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Films In 2002

Tom is truly tested when he goes to work on an old friend's farm. This assured coming-of-age thriller won the 2002 VCA School of Film and Television awards for Best Script, Best Narrative and Best Production. ... Read more
The actions of day-to-day life are not as clear and obvious as one might think. Liesbeth Worm provides a whole new perspective on our daily routines by breathing life into everyday objects. A fascinating visual experience. ... Read more
Melbourne stand-up comic Roy Höllsdotter is enjoying popularity, regular bookings and plenty of laughs. His routines leave the crowds rolling on beer-splashed carpet at his weekly gig but his private life is going to hell. Roy's girlfriend Cate has unceremoniously dumped him. Roy's neuroses ... Read more
Unlikely radicals, these two Jewish grandmothers relate how a longstanding friendship as wives and mothers turned into a passionate, long-lasting love affair. Singularly unselfconscious on camera, Ruthie and Connie shine for their honesty and courage to do what feels right in the face of suburban ... Read more
Displaying an absolute mastery of moving oil paint on glass, this is the story of two travelling monks who meet and part on more than one occasion. ... Read more
Nathalie works as an exotic dancer and Sandrine tends the bar in a sleazy club. Together they enjoy playing love games, aiming to conquer men and throw them into desperate, helpless states of infatuation. Confident and ambitious, the two women begin work for a large company, where their games ... Read more
Documentaries about documentary makers are always fascinating propositions, especially when the subjects of the film are as renowned as D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. Gerold Hofrnann's film strikes a balanced viewpoint, in his entertaining examination of two of the most influential filmmakers ... Read more
Terry's being punished in an odd and humorous way for every bad thing he's ever done wrong. He hopes that calling old friends and apologising for past mistakes will rectify the situation. ... Read more
Catherine Breillat is back on MIFF screens after her immensely popular and controversial film Romance steamed up screens in 1999. Sex is Comedy sees Breillat venture into new territory—pseudo-documentary—as she examines, wrth her tongue firmly planted in her cheek, the natune of making ... Read more
What's on the mind of the woman next door when it comes to sex? A couple of a dozen women representing a rich variety of ages, ethnic and economic backgrounds, and sexual preferences go public with some of their innermost secrets. ... Hugely entertaining but also poignant and thought provoking ... Read more
Kaliyappan is an executioner in southern India, whose job provides adequate financial reward but is destroying his conscience. Presiding over the hanging of someone whom he is certain is innocent, Kaliyappan's guilt is quite literally killing him. Alienated from his family, he turns to drink to ... Read more
A young girl reaches out to befriend a man with shadowy intentions. This surprising short screened in Aspen, Palm Springs, Edinburgh and London. ... Read more
Slaves of the Lord, straight from Directors' Fortnight in Cannes this year, is the highly anticipated new work from the director of the short film Grief (Winner Grand Prix, MIFF 2001). Bresson-like in its conjuring of one girl's profound spiritual disorientation it is also, like Grief, a work of ... Read more
Jakob is a crabby 80-year old Dutch East India veteran. Disapointed with life, he passes his days in loneliness, angry at the world. A young Sudanese refugee, Majok, is seeking a safe haven in Holland. Avoiding the authorities, he only feels at home with the cows, a reminder of his home country ... Read more
"Jeff Blitz's riveting documentary follows eight young competitors of all backgrounds as they compete in the National Spelling Bee. During this high-pressure Super Bowl of the vocabulary, Blitz effectively inter-cuts biographical information on the eight entrants with interviews from past champions ... Read more
It is 1946 and China is picking itself up after the withdrawal of Japanese troops. Yuwen lives in a war-damaged house with her ailing husband, Dai, her sister-in-law, Xiu, and a house servant. She is bored and restless, looking for distractions when Zhang, an old flame and a friend of Dai's, pays ... Read more
"Between the wish and the thing, life lies waiting", goes the saying. Deborra-Lee Furness directs a stellar cast (including Hugh Jackman, Joanna Lumley, Sophie Dahl, Michael Gambon and Mary-Elizabeth Mastrantonio) to create a poignant, stylish meditation on this sentiment. ... Read more
Steve James (director of the international hit basketball doc, Hoop Dreams) first met Stevie Fielding in 1982. James joined the 'Big Brother' programme to mentor a hyperactive and difficult 11-year-old. James lost contact with the troubled youngster for over a decade, which Stevie spent cycling ... Read more
In a vast medieval hospital a doctor enters the x-ray room, where we catch a glimpse of the process as performed 500 years ago. He continues into the operating theatre, where the patient is 'anaesthetised'. The procedure works, but there is something wrong with the methodology ... Screened at ... Read more
Meet Mistress Ursula. She's young, she's beautiful, she's successful, and she's very, very happy in her career as a professional Dominatrix. Megan Spencer's new documentary takes us on a tour through the complex and fascinating world that is Female Domination. Don't you dare flinch ... ... Read more
Studio One Story is a reggae fan's dream come true. Dozens of interviewees, a treasury of rare footage and photographs, insider gossip, hilarious anecdotes, colourful yarns and fond recollections combine to make this a singularly complete history. ... Anchored in the remembrances of ultra laidback ... Read more
This mufti-award winning gem, whose prizes includes the FIPRESCI award at the Venice Film Festival and the Silver Leopard at Locarno, is outrageous, funny and utterly unpredictable. ... Marcia, overweight and unloved, arrives from the countryside to the bustling streets of Buenos Aires intent on ... Read more
Festival favourite Tony Gatlif (Vengo, MIFF 2001, Gadjo Dilo, MIFF 1998) returns with a meditative sunny and thoroughly enthralling new film. Enjoying an idyllic summer vacation in the Alsace countryside with his grandmother, 10-year-old Max becomes enchanted by the virtuoso Gypsy jazz guitar ... Read more
Ryu is a hearing-impared factory worker who spends his spare time with his younger sister and offbeat girlfriend. When his sister becomes dangerously ill, Ryu decides to offer her one of his kidneys, only to discover that he is not a suitable donor. Compounding his problem, he is sacked for ... Read more
In Unit 6B at Platypus Rise Flats, two hardened and damaged women living on a diet of soapies, sarcasm and frustration are about to reach breaking point. A bad day becomes worse by the hour and to top it off, the toilet won't flush. Twenty-something, ugh-booted Teesh is unemployed and uninspired ... Read more
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