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“No man can tell what he will do when driven by hunger.” - Alexander Pearce ... In 1822, eight convicts escape the brutal penal settlement of Macquarie Harbour, only to find the wilds of Tasmania a much crueller reality. As the provisions run out and the men fight to stay alive, only one option ... Read more
Ambitious and outspoken, Frida is as Aussie as they come and she wears a headscarf. Selling American imported evening wear in Melbourne's Muslim heartland in Frida's Boutique anything is possible. ... Director Celeste Greer will introduce the session on Sunday 13 August, 11am at Greater Union. ... Read more
The electrifying tale of Verna and Cosmonaut Sivik. After the shocking death of her lover, Verna is alone. Meanwhile, orbiting in space, Cosmonaut Sivik becomes bacterially infected due to a malfunction in the sanitary unit. Verna watches Sivik on the telly as he lapses into dementia and the ... Read more
As Russian planes begin to bomb Georgia, a Russian woman and her daughter board a bus to escape - but will they be discovered? ... --- ... D/S George Barbakadze P Scott Gustetter, Lazaro Hernandez L Russian, Georgian w/English subtitles TD betacamsp/2010 ... --- ... D/S George Barbakadze P Scott ... Read more
Tapestry is one of the richest and oldest of the mural arts. The Victorian Tapestry Workshop was established in 1976 to encourage the art, and to establish a training ground for weavers and artists. ... This film documents the transformation of a Roger Kemp painting into a major tapestry, and by so ... Read more
A man, a video camera, a life! Robert Gib­son's home movies are verite at its most voyeuristic and vertiginous. Since 1983 Gibson has carried a camcorder with him at all times. Repeat-at all times. So adept has he become with the palmcorder that, like a yet to be made Cronenberg flick, the ... Read more
When Hanoi was under threat of massive US bombing in 1965, students and teachers from the Conservatorium of Music fled to the countryside. There they re-established their school by building an entire campus underground, including a 500-seat auditorium and 40 special caverns for the pianos ... Read more
Paul Cox uses the letters of Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo, written between 1872 and his death in 1890, to tell the artist's story and explore the sites of his inspiration. It is a documentary drama which unlike the biopic Lust For Life investigates the artist's life without using an actor ... Read more
A comment on the history and current trends of violence in the cinema. ... Read more
Screens with Razorback.George Miller's Violence in the Cinema Part 1 was a multiple award-winner on the international film festival circuit. Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive.---D/S George Miller P Byron Kennedy, George Miller TD 35mm/1971/12mins ... Read more
A quietly chilling and sinister portrayal of a family living with a terrible secret: an abused child. (JB) ... 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
A visual interpretation of the Viscount Song, using design in place of narrative. ... Read more
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A lonely woman who lives with her daughter in disconnected silence sews herself a new man from discarded rags. His presence exacerbates tension in the mother-daughter relationship. An unconventional drama of lonliness and redemption. ... D Paul Andersen S Rachel Bowen P Sacha Rodriguez, Miranda ... Read more
Using photo-animation techniques, this publicity film advertises Shell petrols that contain I.C.A. ... Read more
Lissa's new neighbours are freaks .They believe strongly in the power of lemons, and their 16-year-old son scrubs his feet before going to bed. He's definitely not the sort of boy a cool chick should be hanging around with. But he is a real live vitalogist and they don't grown on trees. ... Read more
The delicate and spectacular plumes of the bird of paradise are items of wealth and decoration to the tribes of the Nuigini Highlands. Whilst adapting to 'modern development', the Highlanders ... retain their ancient rituals. ... Read more
Doug Smith is a loner who lives in a cheap one-room apartment, and works as a storeman. He is not outgoing. He leaves home for work on a morning in which the Prime Minister has addressed Australians, asking them to shed themselves of their apathy. He is stopped by a reporter from a newspaper, and ... Read more
This witty collection of vignettes profiles a city and some of the people that can be found there. A combination of a quirky shooting style and a discordant sound track effectively con­denses a variety of mood and texture into three minutes. ... Read more
Life hasn't been the same for Seth Selwyn since the death of his beloved father. So, with a little help from Jesus, a heavy-duty battery and a set of jump leads, Seth is planning a family reunion. ... Read more
Jackie McKimmie's new film Waiting has the clever thumb-nail portraits of Australian types that we saw in her film Australian Dream minus the desperate nervous energy. Waiting has a peaceful heart and gives more reflective space to the consideration of "challenging personal choices". Waiting ... Read more
A watched relationship never boils! A simple film that shows the offer of something hot is not verybody's cup of tea. ... Read more
Winner of two prizes at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival (including the Teddy for Best Feature) and also selected for the Hong Kong Film Festival, Walking on Water is a refreshingly unsentimental, and even surprisingly humourous, film about people dealing with loss and grief. ... Charlie (Vince ... Read more
A lifelong bond between a teenage boy and his dog is coming to an end. Bottled up, his grief becomes a wall that sits between him and the people that he loves. Staying strong can be hard, especially when you're losing your best friend. ... ---D/S Amy Gebhardt P Donna Sennett WS Australian Film ... Read more
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