Documentary

Endiang explores the gulf, a tragic landscape between Grandfather and Grandson, between a man who has lost his memory and the grand­son who returns to Endiang, Alberta, in an attempt to connect with him. A film about memory loss and the immensity of the Canadi­an prairie. ... Read more
Everyday Echo Street is a very personal and idiosyncratic portrait of the filmmaker's relationships and experiences in Highland Park, a working class neighbourhood she has lived in since 1981. The style is both conversational and anecdotal. Mogul combines documentary and diaristic footage and interweaves this with the everyday life of her neighbourhood, a 'Los Angeles' that is never portrayed in H... Read more
A filmmakers documentary on photographer, David Edwards, who has been taking photo­graphs of naked men for the past eleven years. Hundreds of albums line his shelves. One section of David's wall, he calls "The Quilt'. These are people who have died. "To photograph others, means that you, yourself become invisible". The viewer becomes the voyeur's voyeur in this evocative and sexy examination on th... Read more
A personal portrait of family dysfunction, told via a series of unearthed VHS home movies from the mid-1990s overdubbed with a new soundtrack. ... D/P Dustin Guy Defa TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
A drama-documentary which sets out to explore the role played by Sir Arthur (Bomber) Harris in the history of bombing. Intercutting drama, documentary and archive footage, the film examines the relationship between the use of carpet bombing during the Second World War and the political aims of the world powers at that time. ... Based on the premise suggested in the play by Albert Hunt, Max Wall pl... Read more
In Nicosia, the divided capital of Cyprus, a display of nationalism is taken to its logical conclusion. ... --- ... D/P John Smith WS John Smith Films L no dialogue TD 35mm/2010 ... --- ... D/P John Smith WS John Smith Films L no dialogue TD 35mm/2010 ... Read more
This gentle film follows the journey of 500 disabled people as they travel by train from Poland to Lourdes. Everything is taken care of by a Catholic bishop and 12 priests, including the loudspeaker broadcasting of prayers. Hoping for a miracle, the passengers sit tight in this wonderfully observed award-winning documentary. --- D/S Jarek Sztandera P Matfilm WS Matfilm L Polish w/English subtitles... Read more
Fortunate Son was stolen by an advert from the 60s peace movement. Wilcox has stolen it back. Responding to the ad's patriotic misreading of the Creedence ditty, this film returns the song to its roots and exposes America's most fortunate son. ... Read more
The ebbs and flows the excitement the interest the emotion the films the guests the effort its a film festival and all in four minutes. (TH) ... Read more
Fragments of Grandmother is a beautifully crafted film dealing with the fragments of our lives, our families, our memories, our words, our thoughts and our possessions, and ultimately how these strands of our everyday interaction are drawn together at the time of a family death. ... Inspirational, it explores the space that exists between grand-daughter and grandmother using their parallel voices ... Read more
Galia Holzmann was a student at Israel's Haifa University and commuted at weekends to stay with her boyfriend in Jerusalem. An ordinary, gentle student life until she developed an unexplainable rash. What happened then is the story of the film, told in her own words. It is a har­rowing, moving tale, recorded with strength on her behalf, and compassion by the filmmaker. ... Read more
A butterfly in a glass box provides a metaphor for migrant experience in this intriguing documentary. Disorienting abstract imagery, evoking both the beauty and alienation of the 'foreign' experience, is blended with fragmented spoken impressions, giving glimpses of how the individual's identity, memories and interaction with the world are transformed by displacement. Finding freedom and joy along... Read more
Melbournes Vaihalla Cinemas 24 hour Science Fiction Movie Marathons run to capacity crowds, fans armed with water pistols and sleeping bags. Upstairs in the booth the projectionists battle to keep the show running "Terry Bourke has been the projectionist for over thirty years. He loves to hate his |ob° ... The writer/director Michael Kitson was inspired to make the film through his experiences as ... Read more
If Afghan hounds are welcome in Australia, why aren't Afghan people, too' This animated documentary uses dogs as a metaphor to examine our 'multiculturalism' and our immigration policies. Alberton's stylised parody is an award-winning festival gem. --- D/S Paulo Alberton P Paulo Alberton, Rachel Way WS Vidiola TD video/col/ 2004/10mins ... Read more
Going Up is "the birth of the skyscraper', the construction of a New York city skyscraper as a work of art. This is a breathtaking time-lapse film which captures the hard hat's intimate relationship with the edifice and fellow iron-workers, forty stones above New York harbour. ... Although thirty minutes might seem a bit long for a time-lapse film for students, it changes pace and direction, has h... Read more
Lennart is in his fifties and has been abandoned by his gay partner. He finds love and happiness in the legacy of the affair - a four-year-old, 75-pound bulldog called Gösta. ... Read more
"We live off memories don't we?... And to remember is to live " states an elderly Mexican gentleman his leathery face telling as much a story as his words. The murder in 1923 of Juan Nepomuceno Perez Rulfo "Cheno", a landowner inthe Mexican state of Jalisco in Mexico and the grandfather of the director is the excuse that takes us into the world of the old inhabitants of that place. They narrate th... Read more
Working from just four rolls of black and white photographs of The Grateful Dead taken by Linda Eastman in 1967/68 (pre motor drive cameras) Paul McCartney brings the Dead back to life with computer trickery—lengthening shortening morphing speeding and slowing the sequence of stills into a photofilm as McCartney modestly likes to call it. ... At home in San Francisco and on stage in Central Park L... Read more
Documentary A witty documentary that explores the issues of discrimination and exclusion in the 'main-stream' US art community by focusing on the activities of the underground activist group, the Guerrilla Girls Dressed in gorilla masks, they unmask the large issue of how the blue-chip art world perpetuates the myth that the male artist is hero (GT) ... Read more
The seemingly spontaneous boycott of the sham elections held in February in Haiti makes a lot more sense after one has seen Jonathan Demme's documentary on Haitian street life in the post-Duvalier era. ... Shot entirely on videotape in the streets of Port-au-Prince and Jacmel a year ago (a period marking the first anniversary of Baby Doc's expulsion), Dreams of Democracy has immediacy to burn. It'... Read more
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