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Films In 1996

A French television crew arrives in Belfast in 1981 to cover the hunger strike of Bobby Sands. The television crew focus on two working class families (one Protestant family and the other Catholic), and shows how each family is affected by the events leading up to the death of Bobby Sands ... Read more
Ghostly images flicker through the projector. An unidentified family amuse themselves on a beach. This home movie accidently left in the super 8 camera given to the filmmaker by his girlfriend on return from Belfast becomes the filmmakers obsession. Transfixed by the family m the film he sets out ... Read more
A Bit of Scarlet is an imaginatively constructed, painstakingly assembled and highly amus­ing montage of gay-themed cliches and stereo­types from 60-odd years of British cinema. Director Andrea Weiss sets out to entertain first and enlighten second; individual scenes are not tied to ... Read more
25 year old Judith Helfand is crewing on a doc­umentary about the cancerous effects of DES (a drug supposed to prevent miscarriages which was widely prescribed in the 1960s) when she discovers that she is a 'DES Daughter'. Faced with a hysterectomy she agrees to participate in the film but ... Read more
The lyrical and spare storytelling that Makhmalbaf applied in Gabbeh (MIFF 1996) is utilised again to tell another personal story, this time it is the director's own, told from two differ­ent points of view. Blending the present with the past, and fusing reality and remembrances with ... Read more
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Tadpoles don't stay as tadpoles, and in a kitchen things have a way of ending up in the pot. This very short film uses an economical technique (back-lit sand on glass) that lends itself to big moves and transformation. It is used very skilfully here to define character, space and time. ... With no ... Read more
Having left Franco's Spain many years prior Elias, now returns to meet what remains of his family and to confront the present day reality of his long guarded and cherished memories. Correspondence with his grandson, Eneko, a dancer, has nurtured the nostalgia he carries for the place of his ... Read more
Kevin Spacey's (Usual Suspects, Seven) shatter­ing directorial debut. Albino Alligator takes the familiar frame of a heist gone wrong/hostage drama and hangs upon it astonishing perfor­mances from the entire cast, innumerable plot twists and a dazzling visual style. In the grand tradition ... Read more
The fall of Communism in Eastern Europe did not only affect countries. The ordinary human lives that were shattered should not be forgotten. In a decaying Latvia with appalling economic conditions and corruption, Juris can see only one way of giving his son the future he does not see for himself ... Read more
Ethan Minsker's documentary investigates the ideas, attitudes and goals of women in the New York underground music scene. 15 bands, mostly unsigned acts with colourful names like Tribe 8, Vitapup and The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, are filmed going through their paces - everything from ... Read more
It can be argued that experimental cinema has always been 'queer'. But now. Queer Cinema is stirring things up in a new way-in revolt; a calcuiated, cunning, vulgar modernism. The vulgar classism fixed in our popular culture-like the TV family sitcom—is now being peeled back to reveal all ... Read more
Anjelica Huston's splendid directorial debut is a harrowing examination of child abuse and backwoods ciose-mindedness in South Car­olina. 'Bone' Boatwright lives with the stigma of illegitimacy and began life the hard way. Her mother, Anney, is nearly killed in a car accident while in labour ... Read more
Ken Loach meets Mike Leigh" is how Variety described the hilarious Cockney working-class comedy, Beautiful Thing. Hettie Macdonald's film centres around a story of gay love in an East London housing estate—from first nervous glances to ingenious use of peppermint foot lotion" ... This ... Read more
Big Fish is a journey into film maker Zadoc Nava's Mexican heritage through the life of his artist father Jose. Jose went to live in Britain after meeting Zadoc's mother on holiday in Mexico. We witness Jose's bohemian life in Britain as he attempts to fit into a new culture and his subsequent ... Read more
Easter, 1994 at an outer western Sydney housing estate. A fight breaks out between wo neighbouring families, one Lebanese, the other Anglo-Australian. Next day, 16-year-old Biillal Eter is crossing the road outside his home when a car driven by one of the neighbours. Linc Jeswick runs him down. Tom ... Read more
Black Kites is based upon the 1992 writings and drawings of artist Alma Hajric who lived and worked in Sarajevo during its darkest hours. Director Jo Andres a well-respected New York performance artist and choreographer presents an alternate take on Kustenca's Underground. ... Utilising voiceover ... Read more
It's hard to believe that one of the year's most charming and entertaining films is set in the mining town of Grimley, Yorkshire, in 1992. But writer/director Mark Herman has fashioned one of the great surprises of this year. ... When a small mining town is threatened by the closure of its chief ... Read more
Gondolas, bazongas, marshmallow moun­tains, snack trays, baby bottles, puppies with pink noses, cha chas...Over 200 women, and one man, responded to filmmaker Meema Spadola's 'Breast Questionnaires' distributed to doctors' surgeries, youth centres, schools and strip clubs in New York City. ... Read more
Taiwan's colonial past is brought into sharp and ironic relief in Wu Nien-jen's satiric com­edy. Though the settings and cultural references are very specific, audiences will have no trouble recognising a universal story of America's conquering heroes, their duplicitous hosts, inevitable ... Read more
The latest from up and coming Melbourne filmmakers Mick and Scottie Connolly Cabbie is a very funny tale about a cabbie down on his luck. Bob is a trouble magnet and a slob with a crush on Kaz the girl in the office. He's too shy to ask her out but things change when Bob is mysteriously selected as ... Read more
Author of the classic photobook Vietnam Inc, Philip Jones Griffiths, has been photographing South East Asia for more than 35 years. Cambodian Odyssey sees Richard Traylor-Smith follow the Magnum veteran on a trip to Cambodia in the 90s where he ruminates on his philosophy of photojournalism, and ... Read more
35mm/Col/1996/94mins ... ... ... No suspension of disbelief is too big an ask, no flight of the political imagination of a nation too bizarre, to be incorporated into the stunning vision of post-war Australia teetering on the edge of a Brave New World that is Children of the Revolution. ... ... ... Read more
Self-appointed 'militant surrealist' Jan Svankmajer describes his most recent film as a 'grotesque black comedy'. This latest work from the Czech director combines his signature Surrealist preoccupations - the uncanny, the unconscious, the power of the found object - with a concerted exploration of ... Read more
Construct is about texture. It is a short and intense abstract film that takes us through the layers of a human body and back again in the man made world. The film uses chalk pastels, rendered photographs and found objects to compare and delineate each visual sensation after the next. A quick ... Read more
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