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Films In 2005

[Girl in a Mirror] is a riveting portrait of the extraordinary Carol Jerrems, a photographer of phenomenal talent, who documented counter-culture in Australia during the 1970s. Precocious and irreverent, Jerrems mixed with filmmakers, musicians and fellow photographers in Melbourne and Sydney ... Read more
Yokai / n. pl. Bizarre-looking monsters and supernatural beings from Japanese folklore who like to play tricks on unsuspecting humans. Eight-year-old Tadashi, a meek schoolboy from a broken family, finds himself leading an epic quest when he is chosen as the next Kirin Rider at an annual festival ... Read more
Writer-director Nanouk Leopold's impressive second feature delves into notions of how we create distances and fall out of phase with one another. ... A strong-willed, thirty-something, wife and mother, Anna is an irrigation engineer on aid missions, seemingly leading a comfortable existence. When a ... Read more
Yemima's family believe that she is the reincarnation of her late grandmother. ... Read more
Children ring, whispering terrible secrets. A young woman counsels them while struggling to deal with her own abusive childhood. A beautiful and devastating film about saving others, and oneself.---D/S Benoit Tételin P Paolo Somaga, Benoit Tételin WS Institut International de l'image et du son L ... Read more
The Hawk is Dying screened as part of Director's Fortnight at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Character actor of the moment Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Cinderella Man) turns in another consummate performance in The Hawk is Dying, based on the 1973 novel by Southern writer Harry Crews. Giamatti plays ... Read more
In this satire on the quest for celebrity, an actor finds out his audition is actually a snuff film...and they're not giving him the part.---D/S Dennis Heaton P Karen Lam L English TD 16mm/col/2005/6mins ... Read more
Heading South was a multi award-winner at the Venice Film Festival. ... Haiti in the 1970s may have been an island paradise for some - but it was a brutal reality for those subjected to “Baby Doc” Duvalier's notoriously violent regime. Three financially liquid, middle-aged North American women ... Read more
Heart, Beating in the Dark is a remake, a sequel, a making of and a continuation of Nagasaki's 1982 Super 8 classic of the same name. It is also, according to the Rotterdam Film Festival, “the finest achievement in recent Japanese cinema”. ... Not content with simply remaking his original ... Read more
‘Hatred' a loud metal band from Wales with an average age of 10. This documentary follows their shambolic preparations for their first gig. ... Read more
All is not as it seems when an elderly man returns home, only to be greeted by burglars. This mini thriller will keep you guessing until the last frame.---D Marc Brummond P Katharina Dulner S Christina Töllner WS Hamburg Media School L no dialogue TD 35mm/B&W/2005/6mins ... Read more
“This is a horror story because most characters are Republicans.” - Joe Dante ... “If I had one wish, I would wish for your son to come back,” says an oily political consultant to the mother of a dead soldier. He should have kept his mouth shut… This political satire from Dante sees ... Read more
“A virtual two-hander between an ornery skeptic and a young evangelist… with Host and Guest first time writer-director Dong-il Shin has fashioned a thoughtful, witty and involving gem.” - Variety An unlikely friendship between a morose filmmaker who has never made a film and an overly ... Read more
Screened in Director's Fortnight, this film is, at once, a revelation (one of the few at Cannes this year) and a reaffirmation of filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's ability to mould humour, socio-political satire and visceral kicks. At a US army base in Seoul, an American officer gives the order to dump ... Read more
“The physical, emotional and cosmic unite in Andrucha Waddington's powerful The House of Sand… magnificently renders a fresh view of life on planet Earth.” - Variety ... This epic drama plays out on the sandy plains of northern Maranhão where three generations of women live out a ... Read more
“Somebody once asked me, ‘Melvin, how'd you get to the top?'. It was simple. Nobody would let me in at the bottom.” - Melvin Van Peebles, 1986 ... While the revolutionary 1971 film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, earned Melvin Van Peebles the title ‘godfather of modern black cinema' ... Read more
A dark and dangerous episode in Australia's cinema history is vibrantly reanimated and reinterpreted through Hunt Angels. Using innovative digital composite techniques never before utilised in an Australian feature film, director Alec Morgan and visual effects specialist Rose Draper blend 1930s ... Read more
In 1965, Yash Pal Suri left India for the UK. The first thing he did on his arrival in England was buy two Super 8 cameras, two projectors and two reel-to-reel recorders. One set of equipment he sent to his family in India, the other he kept for himself. For 40 years, he used it to share his new ... Read more
In this stylish pulp thriller and political story, filmmaker Serge Le Péron brings to light one of the strangest and most disturbing episodes in French history - the unsolved and topical disappearance of the Moroccan liberation activist Ben Barka. George Figon (Charles Berling), an ex-con from a ... Read more
"We don't have a plan, so nothing can go wrong", the most famous comic of our times once declared. ... [I Told You I was Ill: The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan] is an intimate portrait of comic genius and manic-depressive Spike Milligan, told largely through his three daughters, his brother and ... Read more
Taking their cues from the umbrella theme of ‘prejudice', highly talented Korean animators have put their minds together to create If You Were Me: Anima Vision, a collection of six animated shorts. Spearheaded by Korea's National Human Rights Commission, which launched the first omnibus feature ... Read more
In the Pit won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Mexico City, one of the world's most populous urban centres, bustles daily with over three million cars, travelling in and out and all over its metropolis. Between 2003 and 2005, crews of construction workers were dealt the task of ... Read more
Sergio Leone's classic The Good, The Bad and the Ugly provides Tscherkassky with a canvas on which to create a hyper-kinetic marriage of sound and vision that celebrates and deconstructs the very nature of the filmstrip. ... Peter Tscherkassky, 17mins, 2005, 35mm CinemaScope, B&W, Sound ... Read more
Into Great Silence was winner of a Special Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Nestled in the French Alps, the Grand Chartreuse monastery is home to the Carthusian Order, one of the most strict and reclusive orders of Roman Catholic monks. Eschewing outsiders, the order has never been ... Read more
Life on a peaceful if rather rain-sodden island is disrupted by an uninvited guest. Commissioned by Channel 4 and directed by 2004 RCA graduate Matt Abbiss.---D/S Matt Abliss P/WS Sherbert L English TD video/col/2005/3mins ... Read more
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