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Films In 1994

... ... Todd Haynes, director of Poison and the Karen Carpenter Barbie-dull film Superstar, extends his reputation as America's Foremost radical filmmaker wirh the menacingly soothing Safe Julianne Moore plays a well-off San Fernando home-maker increasingly engulfed by an allergy diagnosed as ... Read more
Winter snow - through the red door. It's crazy show time. See the red peppers - they're really hot. The despondent one meets feral furry critter...love. ... The tumbling tomato sings a Spanish solo. The pert pears trip the light fantastic and why did the bananas split? ... Read more
A series of unpretentious short films in which young people relate first-hand the stones of acci­dents they have experienced before revealing the scars they now carry for the rest of their lives. ... Scars-Rebecca ... A brave young woman recounts her experiences from a New Year's Eve accident ... Read more
One of many similar rooms in a big city is a home to a woman and a cat. They live in isolation, prisoners of the environment and the prevailing urban culture. Their release is found in their imagination and a cinematic magic carpet. (RP) ... Read more
An unhappy family go on a day trip to the desert. The car is stolen and they must confront not only the thieves but their own perceptions and disillusionment with themselves and each other. ... Read more
On Christmas Day, Jason and Mane both wish to prove their love to one another through a gift. But neither has the money. A selfishless look at romantic love which speaks through deeds rather than words. ... Read more
A computer animation that mixes cartoon humour with the best of them. The Sleepy Guy just wants to get back to his dream romance but things just keep waking him up. ... Read more
Phoenix House, London, June 1985. Derek Jarman on a hot Summer's day in his flat; playing a musical saw, reflecting light from a gold leaf book and dressing a human skull. These brief fragments of the late film maker's life become a portrait in miniature redolent of his own home movies. A modest ... Read more
What would you do if your parent/s asked you to repay them financially for every cent and dollar they'd ever spent on you? A comical look at a the relationship between a single father and his son, as Dad begins to wonder, I may have had a sailboat if it weren't for my lazy, good for nothing son ... Read more
Spotcheck is a work upon the genre of TV ads and looks at the world that advertising has wrought. A visually stimulating piece which provokes questions and thoughts. ... Read more
Breast? Back? Of genius? Stroke is a splash of colour and confrontation. It's sink or swim when a lazy day at the pool turns to free-style fantasy. ... Read more
... ... Exploitation, in its many guises, is at the heart of this gritty, often heartbreakingly humor­ous documentary (an accusation that the film itself is not immune from) about the somewhat deluded aspirations of four desperados trying to make it in (or is that out of) the economically ... Read more
An animated exploration of twentieth century abstraction and architectural icons as devel­oped in Russian Constructivism and at the Bauhaus before its closure by the Nazis 1933. Of particular interest to students of modern archi­tecture this little gem seems to be speaking for Moholy-Nagy ... Read more
Ngal, a 19 year old Koorie boy, is caught between cultures. He lives in the city but yearns for reconnection with his ancestral heritage. Ngal was named after his dreaming, Ngalyod meaning rainbow serpent. As he seeks to reconnect he faces a turbulent journey as Western culture impacts on his ... Read more
From the streets of Manhattan to the edge of the Sahara, the story of Alpha Gassama and his family is the story of Africa and the world at the end of the 20th Century. "Where are you from?"asks a fare sitting in the back of the taxi Alpha drives. "M-A-L-I... thats Mali. The country is very poor and ... Read more
A visual and musical celebration of contempo­rary Victorian teenagers in their social tribes. From all works of life, the country, coastal surfies, independents, private school students, mul­ticultural and koories face up and act out for the camera. Seeing must suffice. ... Read more
... ... The first adaptation of Tim Winton's work to be made for the screen translates the evoca­tive poetry of his exquisite writing with great faith and subtlety. Amidst shades of Shane The Rainmaker and even Close Encounters comes this fascinating transplanting of the Western mythol­ogy ... Read more
Set amidst the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd, The Bear takes us into the backstage world of a struggling actor the man who plays the bear of the title in a top drawer production of A Winter's Tale. The unwanted anonymity afforded him by his rote is reflected in his life ... Read more
A black-and-white model animation involving three Kirk Douglases! A scenario of old movie archetypes and cliches is set Douglas as the tough newspaper editor, the brash young reporter and old hack-each caricatured figure given dialogue lines Douglas has possibly used in various movie roles. "Big ... Read more
A young woman (Tyson) breaks into a morgue to steal a corpse. Beautifully paced and veiled in a visual symphony of shadowy blues, this understated mystery shrouds a modern adaptation of Antigone in its contemporary filmic fabric . ... Read more
Another one shot wonder in the style of Rope pick the cuts if you can. Elegantly crafted decep­tively simple a friendship is dissected on the way to work. But has someone missed the bus? ... Read more
... ... From the director of Homecoming (MIFF 84) and Red Dust (I990)-Yim Ho one of the leaders of the 80s Hong Kong resurgence-comes a grip­ping Chabrol-esque thriller, winner of the top prize at the Tokyo Film Festival last September. ... ... ... "When Guan Jian tries to report a suspected ... Read more
It all begins when Luli's favourite uncle Oscar dies under mysterious circumstances in Mexi­co. Luli, aka writer-director Lourdes Portillo heads south in search of some answers. What we get is a 'documystery', an ever-so-slightly fic­tionalised account of a death in the family. ... Under ... Read more
The Devil's account ledger is a record of damned and captured souls. An animated film of varied (Ray-O-Grams to etchings) and unusual techniques. ... Read more
A wonderful depiction of an older and younger family relationship. Who understands anyone in families? Who relates or understands anymore? Sometimes the least likely family member can tap into that special reality that other members simply can't. ... Read more
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