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Films In 1994

"Sleek, chic and hysterical, the film owes more to Preston Sturges than Michelangelo Antonioni." - Cinematheque Ontario ... Set over a couple of frenetic days in a Taipei entertainment corporation, A Confucian Confusion weaves its way through a collection of characters linked by blood, profession ... Read more
A taut little tale about a son who witnesses tragedy and returns home laden with foreknowl­edge of anguish and loss to endure the hours that pass until his father is informed of the truth. Told economically without sentiment this film packs a punch. ... Read more
It is not Germany in 1945, but the year 2030. Dead forests stretch from the Alps to the North Sea, devastating floods inundate the coastal towns. In the summer months the Rhine is a parched river bed and in the winter huge floods sweep through the valleys. Computer graphics present a visionary look ... Read more
A sassy poke in the eye of political correctness? A sophisticated pun-laden piss-take on Freudian imagery and the masculmisation of the viewer in he cinema'? A sex therapists nightmare? A designers dream? Sumptuous and salacious, Crazy? is "Mmmm loverrly!" ... Read more
... ... Offensively pornographic, objectionably misogynist, or "the Breughel of the twenti­eth century"?, David Lynch presents a tour de force of film portraiture, an alternately hilarious and disturbing look at American underground comic artist Robert Crumb and his bizarre family ... Read more
She came, she stayed, she conquered! ... This new feature from Melbourne-based filmmaker Ann Turner follows the sexual and professional conquests of the colourful Dallas Adair - American golf-pro with a dubious putting style but an impressive habit of getting her own way - as she moves in with, and ... Read more
For thousands of years mystery and myth have shrouded the secrets of the grape Winemakers in America and Australia are now slowly master­ing its basic biochemistry and are sweeping the international awards with a new breed of fresh and fruity wines. Today they are exporting their discoveries ... Read more
Once again this Armenian Canadian film maker proves that she is the world s best alchemist of handmade abstract film this time taking on the aesthetic of her contemporaries Mike and Doug Starn. A natural homage and collabora­tion, in that Torossian's own darkroom tech­niques of decaying and ... Read more
... ... Dust of Life begins where many accounts of Vietnam end-after the fall of Saigon. In 1975 when the Communist army defeated the South Vietnamese forces, American soldiers made a quick exit leaving behind thousands of Amerasian children. Regarding their Western blood as problematic, the ... Read more
... ... In writer-director Jeremy Podeswa's cool and decidedly erotic debut feature, sex circulates like a good rumour as ten people unwittingly form a complex network of friends,lovers and casual encounters in an eerie game of carnal musical chairs—a business man picks up a rent boy then ... Read more
Imagine a house that heats and cools itself and filters its own air. Or a future where raw sewer­age is treated through a combination of pools containing fish and plants. In this engrossing tour of the future, the possibilities of an ecologically sustainable built environment seem not only ... Read more
... ... Ed Wood, generally considered to have made some of the trashiest films ever committed to celluloid (Glen or Glenda, Plan9 from Outerspace, I married a Monster) finally gets the star treatment he always dreamt of, in Tim Burton's beguiling and decidedly off-beat homage to the king of the ... Read more
Genuinely warm and engaging, Eden Valley exhibits the disarming honesty that has become the hallmark of the Newcastle-on-Tyne-based collective Amber Films (In Fading Light, Dream On, Letters to Katja). Here they turn their unique vision and working style to the communi­ty of harness racing in a ... Read more
A humorous model animation where a fried egg becomes aware of its own mortality. As it attempts to fend off the threatening spatula, where bribery, threats and egg-agility are to no avail, the egg finally takes a desperate measure. An everyday egg tragedy enacted within one and a half minutes in a ... Read more
Part travelogue part personal diary, Helen Underwood, like fellow British filmmaker Cordelia Swan utilises the notion of antiquity to express a kind of subliminal sensory awaken­ing. Photos fragments of videos and Super 8 film postcards and dialogues with friends inter­mingle with Roman ... Read more
A 3D computer animation of the 1990s that echoes Ruttman's Berlin: Symphony of a City of the 1920s. End of Restriction is a haunting poetic observation of the urban landscape and individuals in a small English town. ... Read more
Dev Benegal's blackly comic story of a mod­em, English-speaking, city-born young Indi­an who comes up against a different India when he works as a trainee civil servant in a small rural town. ... Based on the novel English, August-An Indian Story by Upamanyu Chatterjee, the film traces a ... Read more
Eternity tells the story of Arthur Stace, a man who for decades wandered the streets of Sydney, writing in perfect copperplate script the word 'Eternity' in yellow chalk. Regarded by some as a man saved by Christianity, and by others as a mystical obsessive, Stace is discussed by Sydney identities ... Read more
Ray Mooney's play Everynight...Everynight, an insider's view of life in Pentridge Prison's notorious H Division, has assumed a near legendary status since its original production in 1978 at a small Melbourne theatre. Those who have seen the play at this or subsequent productions speak of its ... Read more
A unique project originally shot in HDTV, Exterior Night utilises a previously unimaginable conceit-using original rear screen process plates and background scenes from Warner Brothers classics of the 30s, 40s and 50s. as the setting for a new work. ... A young man trying to find out about his ... Read more
Born in 1917, Lyndall Hendnkson's life has been one of extremities, from childhood violin prodigy to fame and wealth, to polio, paralysis and poverty. She has received worldwide acclaim for her unorthodox methods for teaching music, and achieved remarkable success both with very gifted children as ... Read more
... ... A Faust for our uncertain times from one of the world's most original filmmakers and brilliant animators. Abandon objective logic when you enter the wonderful world of Jan Svankmajer and expect a tale conjured from dreams and nightmares. ... ... ... Using marionettes pixelation and ... Read more
What does a fence mean to you? Bits of wood and concrete that distinguish one person's property from another? In this case, the definition extends further to encompass the sometimes self-imposed walls which distinguish individuals. Ingeniously and seemingly effortlessly shot, David Caesar takes us ... Read more
Five slices of the one pizza. Five off-the-wall comedies by five different directors featuring five comic actors. Five individuals grappling with stress and paranoia in the modern world. Each slice can be consumed on its own or all five in one sitting. ... Bernie's Magic MomentWriter/Director Mark ... Read more
Food. Religion. Televison. Using a multiplicity of styles, this technically accomplished animation seeks to present a critique of religion and consumer culture. With stylistic references to Ian Svankmaier and the Brothers Quay this film makes an impressive idiosyncratic statement. ... Read more
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