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Films In 2003

This biography of early civil rights activist Rob Williams focuses on the decade from 1959, during which Williams founded the Black Power movement, dodged a lynching and fled the US for his own safety. ... Williams was given a musket by his grandmother as a token of the family's ongoing resistance ... Read more
From the Berlin Film Festival, Johnnie To's P.T.U. went back home to open the Hong Kong Film Festival. This remarkable, taut action/drama takes place over a single night in the lives of a Police Tactical Unit investigating a gangland hit (that will literally 'stick' with you forever) and trying to ... Read more
An amazingly poetic form of animation concerning the mischievous anarchy of 'Pan', the woodland god, as he fades into the realm of mythic antiquity. Based on a poem by Robert Frost. Honourable mention, Sundance 2003. ... Read more
"I overheard Dad say 'He's turning into a bloody pansy.' And I remember standing in the front garden, looking down at the pansies thinking, 'I don't get it. I can't understand it. Why is such an inoffensive flower such an object of scorn?'" ... In this beautifully constructed autobiographical work ... Read more
When Melanie (Rachael Blake, Lantana, MIFF 2001) goes home from the pub with the best looking bloke (Sam Neill) there, she is more than pleased with herself. After a night of revelry, she passes out on his boat and is sailed away to his 'castle'—a rundown shack on a deserted island. Melanie's ... Read more
[Pink Ribbon] chronicles the rise and precarious survival of the least prestigious genre in Japanese cinema: the soft-core sex movie, also known as the pink film. [Pink Ribbon] surveys all angles of the industry via some of its most famous and prolific directors, as well as its stars, distributors ... Read more
Toongabbie Public School was the largest polling booth in Australia's most marginal federal electorate. Labour campaign workers arrive to find the Liberals have plastered the school with banners. Will democracy return to Toongabbie? The battle of the bunting has begun. ... Read more
"In an environment of pervasive corruption, political assassinations, and street rioting, the story of chaotic post-Soviet transition is told through culture clash, electricity disconnections and blackouts. AES Corp., the massive North American 'global power company', has purchased the privatised ... Read more
Jacqueline McKenzie (Angel Baby) is Daphne, a single woman living in Sydney in the 1890s, who runs a taxidermy service, inherited from her late father. Unable to accept his passing, she frequents a 'spiritualist photographer', who claims to summon the dead and then photograph their ghostly image ... Read more
A furious, hyper-realistic window into the very bottom of the Copenhagen underworld, the blockbuster hit Pusher, the debut feature from its 25-year-old director, was instrumental in putting Danish cinema back on the international map post-Dogma. ... It tells the story of Frank (Kim Bodia), a ... Read more
Tribe 8: a compelling combination of funny, tough, foul-mouthed, ribald, outspoken, outrageous and just plain out-there women playing full-throttle, militantly lesbian punk rock. Add to this their penchant for playing topless and engaging in sadomasochistic play and mock castrations onstage and ... Read more
A romantic comedy in which security officer, Laurence, guards an empty office and spends life in an endless circle until he falls in love with Ann. She offers an opportunity for his spirit to escape, but things are never that easy. ... Read more
Love, in Ingmar Bergman's films, carries something of the raw chill of a Swedish wind. [Saraband], his latest and perhaps last film, is no different, delivering intimacy and human connection with a savage bite that pushes love into the realm of loathing. ... Saraband is the sequel to Bergman's 1973 ... Read more
Love, in Ingmar Bergman's films, carries something of the raw chill of a Swedish wind. [Saraband], his latest and perhaps last film, is no different, delivering intimacy and human connection with a savage bite that pushes love into the realm of loathing. ... Saraband is the sequel to Bergman's 1973 ... Read more
Playfully crossing almost all genres, including thriller comedy, horror and action, this dynamic debut film from Korean hot-shot, Jang Jun-hwan, recalls the deliriously creative work of Jeunet and Caro (The City of Lost Children, Delicatessen). ... The hero of Save the Green Planet! is Byeong-gu, a ... Read more
Meet Mark 'The Smashing Machine' Kerr, the undisputed, unstoppable champion of the world's most savage sport. No-holds-barred 'ultimate fighting' gained massive popularity in the US, even out-rating boxing and pro-wrestling, until it was banned in the mid-1990s. ... With an inhuman capacity for ... Read more
Stoked is a phenomenal skating history with a rockin' soundtrack featuring music from a bunch of 80s hardcore acts such as Black Flag and Butthole Surfers, outrageous interviews with every major skater of the past two decades and killer action footage. Director Helen Stickler has gone one step ... Read more
A mother. A son. A phone call. ... Read more
Direct from Cannes, the chameleon-like Francois Ozon returns to MIFF screens with two of his favourite actors, Charlotte Rampling (Under the Sand, MIFF 2001) and Ludivine Sagnier (Water Drops on Burning Rocks, MIFF 2000, 8 Women) in his first English-language film. Charlotte Rampling is Sarah ... Read more
"I had a homosexual dog and I beat it to death. So is my son, but I can't beat him to death." Jochen Hick scandalised and titillated MIFF audiences in 1998 with Sex/Life in LA. His latest project turns the lens on his homeland with alternatively mirthful and moving results and no small measure of ... Read more
Is it too late to do it all again? Colin and Denny Burgess hold a special place in the pantheon of Australian rock. Since the 60s the pair have enjoyed stints in The Masters' Apprentices, saucy 60s beat sensation The Throb and even a formative line-up of AC/DC. Three years ago, when this ... Read more
It's Ashley and Mike's tenth wedding anniversary. To celebrate, Mike buys his wife a bunch of roses and takes her to her favourrte restaurant. Everything seems fine, but is it? Ashley has had a dream that unnerved her and she wants to talk about it ,but Mike doesn't. "How do you tell if someone ... Read more
A wonderful new Aussie comedy from acclaimed director Ted Emery (Kath & Kim, Fast Forward). Wally Norman, a rural battler, is the foreman of a failing meat­packing plant. He is suddenly and reluctantly thrust into public office when a couple of corrupt local politicians devise a way to deflect ... Read more
Developed over four years from the art workshops in a London Community Care Trust house, the memories, aspirations and observations of the clients are eloquently and sympathetically brought into the animated realm. ... Read more
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