Skip to main content

Films In 1998

Described by Daniel Reeves as "an iconoclastic and manic romp through the dream fields of spiritual materi­alism", One Wilh Everything attempts to lay to rest several perennially unanswered questions. Featuring an errant Zen monk and 49 lawn ornaments, brilliantly shot and edited, this is a ... Read more
Frederic Chopin's piano piece from 'Opus 66' is heard playing as a man and a woman drive through the night on a secluded road framed by a thick forest. The man places his hand gently on his pregnant wife's belly and asks 'What's going on there?' This expertly executed miniature thriller is an ... Read more
A chilling Hungarian adaptation of The Postman Always Rings Twice. Deeply grained monochrome images combine with a seething undercurrent of sex and murderous plotting to create a dark and sinister atmosphere. Lust and betray­al build to a horrifying climax, familiar from previous ver­sions ... Read more
It's a simple premise, the eponymous peep show is for women. And, yes, there's only one gag, but Damon Jones and Bob Kirsh play it for all it's worth, with their tongues stuck firmly in their cheeks. Jane Leyden performs one of the best on screen orgasms since Meg Ryan's in "When Harry Met Sally" ... Read more
An uncomfortably intimate portrait of a decaying relationship between Delia an aspiring jazz singer, and Dale, her petty thief boyfriend. Pentuphouse offers us a glimpse at the moment when Delia's choice is movement or stagnation. ... Read more
A couple making love in one room whilst Grandmother makes trouble with a power drill in the other. Not much in itself but the film is refreshingly irreverent in its style and the humour is original and unexpected (although possibly a little cheap in places). A funky, fun film. Handcuffs, condoms ... Read more
This humble and poetic claymated student him has a simple yet powerful beauty. In a dark and oppressive world we observe, Evan, who works at a plastic animal factory in which he is in charge of quality control, making sure no reject toy animals make it into cereal boxes. We discover his affinity ... Read more
The middle of the night at a madhouse in Germany. A young woman travelling alone is nearly run over by a semitrailer. So begins a deadly serious game of seduction, but who is 'playing' who? This dark, disturbing tale of sex, power and violence combines tantalising manipulation of film language and ... Read more
A novelist, desperate over his lack of literary success and his subsequent marriage breakdown, turns to drastic means in an attempt to get some attention, only to be punished by the same means that has gained him success. This tense and frequently hysterical tale about life's dark absurdities ... Read more
Ruth Lingford is one of England's most respected and acknowledged independent animators. This, her latest film, is also her most powerful. Devised in collaboration with the English novelist, Sara Maitland, this short is an ancient tale retold, about a city under siege and the terrible action taken ... Read more
Radiance tells the story of three young women who reunite, after many years apart, for their mother's funeral, | grieve, reconcile and celebrate. Over the course of 24 hours the skeletons in the family closet emerge, rattling violently. ... Cressy, the eldest, is a diva—an opera singer who is ... Read more
Blasting from the screen like the cinematic progeny of some unholy union between Lars Von Trier and Abel Ferrara, here is uncompromising Australian 'underground' filmmaking at its very best - an in-your-face, innovative and compelling drama about police corruption in Victoria. ... Constructed as a ... Read more
"My young husband, Jeff, came home from the war in Vietnam in a flag-draped casket. For those soldiers who made it home alive, many were greeted by America's rage. I had to ask. 'What did Jeff die for?' This question haunted my days and night I knew I had to transform his death into as powerful a ... Read more
The highly versatile Jennifer Tilly plays Tara Ricotto, den mother and confidant to a group of gay, lesbian and straight friends in this outrageous Sundance favourite. Very much a quintessential 90s romantic comedy, Relax... It's Just Sex is alive with vibrant, hilarious dialogue exchanges, timely ... Read more
Arguably the most famous architect working today, Renzo Piano is renowned for his work on such prestigious projects as the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Kansai Airport on Osaka Bay in Japan as well as Noumea's futuristic cultural centre. This fascinating biographical documentary takes the ... Read more
Rex and his pals need to make some money and fast. Their best hope is to win a music talent contest but they face stiff opposition from a mean bunch of rabbits. The latest installment of Rex the Runt is sure to satisfy lovers of this cult animated character. ... Read more
With the death of Sviatoslav Richter in 1997—shortly after the completion of this award-winning film—the great age of Russian pianistic classicism in many ways came to an end. Shunning convention, publicity and glamour, Richter devoted his life to music. With a great deal of dignity and ... Read more
The Scream trilogy is a Simpsons Halloween special compared to the genuinely terrifying supernatural horror of The Ring series. This, now ongoing, cycle of films is based on the best selling novel by Suzuki Koji, the 'Japanese' Stephen King. ... "Distressed and baffled by the mysterious deaths of ... Read more
Rotation continues Paul Winkler's graphic representation of traumatised space. The architecture of rotation is like a series of colourful mobile postcards. The foreboding film noir sound collides mischievously with the seriality of this precise graphic procession. This film incises itself ... Read more
"Ahh, AIDS. You'll learn to love me baby. Put your diseased hand in mine and I'll show you the way." Moody visual set pieces (shot on super 8, digitally edited, finished on 35mm), surprising words, cool music, odd vocalising make Rubber Gloves sharp, funny, graceful. ... Read more
Ever met someone at a bar only to discover their eyes roaming the room? This slightly surreal trip across the artificial surface of lounge culture will make you think twice about clowning around. ... Read more
Tom Tykwer's debut, Deadly Maria (MIFF 1995), was an original and arresting film about the possibilities of what would happen if looks really could kill. His follow-up, Winter Sleepers (1997), was an eerie tale of passion, love and death. With Run Lola Run the youthful German director integrates ... Read more
The classic Samurai film has been drastically updated in this dazzling feature debut by Hiroyuki Nakano. An official selection at Sundance and Montreal Film Festivals, Samurai Fiction has taken the genre and added a daring and dynamic new flair. A masterful sense of humour, advanced special ... Read more
A child is enchanted by an old man's butterfly fractal invention but is lured into a television nightmare of dis­turbing sounds and invading images. In this film, Jonathon Hairman has created an environment in a warm cinematic style which is inhabited by the two computer-generated characters ... Read more
You have been warned: only an actual porn flick would come close to the highly provocative and explicit nature of Sex/Life in LA. This unflinching German documentary turns a lustful and inquiring gaze upon the 'other' Hollywood, Los Angeles equally infamous porn industry, concentrating, in this ... Read more
Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director