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Films In 2008

“Far too outlandish to be believable - except it's all true.” - Wired ... What happens when the sceptical outsider becomes romantically involved with the ultimate insider? For Paul H-O, the fly in the ointment of the New York art scene of the 80s and 90s, his entanglement with the much lauded ... Read more
“There is no tomorrow, all my tomorrows are yesterday.” ... Melody (Saffron Burrows) has been living an anaemic existence for a long time. With a thankless job and an equally thankless relationship, she’s closing in on her thirties when everything comes ... Read more
“The two-dozen high-school basketballers assembled in this stupefyingly enjoyable doc are the future Iron Men of the NBA.” - Time Out NY ... Rucker Park in Harlem looks no different to any other basketball court in New York City, but this is the place where nicknames are earned, and legends are ... Read more
A Chinese couple trying hard to be ‘Australian' set off for Sydney and discover that distance is not confined to the landscape. ... --- D/S Corrie Chen P Miranda Worthington WS VCA School of Film & Television L English, Mandarin w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2008 ... Read more
Local actor Syd Brisbane stars in this atmospheric portrait of a travelling salesman. Feneley's short Snow screened at MIFF 06 and was part of Cinefondation Cannes in the same year. World premiere --- D/S/P Dustin Feneley TD digibeta/2008/13mins ... Read more
Escaping the heat, humidity and haze outside, two teenagers stay indoors and play out an innocent love affair. Screened at Berlin Film Festival, Australian premiere --- D/S Anthony Chen P Felicia Tan L Mandarin, Hokkien and English w/English subtitles TD 2008/14mins ... Read more
When artist Jacqui Stockdale embarks on a portrait of her long time muse Rose, we witness the changing nature of love within the creative process. --- D Amy Gebhhardt P Tony Ayres, Michael McMahon TD digibeta/2007/30mins ... Read more
Some people will pay for anything, and at Heartbreak Motel everything is on offer. Stars local comedian Darren Casey. World premiere --- D/P/S Aaron McLoughlin TD digibeta/2007/7mins ... Read more
An Indonesian institution for the ‘mentally disturbed' is a distressing world of squalor, screams and an unexpected cure. ... Not in competition ... --- D/S Dria Soetomo, Leonard Retel Helmrich P Orlow Seunke WS Ecco Films Indonesia L Indonesian w/English subtitles TD betacamsp/2008 ... Read more
“Heidi Fleiss is kind of synonymous with sex and money and that's the big deal. But really, I'm just your average convicted felon." - Heidi Fleiss ... Celebrity has-beens are a dime a dozen, but Heidi Fleiss is more than a rich girl gone wrong. After making her name in the late 90s as a madam who ... Read more
Deadpan slacker absurdity meets mobster high jinks - plus a little kung fu - in this Icelandic comedy from Olaf de Fleur Johannesson. ... Lightweight debt collector David is on the lowest rung on the short ladder of Icelandic petty crims. Dreaming of climbing his way to a prestigious position in ... Read more
“A road movie in reverse.” - filmmaker Ursula Meier ... Starring one of France's finest actresses, Isabelle Huppert, in a brilliantly modulated performance, Ursula Meier makes an ambitious filmmaking debut with this modern social farce about an anarchic family of five living beside an abandoned ... Read more
“This is the kind of slow burn, believable descent from childhood into insanity that Rob Zombie wished he had captured in his Halloween remake.” - Dread Central ... Actor Christopher Denham (Charlie Wilson's War) turns in a creepy-as-hell filmmaking debut of the hand-held, fictional ‘found ... Read more
A wheelchair-mounted camera explores the unexpected perspective and intriguing modifications of a man's flat/amusement park/world. ... --- D/P/S Martin Bruch, Reinhilde Condin WS SixPackFilm TD 35mm/2008 ... Read more
An act unforgiven. A father lost in grief - and driven to vengeance. ... "The Horseman is a balls to the wall, edgy thriller. Think Get Carter in 'Stubbies' crossed with Tarantino." - Greg McLean (director - Wolf Creek & Rogue) ... As Christian travels through outback Australia, the recent death of ... Read more
The body is the last resource for protest. ... In 1981 Bobby Sands, an Irish Republican, starved himself to death as a protest against the British government. He died painfully and - in the eyes of the IRA - as a martyr. Hunger unrelentingly depicts the last months of his life in Belfast's Maze ... Read more
“Who wants to live in a world where the same strip mall is in every town and city, where everyone who helps you is in a stupid blue uniform?” - filmmaker Brendan Toller ... With wry humour and DIY gusto, guerrilla filmmaker Brendan Toller investigates why over 3000 independent record stores ... Read more
“I might ask for a fingernail or a toenail or a lock of hair or a scab or skin from a blister or something, I could ask for that.” ... Propelled to number 1 on the Billboard charts in 1988, teen-queen Tiffany gained millions of fans worldwide, but two in particular took their fandom to an ... Read more
Festival favourite and dependably inventive animator Bill Plympton (Mutant Aliens, MIFF 2002) has produced a neat and nasty moral opus. ... In a bleak urban world of cars, bars and burbs, a cruel and selfish man makes an unpleasant discovery; he is growing wings. These irremovable appendages ... Read more
“Just when you think you've seen every possible variation on the hit-man genre, Irish playwright Martin McDonagh… has fashioned an audacious combination of Old World grace and modern ultraviolence.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Bruges, Belgium is the kind of medieval city that exists in ... Read more
MIFF programmer Nick Moore talks with minimalist composer Michael Nyman, who has written the scores for dozens of films including The Piano, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and The Draughtsman's Contract (showing this year at MIFF). Also screening in this year's MIFF program is Peter ... Read more
“If I've learned anything from big budget action movies it's that complicated global problems are best solved by one lonely guy.” ... Join the charismatic documentary filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me); as he speaks about his life and latest film, Where in the World is Osama Bin ... Read more
It is happening now: in our country. ... Shot by Dutch cinematographer Leonard Retel Helmrich, known for his innovative camera techniques, this documentary is one of the most exquisitely crafted pieces of filmmaking in this section - and beyond. In My Father's Country takes us inside the Dhuruputji ... Read more
The Office meets Yes Minister and Monty Python dosed up on speed in this hilarious take on political machinations and backroom deal making. ... The bumbling political road to the Iraq war on both sides of the Atlantic comes under fire in this densely plotted, whip-smart and distressingly plausible ... Read more
A Kafkaesque nightmare of never-ending exits envelopes a woman as she tries to leave her flat. ... --- D/S Ana Tiquia P Paul Fletcher, Robert Stephenson WS VCA School of Film & Television TD betacamsp/2008 ... Read more
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