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Films In 2003

John Smith is obsessed by names. Bold names. Old names. Names with flourish. Anything to change his boring life. His journey takes him to the heart of bureaucracy, and what he finds is not only a new identity. Samuel Johnson and Kim Gyngell shine as a pair of happy idiots. ... Read more
A 1965 installment of TV pop show Shindig: Rolling Stones Brian Jones and Mick Jagger gush about their inspirational first listen to Little Red Rooster. When it looks like the show's presenter is going to prattle on, Jones snarls, "Shut up and bring out the Wolf!" The Stones had only appeared on ... Read more
"Occupy. Resist. Produce." The catchcry of Movement of Recovered Companies fuels Argentina's out-of-work employees in their efforts to re-start the factories following the country's spectacular economic collapse in 2001. ... Canadian activists Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis chart the struggle of 30 ... Read more
Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, The Weather Underground is a complete and unflinching history of the extreme militant group that caused one of the biggest manhunts in FBI history. "When you feel you have right on your side, you can do some pretty horrific things." ... Read more
This searing new film from Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher, MIFF 2001, Funny Games, MIFF 1998), starring Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher), arrives straight from Official Selection at Cannes this year, where it divided audiences with its apocalyptic vision and Haneke's utterly rigorous style ... Read more
Following the success of Tokyo Express 02, Madman Entertainment, Australia's leading distributor of quality anime features and series, have compiled an exclusive programme previewing four pilot episodes of upcoming series: ... Full Metal Panic Teenage Sousuke Sagara's past is a mystery. He's lived ... Read more
Adelaide, 1971. Leanne (Pia Miranda), 21, has left adolescence behind and is teetering on the edge of adulthood, yet yearns for a life that she can only see through the lens of her camera. Her sister, Bronwyn (Sacha Horler), is stuck in a dead-end marriage, and feels the world closing in around ... Read more
This mockumentary with a death-wish was a sell-out at Rotterdam Film Festival where it delighted audiences with its combination of macabre black humour and, well, more macabre black humour! Paul Miller (Paul Rudd, The Chateau, MIFF 2001) is an almost talented LA actor at the end of his tether. He ... Read more
Acknowledged as the revelation of the Official Competition at Cannes this year, and the recipient of the Grand Jury Prize and the Best Actor award—shared between the two leads—Uzak is a haunting tale of displacement and longing from Turkish auteur Nun Bilge Ceyian. ... Yusuf has left ... Read more
At night, Violet (Rebecca Frith) listens to the words of romance. In the day, she witnesses the love of a father and son. From a gesture of innocent intention, she becomes the centre of their hidden desires. Can Violet open her heart? ... Read more
Eighteen-year-old Alice has finished summer vacation and all her friends have gone to college. Out of boredom - and the looming prospect of a dead-end job in a New England backwater - she steals money from her boss and embarks on a 1000-mile road trip to Miami in a beat up Ford Escort. A succession ... Read more
Olegas Truchanas and Peter Dombrovskis were two of Australia's greatest wilderness photographers. Their work became synonymous with campaigns to protect Tasmania's natural heritage, campaigns that changed Australia's awareness of its environment forever. This insightful documentary is a wonderful ... Read more
A truly unsettling, visually inventive, stylistically thrilling and quite marvellous diamond in the rough. Woodenhead takes the traditional fairy tale and re-processes it through the minds of filmmakers like Canadian master of the peculiar Guy Maddin and animators of the arcane, the Quay Brothers ... Read more
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