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Films In 1994

A wicked commentary on one man's bizarre per­ceptions of cultural and national identity in which live-action is substituted as a metaphor for animation. ... Read more
Torn from the headlines of today's tabloids, nothing you may have seen before from the Indian cinema will prepare you for the shock of Bandit Queen. ... India's most famous and most feared outlaw surrendered to the police in 1983. This outlaw stood accused of numerous counts of murder and ... Read more
Loudmouth Vincent embarrasses his friend Louis who asks him about condoms. Louis doesn't use the condom... and things don't end quite as easily... ... Read more
In the harsh landscape of the Judean desert, two Israeli truck drivers accidently hit and kill a Bedouin child. The confrontation between the family of the child and the drivers is a stark and fascinating study of a changing culture's valuation of life. ... Read more
Little boys that play with gun powder should be more careful. Blinder looks at the friends and humour to be found when you grow up and have a dead eye removed. ... Read more
Lizzie Reed is seventy four years old and has devoted her later life to bringing love and hope into the lives of babies born into the hopeless life of Crack. The style of the film reflects wonderfully Lizzie's life; meandering and forever convinced the world is good. This is despite the obvious ... Read more
Red ones, white ones, yellow ones, orange ones, large ones, small ones, some that aren't even round - boys will play with balls. Sue Thompson set out to find out why and the result of her investigation is Boys And Balls. Led by the typically obtuse commentary of sports gurus H.G. Nelson and Roy ... Read more
Burlesque drawings, shapes, symbols, flowers, landscape, snowflake etchings and rich abstract colour fields in continuous kaleidoscopic collision; Brain Surge is in rhythmic pursuit. Chris Knowles' post-systems music track drives the film's relentless zooming and spinning images on a journey, which ... Read more
A gritty tale of misguided revenge set in the underbelly of Sydney where, in the world of the homeless identity is hard to come by and harder to keep and trivial possessions become things worth fighting for . Tough and bleak in its outlook Brave is a film that s not afraid to be brutal. ... Read more
Shot in grainy black and white, this is a smooth slice of New York's time-warped barber shop culture. Immensely stylish and laid back, Brooklyn on the Bowery exudes an irresistible 50s style and look. You can almost smell the single cuts (remember them?), Brylcream and hot towels as these old ... Read more
Four friends go spotlighting: you're 16, a bloke and live in the country what do you do? From dead and not so dead rabbits to the classroom an empowering look at young male identity that never lapses into moralising reasoning. Bunny is a short vignette about peer group pressure and positive ... Read more
"Someone gave bad seed director Ringo Lam many Hong Kong dollars to remake Burning of the Red Lotus Temple, an epic about popular character Fong Sai Yuk (see Fong Sai Yuk elsewhere in this section). Instead of Corey Yuen's feelgood romp of the year before, Lam served up this nightmare in which all ... Read more
... ... Ddicated to "all those who were burnt by the betraying sun of the revolution", this master­ful display of bravura filmmaking by director Niki­ta Mikhaikov (Close to Eden, Slave of Love, Oblomov) is a tale of tragic grandeur told through the deli­cate palette of a single summer's ... Read more
"... all the time you were trying to make me good all you had to do was turn bad yourself ..." ... Part love story, part roadkill, this driving butch/fern buddy pic is as bizarre as they come-a very black comedy. It is a severe depar­ture from Michael Winterbottom's recent televi­sion work ... Read more
A return to the picnic setting favoured by French painters such as Seurat and Manet more than a century ago but long since passed into postcard pop. Using optical manipulation and subtle colour tones, Bokanowski liquifies the scene into a gently intoxicated interplay of light, shape and movement ... Read more
Careful with Boots' is a naive folk art style of animation with songs sung by children set in Mexico with accidently charming subtitles. A turtle comes out of the sea to lay its eggs on the beac.h The village thief Boots decides to steal the eggs so he can buy "a big tape recorder a pair of blue ... Read more
Chicken is a movement based work that aim explore concepts of communication through use of gesture. The work has been cho graphed for eight dancers. The video was s on an angled roadway in Richmond, Melbourne in slow motion, and uses the music of Ph Glass as background- ... Read more
So what? ... So what what? ... A quirky, simple and direct piece. Amusing energetic. ... Read more
... ... Rarely has a portrait of insanity been as suc­cessfully and disturbingly realised as in this remarkable feature debut by Lodge Kerrigan. The lead character's search for his missing daughter while plagued by hallucinations and under investigation for murder is presented through a ... Read more
The jazz-singer and Mr Art-ln-Public-Piaces have spotted each other in the bustle of down town Bigcity. It was love at first sight. The only question is—will they find each other before the film ends? ... Read more
A strange and curious world: artificial scenes, a monster claw, a dancing razor, spilled liquid. Direct from a heaven of tangled filmic ideas. What does it mean? What is being represented? ... Read more
... ... Cahiers du Cinema critic, screenwriter for Andre Techine and others, as well as an award-win­ning filmmaker, Olivier Assayas could be consid­ered part of a 'family' of French auteurs. Which explains why, when the idea for the series Tous les gamins et les filles deuleur age (All the ... Read more
... ... Winner of the Camera d'Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, Pascale Ferran's haunting debut feature is a compelling triptych of interconnected stories; an intriguing puzzle where the invasive past meshes with the pre­sent, suggesting that an entire lifetime may be spent in coming to ... Read more
Concrete City charts City West's development in Pyrmont focusing on the clash between commercial and residential interests. Controversies dealt with include the casino, the heliport, and the destruction of heritage. The film documents such community-based endeavours as the declaration of the ... Read more
"Displacement is as tangible as cold rain in Con­crete Garden. A young Caribbean girl arrives in six­ties Britain to find herself in a landscape of dark brick streets, school yard racism and a clois­tered community keenly aware of its bound­aries ." A sensitive portrayal of cultural ... Read more
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