Documentary

This blackly comic look at taxidermy leads us to think about our own relationships with our families, our pets and death. --- D/S Samantha Reynolds P Nora Donaghy WS Nora Donaghy TD video/col/ 2005/27mins ... Read more
Gaby Bustros, a member of one of the original seven great families of Lebanon, left her home in Beirut at the age of 19 to work, study and travel. For years she watched the events in her country unfold from afar. But on 9 April 1981, in a front page article in the Washington Post, Gaby learned that her family's home in Beirut had been severely damaged by bombing The next day she was on her way hom... Read more
Best in Beef juxtaposes surreal visions of hell in a slaughterhouse against abattoir workers eating at lunchtime. Images of blood-splattered faces between mouthfuls sit uneasily alongside the upstairs executive in suits, methodically eating while doing business on the phone. With a detached observational style and haunting score, Best in Beef as a moving documentary mediation on the nature of cons... Read more
In this, her first film, noted Philippine actress, Grace Amilbangsa, displays a sensitive approach to a potentially sensational subject and an impressive command of expressive film language. In a seductive atmosphere of claus­trophobic intimacy and slow-burning menace, she unfolds a tale of incest behind the closed doors of the nuclear family home. ... Read more
It's been 60 years since Enid and Clarry were married and today they plan to renew their wedding vows. There's only one small hitch, they're having trouble remembering them. The Big Day is a romantic comedy by renowned filmmaker Christine Olsen, scriptwriter of Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002). --- D/P/WS Christine Olsen TD 35mm/col/2004/11mins ... Read more
Bingo, Bridesmaids and Braces represents the evolution of Gillian Armstrong's work begun with Smokes and Lollies 75 and later, Fourteen's Good, Eighteen's Better '80 Each work follows the lives of three women from Adelaide's working class suburbs, as they mature and gain their independence. ... Unlike many documentaries based on the same concepts, (especially more famous examples from Britain) Bin... Read more
In winter the Arctic fishing settlement of Shoina is blanketed by polar night; in summer, endless windstorms cover the settlement in sand. This film is a metaphysical reflection about Russia: the role of the state, endless hardships, the freedom longed for by millions of Russians and their lingering, paradoxical reluctance to be free. The people of Shoina, and its eerie land and seascapes, are fil... Read more
A short, 'intimate' documentary that attempts to investigate the inner sensualities that make all our bodies beautiful. It investigates our physicality as human beings, how we use our bodies and how conscious we are of the poten­tials of the flesh. ... 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 hardships she has endured, and her solitary life. This fine impressionistic documentary allows no one to... Read more
Are we what we underwear? Highly stylised in its approach, Brief Secrets enters the personal worlds of five unusual characters who talk about the meaning of their underwear. ... Read more
Glimpses of Britain's thriving 50s rock and roll scene, centred on a young couple's passion for the U.S. music, dancing, clothes and style of the period. "I couldn't be a 90s working woman — I'd rather be a 50s housewife work­ing part-time with Rock'n'Roll." ... Read more
Says Bruce Weber, “In the summer of 1983 at the Colorado Sports Festival, I was photographing all the young athletes who had a chance to go to the Olympics. ... One day a light weight boxer, Andy Minsker, came to he photographed. He looked like a young Chet Baker when he was playing his trumpet in Rome. We asked him why he came He said "They told me that I was forbidden to come meet you. They said... 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 Brooklynites philosophise over a cigarette, a shave and a trim. ... Read more
In town camps and remote communities of Central Australia, Aboriginal boys and girls begin their apprenticeships early, making bush bikes! ... Read more
This short version about Japanese Butoh dancers has been prepared to assist with raising support and finance for a feature length production. Butoh is sometimes called the 'dance of darkness', and though little appreciated in Japan it has been drawing large audiences in Europe and America, and has been developing a growing following in Australia. ... Dancer Tanaka Min features in this version whic... Read more
[Butterfly Man] is Samantha Rebillet's brilliant profile of Don Herbison-Evans, a man who studies butterflies and then experiences his own human metamorphosis on the dance floor. --- D/S Samantha Rebillet P Justin Davies WS AFTRS TD video/col/2004/6mins ... Read more
A film about the world of the Sao Paulo homeless a visual poem of great beauty and intensity Combining documentary footage and "dramatic" sequences the filmmaker comments on the often primitive nature of our struggle for space for survival in modern society. (KH) ... Read more
This stylised off-heat documentary is thought provoking as well as entertaining because of its unusual mix of biological fact and off-the-cuff comment We see that as cane toads have spread geographically they have also crawled through all social milieu - from old timers who keep them as pets to children who dress them like dolls Reactions vary from the sublime to the sacriligious But whatever reac... Read more
A prisoner of the war between Iran and Iraq has been writing a letter to his son, whom he hasn't seen for 18 years. He is placed on the list of prisoners to be released, but he's still apprehensive. This intricately observed piece takes the form of the prisoner reading a letter to his unknown son. ... Read more
For those grieving for the 70,000 who died in the Sichuan Province's 2008 earthquake, justice is just one more thing they'll have to live without. ... --- ... D Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill P Jon Alpert, Peter Kwong, Michelle Mi, Matthew O'Neill, Ming Xia WS HBO L Chengdu dialect, Mandarin w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 ... --- ... D Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill P Jon Alpert, Peter Kwong, Mich... Read more
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