Films From Australia

Outrageous and courageous, this contemporary selection of Australian Indigenous shorts rises above stereotypes with tales of the most entertaining, emotional and humorous variety - from ills caused by witch doctors' curses to entrepreneurial pensioners and the vagaries of being a checkout chick. Custard (D Michelle Blanchard P Kath Shelper, 6 mins)Nana (D Warwick Thornton P Kath Shelper, 6 mins)Ja... Read more
After work on Friday night, the Australian city dweller changes his personality. Here, we view different people at their favourite pastimes dining the freedom of the weekend. ... Read more
A documentary about the many struggles and scant triumphs of Australian ... women composers. The story begins at ... the turn of the century, when women ... wanted equal opportunities and recognition in the field of music, and analyses some of the problems they faced. The film presents portraits of Australian women composers, including Margaret Sutherland, Helen Gifford, ... and the most Successfu... Read more
"Rowland was Australia's most unique, gifted and uncompromising guitarist." - Nick Cave ... Guitarist, songwriter and artist Rowland S. Howard was an instrumental figure in the Australian rock scene, particularly renowned for his role in seminal post-punk outfit The Birthday Party. In a career spanning 30 years Howard worked with the best artists of his generation, including Henry Rollins, Lydia L... Read more
Avoca traces the filmmaker's memories of growing up in a small coastal town, amidst the burgeoning beach culture of the 70s. A poignant and revealing testimony, it blends Australian popular history with an individual sense of belonging. ... Read more
Harry is wheelchair-bound, a prisoner in his own house and lost in his own mind, obsessed with discovering the truth behind a recurring dream of his departed wife, and a strange pattern that contains a cryptic message. ... And now there is a new presence in Harry’s world: you. Your arrival signals a life-changing event capable of saving Harry from his darkness, and so much more… ... As the story u... Read more
A stop-motion animated sitcom about a slacker named Jesus, his father God and his babysitter Satan, a recovering alcoholic. Special cameo by Richard Dawkins. ... Michael Greaney is a guest of the Festival. ... D/P/S Michael Greaney TD digibeta/2010 ... Read more
A free interpretation of Australian Aborigine's belief about their rock - Ayers ... Rock. ... Read more
Abandoned in a country town by his guardian, a young, solitary albino boy spends his days playing chicken and spying on his neighbours until a bizarre encounter forces him to connect. ... D/S Billie Pleffer P Rita Walsh, Stacey Kwijas WS VCA School of Film & Television L no dialogue TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
Rose, a fiesty rebel who thinks she knows it all-and wants it all, and Adrian, an introverted new­comer who has a more temperate but insecure approach to life, meet on the way to a rollerskating rink. The central story is the relationship between Rose and Adrian. Each week, when inter-school sport takes place, students who aren't good enough to compete or have incurred a detention are dumped at th... Read more
An intriguing, often powerful drama set in rugged outback country. BACKLASH is an unusual attempt, for an Australian-made feature, to have its actors improvise dialogue,around a carefully plotted storyline. ... Two young police constables are assigned to transport a young Aboriginal woman, accused of murdering a bar owner, from Sydney back to the outback township where the crime occurred. ... Read more
One day unfolds through the eyes of 12 year old Janine when she goes with her foster parents to meet her biological family for the first time --- ... D/S Pauline Whyman P Kath Shelper TD video/col/2007/5mins ... Read more
Life whizzes past from the backseat of a family car in this whimsical film that imaginatively mixes live-action, animation, optical effects and backscreen projection (JB) ... Read more
Bernie Shakeshaft is the rule-breaking jackaroo who takes a chance on three boys on a direct path to juvie when he brings them aboard his legendary dog-jumping team. ... Backtrack is the youth program run out of Bernie Shakeshaft’s shed on the outskirts of Armidale. It’s a place for troubled kids to safely continue their education while learning trust, support for one another and to have faith in ... Read more
A dramatic monologue, delivered with great energy and fire, expressing the pent up feelings of an angry, disillusioned young woman. Over-the-top performance, script and direction combine to produce a parody of feminine outrage with which we can all identify. (F.F) ... Read more
Secrets and lies will change lives in this pulse-pounding psychological thriller. ... Sullen, defiant and on probation following her release from juvenile detention, 16-year-old foster child Amy Anderson struggles with her new life in the countryside until Chloe, a friendly local girl the same age as Amy, drops by the family home seeking house-cleaning work and everything changes. ... In this MIFF... Read more
A little bit of gambling, a place to hide from the wife, good coffee and a lot of Greek. If you don't speak it, you're in trouble. ... --- ... D/P/S Viron Papadopoulos WS Plexus Films L English, Greek w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 ... --- ... D/P/S Viron Papadopoulos WS Plexus Films L English, Greek w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
Oscar Isaac and Anthony LaPaglia lead a sterling cast in Robert Connolly’s riveting thriller that applies a blowtorch to a dark chapter in Australian–Indonesian history. ... Released in 2009, the 10th anniversary of East Timor's independence, Balibo was the festival’s acclaimed Opening Night film that year. A MIFF Premiere Fund-supported production directed by one of the country’s most venerated f... Read more
A powerful thriller that applies a blowtorch to a dark chapter in Australian-Indonesian history. ... With this year marking the 10th anniversary of East Timor's independence, the MIFF Premiere Fund is proud to present this powerful and moving political thriller about the true events surrounding the execution of five journalists during Indonesian incursions into East Timor in 1975. ... Anthony LaPa... Read more
At Northhampton Downs, the problem was how to clear more land quickly and economically for pasture. The Ball and Chain provided the answer. ... Read more
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