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Films In 1997

Jeff, a troubled loner, is haunted by memories of a brief affair with a woman above his standing and its terrible consequences. Shot with brilliantly cold precision in the Cornish Clay pits, and buoyed by a silent yet incredibly expressive performance from James Peck, In Too Deep is elevated above ... Read more
Visually stunning and simply told, Jabiluka is the chilling story of how the Mirrar people were pressured into allowing uranium mining at Jabiluka in Kakadu National Park. Telling first-hand accounts and archival footage of the 'negotiation' process present a damning picture of government ... Read more
Wade Hampton (Drew Pillsbury) has worked as a welder for 15 years, eight hours a day. Amidst the mind-numbing spell of the machinery, he allows quiet introspection to call forth dreams of deeper ambitions. One day he reaches a state of critical mass and he walks away from his job, family, friends ... Read more
David Arquette gives an emotionally charged performance as the frenzied yet deter­mined, perpetually moving street hustler in Scott Silver's Johns. The film details a day in the (low) life of Arquette and pal in prostitution, Lukas Haas, a seven week veteran of the flesh trade. Johns will ... Read more
Misunderstood, misrepresented, often just missed the mark... nerds come back with their own voice, their own thick-rimmed glasses and their own geeky foibles in a documentary which pulls not a single punch. For too long they've been fictionalised in the movies, no longer the brunt of someone else's ... Read more
Kiss or Kill breathes fresh life into the young-couple-on-the-run genre. Nikki has more reason to hate men than most; as a little girl, she is forced to watch as her mother is set alight and burned to death by an intruder. In partnership with boyfriend Al, she picks up lonely men in bars, slips a ... Read more
A passerby enticed by the idea of feasting on a little pig enters the restaurant La Maisoo des Cochons. The staff are friendly - if a little odd - and keen to bring him the platter of pig his heart desires. But it is soon revealed that there is something amiss. A cautionary tale about wanting to ... Read more
Tickets go cheap on the bus ride to hell. Tomiko is an over-worked conductor on a rural bus line. She receives a disturbing letter from a friend and co­worker claiming that Tomiko's former driver, Niitaka, is planning to kill her. What's more, she may not be his first victim. What Tomiko ... Read more
When the Angel of Death taps drunkard Barney Flanagan on the shoulder, he finds himself banging on the pearly gates with little chance of getting in. A comic and cautionary tale with a wicked blend of Gothic, Dantesque horror and glib, Celtic wit. ... Read more
Leila is a beautiful young woman from an affluent background. Just married to a doting husband, Reza, Leila is confronted with the painful reality of being unable to bear children. Reza, contrary to what his young wife had envisaged, is unconcerned about this development; his devotion to Leila is ... Read more
A young film director has, for the first time in his life, a meeting with a star... ... Read more
A quirky and oddly charming short that plays with the overly melodramatic struggles of dating and heartbreak. A blind date between two hopelessly naive, neurotic romantics goes from very bad to much worse. Extremely minimal, the childlike drawings are in themselves amusing to look at. The strength ... Read more
"About Live Flesh I can only say that it is the most disquieting film I have ever made and the one that has caused me the most unease." - Pedro Almodovar ... "Almodovar is back on top form with Live Flesh, a heady concoction of carnage, carnality and Catholicism that owes more to the works of Luis ... Read more
Male bonding through competition ensues when four unlikely characters converge on a New York public washroom. A light hearted and outrageously funny look at the veneers of class, money and social status - and how meaningless they all are when you've got your pants down. ... Read more
To those familiar with the extensive array of films by Jon Jost, he is a figurehead, a pioneer amongst independent and experimental filmmakers. Jost is a one-man crew. With camera in hand, he has constantly toyed with cinematic aesthetics and politics, carving a singular niche. ... London Brief is ... Read more
Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart is more than a visual biography. It is the only documentary covering the musician, poet and composer, the man who brought rock and roll into the avant garde. From the beginning, Reed's music has influenced generation after generation of musicians, including David ... Read more
John's only sink is in the bathroom. We see him expertly wash up the dishes in this challenging space while reflecting on matters such as music, work ethics, economics and the dishes themselves. A short video which is surprising, intimate and arresting. Filmmaker Jan Bruck manages to be both ... Read more
Trevor Graham's biography of Eddie Koiki Mabo belongs to a fine tradition in Aus­tralian documentary filmmaking. Astutely balanc­ing the 'personal' and the 'social', Graham presents a concise history of Eddie Mabo's life and enduring legacy, together with the filmmak­er's friendship and ... Read more
The winner of more than a dozen awards at festivals worldwide, [Made in Hong Kong] is a striking, black yet humanistic view of disaffected youth. Fruit Chan's astounding 1997 feature debut exhibits a personal approach to gripping social commentary and underworld machinations. Abandoned by his ... Read more
The winner at over a dozen festival awards worldwide, including numerous Best Film and Best Director citations, Made in Hong Kong is the first post-handover independent film from the former colony. Incorporating a striking, black yet humanistic view of youth, director Fruit Chan's astounding debut ... Read more
Sally Ingleton's documentary charts the for­tunes of best friends Sun Jian and Guo Pei, as they prepare to stage their first designer col­lection in Shanghai's annual Fashion Week. ... Their timing could not be more auspicious. Maoist austerity, the 'iron rice bowl' and blue or grey tunics ... Read more
A minotaur lives in his labyrinth, his time spent praying and drinking. Unable to cope with his isolation any longer he leaves his seclusion to seek forbidden pleasures, but, obtaining what he desires comes at a price. ... Read more
“One of the most powerful films to have emerged from Iran this decade.” - Toronto International Film Festival A little girl's journey through the streets of Tehran turns into a dazzling metafictional exercise in this ingenious commentary on the nature of documentary filmmaking. Halfway through ... Read more
An absolutely astounding documentary about the life and (alleged) crimes of Oscar Goodman - Mob lawyer. Fans of Scorsese's Casino will recognise Goodman who played himself as Robert DeNiro's court counsel, a role Oscar also played in real life when he represented the Vegas Mafioso that DeNiro's ... Read more
Mondo Plympton is a fantastic journey through the strange brain of off-the-wall animator Bill Plympton, featuring his classic shorts, rare excerpts, plus brand new work and stories from his animated life. This roller-coaster ride traces both plympton's life and art. When Plympton first moved to New ... Read more
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