing family, and a real Beijing family too. In this sensational docudrama, they re-enact their domestic history. The confronting results make Sylvania Waters look like Antic Of Green Gables and show ordinary life in today's China as never before. Father Li has been ... Read more
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