Documentary

A personal essay that entwines the filmmaker's conflicting sense of birthplace Calcutta and home, England The paradoxes of memory, personal and political history are synthesised by a complex montage of stunning images and the personal revelation which forms the narrative, in a style reminiscent of the great Chris Marker ... Sometimes I feel I am in a privileged and fortunate position to have grown... Read more
A gospel legend from her work with the 'Sweet Inspirations', this film traces Cissy Houston's career - from smokey clubs to gospel choir rehearsals, from a 'Sweet Inspirations' re-union concert to a waiting Sunday morning service, from a nostalgic Gospel sing in the living room with The Drunkard Singers', to a sold out concert with her daughter Whitney. An intriguing mosaic of archival footage and... Read more
Are fantasy writers seriously weird people? Clive Barker, the English writer, illustrator and filmmaker is, and if you are not an avid fan of Barker's miscreations, you will still find him seriously weird and perhaps disturbing He believes m the phantoms and monsters unleashed in the human mind and is bent on scarmg the hell out of everyone He is one of those minor creative industries, and this fi... Read more
In 1915 a group of men from the small town of Gilgandra in mid west NSW organised a march to Sydney, 550km away, recruiting volunteers enroute to sign up and fight for their country at Gallipoli. This novel campaign was a great success with 263 volunteers arriving in Sydney, in what became known as the 'Coo-ee March' ... In 1987, residents of Gilgandra organised a re-enactment of the Coo-ee March ... Read more
Anything but trash, this short documentary is a detective story and a comic snapshot of American culture in the US-Mexico border town of El Paso. In his quest to understand the reclusive novelist Cormac McCarthy, film maker Rafe Greenlee explores the meaning of privacy in a very public way. ... Read more
“I'm trusted with a pair of scissors and I'm in here for murder”. ... The Scottish Prison Service hairdressing competition is just around the corner and Francis, the current champion, is getting ready to defend his title. Cutting Loose demystifies life behind bars while following several of the country's most dangerous lock-cutting inmates as they attempt to change their lives. ... D Finlay Pretse... Read more
When 110,000 Japanese people and Americans of Japanese origin were interned in the United States in 1942, painter Estelle Peck Ishigo decided to follow her husband. She recorded with great sensitivity through her painting the great suffering of these people at the hands of their own countrymen, a soul destroying ordeal for many, including her husband. The film is a testimony to her love for her hu... Read more
General Electrical "Bring Good Things To Life " But does it really? Deadly Deception juxta­poses General Electric's rosy commercials with the true stones of those whose lives have been devastated by the company's involvement in nuclear weapons production It reveals what the company has never wanted its customers to know and offers hope m the power of peo­ple working to change the deadliest industr... Read more
'a new pair of shoes makes me really happy'? In this remarkable and often unsettling film, 10 debutantes reflect on their lives and goals, and deliver a fleeting impression of youth, ceremony and transformation. --- D/P/WS Michael Carmody, Justine Beltrame TD video/col/2005/8mins ... Read more
Dexter On Vacation records the last perfor­mance of legendary saxophonist Dexter Gor­don aboard the S S Normandy during the 1988 Floating Jazz Festival "When Dexter stood in my studio and played 'If You Can See Me Now', I was mesmerized Dexter On Vacation is the result of the intimate moments we spent together Everything he did was great in my eyes " (Arthur Elgort) ... Read more
To a powerful soundtrack by Interpol (indeed commissioned by the band), Talmage Cooley ([Pol Pot's Birthday], MIFF 05) opens a window onto the life of Mike, a blind teenager growing up with a semi-tough gang of blind buddies in the tired neighbourhoods of Buffalo. --- D/WS Talmage Cooley P Talmage Cooley, Andy Spade, Anthony Sperdurf TD video/B&W/2004/12mins ... Read more
A short, experimental documentary belaying the disappear­ance of frogs in the nverways, and the death of a young father. Using strong images, this film explores the sadness of unexplained loss of human life and the environment. ... Read more
Alzheimers has almost become an 'OK' disease to joke about, being quite fondly referred to and demonstrated by 'dotty' TV relatives (Mother and Son, Absolutely Fabulous). Schatzman uses the quality of forgetfulness as a more sombre tool in his caustic political view of the United States' progress from the sixties to the present. Symbolic and historic 60s footage (People's Park, Kent State elc) and... Read more
There are places we know nothing of, and might prefer don't exist at all. One of those places is the rubbish dump. Latvian filmmaker Laila Pakalnina turns the observational nature documentary around as the lives of insects, birds, reptiles and mammals are observed closely throughout a diurnal cycle on the dump. --- D Laila Pakalnina P Uldis Cekulis WS Studio Hamburg Fernseh Alliant L No dialogue T... Read more
The joys of love last but a short time. Through remarkably direct and intimate interviews, Melbourne filmmaker Lawrence Johnston allows us into his family as they ruminate on love and explore its joys and pains, based on the 59-year marriage of his parents. --- D/S Lawrence Johnston P/WS Peter George TD video/col, B&W/ 2005/26mins ... Read more
The legend of Leo and Leva (or should that be Elvis!) told by the contemporary custodian of their story's sites. ... "All my stones have messages - philosophy, teachings. The stories are connected to our land, to our sacred sites, to our beginnings " - Lorraine Mafi-Williams ... Read more
The mythical abode of bliss and pleasure, or the scene of massive destruction of the landscape for the purposes of the export woodchip industry? ... The film takes us into the primordial beauty of the Australian bush and introduces us to Aboriginal narrator Benjamin Cruse. We're told simply, and without anger, of the relationship to the land and an aniministic religious view of the world where the... Read more
During the Second World War Canadians of Italian extraction were interned as "aliens" in their own land. Elefanti, through the use of archival material and interviews, examines the effects of this internment on one man's life and uses the elephant as a metaphor for the resilience of the human spirit. - (PH) ... Read more
This expressionist portrait of people living in the harsh highland region of Europe, at the bottom of the Caucasus mountain summits, is both alien and seductive. Accompanying haunting images of the village are the songs and chanted words of the people themselves. Ancient writings on birth, death, love, kindness and evil, these texts rely on their music for meaning and so cannot be translated. Dire... Read more
First-time filmmaker Tracey Rigney's immediate and sassy documentary takes a look at the scarcity of eligible Indigenous men, and the effects this has on Indigenous women looking for love and for the survival of Aboriginal people and culture. ... --- ... D/S Tracey Rigney P Carmel McAloon WS Endangered Pictures TD video/ col/2005/26min ... Read more
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