Australian and New Zealand Cinema












Australian/New Zealand Cinema Bibliography


Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. (1994)
Directed by Stephan Elliott. Bernadette, a drag queen, relives her theatrical glory days with two young friends on one wild road trip through rural Australia. 102 min. DVD 2204
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Age of Consent (Australia, 1969)
Directed by Michael Powell. Cast: James Mason, Helen Mirren, Jack MacGowran. Based on the life of controversial Australian artist Norman Lindsay. Lindsay is a jaded painter who heads Down Under looking for a way to revitalize his creative soul. His self-imposed exile is interrupted by Cora, an uninhibited young woman on her own journey of self-discovery. Based on the novel by Norman Lindsay. Special features: Director Martin Scorsese on Age of consent; commentary with historian Kent Jones; making Age of consent; Helen Mirren: a conversation with Cora; Down Under with Ron and Valerie Taylor. 106 min. DVD X1382
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Craven, Allison; Mann, Chris. "The Girl with the Bush Knife: Women, Adventure and the Tropics in Age of Consent and Nimís Island" Published Tue, 08 May 2012 04:32 Copyright 1995 to 2012, James Cook University.
Hoorn, Jeanette. "Comedy and Eros: Powell's Australian films They're a Weird Mob and Age of Consent." Screen, Spring2005, Vol. 46 Issue 1, p73-84, 12p UC users only

Alexandra's Project (2003)
Directed by Rolf de Heer. Cast: Gary Sweet, Helen Buday, Bodgan Koca. Alexandra's project: It's Steve's birthday, and things can't seem to get better. After receiving a much awaited promotion, Steve returns home expecting to find his wife Alexandra and his two children waiting to surprise him. Instead, he discovers an abandoned house and a mysterious video tape that he is forced to watch. 103 min. DVD 6311
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Aoun, Steven. "Alexandra's Project" Metro, Autumn2004, Issue 140, p174-175, 2p UC users only
Duncanson, Ian. "Identities in the Colony and the Family: Tragedies of Ascription and Transgression in Two Australian Films." Social Identities, Nov2007, Vol. 13 Issue 6, p697-713, 17p UC users only
Hoskin, Dave. "Entering Thriller Country Rolf De Heer's 'Alexandra's Project'." Metro, Autumn2003, Issue 136, p20, 4p UC users only

Angel at My Table (K | Australia | New Zealand | USA, 1990)
Directed by Jane Campion. Cast:Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson, Iris Churn, Kevin J. Wilson. A dramatization of the true-life story of Janet Frame, New Zealand's most distinguished author. The film follows Frame along her inspiring journey, from a poverty-stricken childhood to a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia and electroshock therapy to, finally, literary fame. Based on the autobiographies of Janet Frame (Main (Gardner) Stacks PR9639.3.F7 Z475 1984). Special features: Audio commentary featuring Jane Campion, Stuart Dryburgh and Kerry Fox; a documentary about the making; theatrical trailer; "My Say", an audio interview with Janet Frame from 1983; deleted scenes; stills gallery; a new essay by film critic Amy Taubin and reprinted excerpts from Frame's autobiography. 103 min. DVD X4068
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Awards

Venice Film Festival - Grand Special Jury Prize; Elvira Notari Prize; Filmcritica "Bastone Bianco" Award; Little Golden Lion; OCIC Award
Toronto International Film Festival - International Critics Award (FIPRESCI)

BabaKiueria (Australia, 1986)
Directed by Don Featherstone. Cast: Michelle Torres, Bob Maza, Kevin Smith, Cecily Polson, Kelan Angel, Marguerita Haynes. A satire where the roles of Blacks and whites in Australia have been reversed. A fleet of black settlers arrives to colonize an area inhabited by white natives. A black reporter does an investigation into white native customs and white political issues. 30 min. DVD X4416
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Weaver-Hightower, Rebecca. "Revising the Vanquished: Indigenous Perspectives on Colonial Encounters." Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies Fall/Winter 2006, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p84-102, 19p UC users only

Bad Boy Bubby(Australia | Italy, 1993)
Directed by Rolf de Heer. Cast: Nicholas Hope, Claire Benito, Ralph Cotterill, Carmel Johnson. Bubby is a demented man-child kept locked his entire life in a squalid apartment by his depraved mother. But when Bubby - who can only communicate by mimicking what others say and do - escapes into the outside, he soon discovers the wonders of sex, crime, rock & roll and pizza. Will this 'mad bastard' be destroyed by the realities of our cruel world, or does a higher calling ultimately await him in the most unlikely place of all? Special features: "Christ kid, you're a weirdo", interview with director Rolf de Heer; "Being Bubby", interview with star Nicholas Hope; 'Confessor caressor", short film starring Nicholas Hope; theatrical trailer; poster & still gallery. 114 min. DVD X4611
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Ellis, Katie. "Disability in Rolf de Heer's Early Films." Metro, Jun2011, Issue 169, p106-110, 5p, UC users only
Hickey-Moody, Anna; Iocco, Melissa. "Sonic Affect(s)" Metro, Autumn2004, Issue 140, p78-81, 4p UC users only
Iocco, Melissa; Hickey-Moody, Anna. "'Christ Kid, You're a Weirdo': Aural Construction of Subjectivity in Bad Boy Bubby." In: Reel tracks : Australian feature film music and cultural identities / edited by Rebecca Coyle. Eastleigh, UK : John Libbey Pub. ; Bloomington : Distributed in North America by Indiana University Press, c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Music ML2075 .R44 2005)
Jubis, Oscar. "Bad Boy Bubby" Film International, 2010, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p71-73, 3p UC users only
Kemp, Philip. "Bad Boy Bubby" Sight & Sound, November 1994, Vol. 4, p39-40, 2p UC users only
Starrs, D. Bruno "If We Stretch Our Imaginations': The Monstrous-Feminine Mother in Rolf de Heer's Bad Boy Bubby (1993) and Alexandra's Project (2003)." Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies, vol. 10, 2008 Feb

BeDevil(Australia, 1993)
Directed by Tracey Moffat. Three short films from Australia concerning spirits, ghosts and unexplained happenings. Mr. Chuck concerns an island community that still feels the malevolent presence of an American GI who died in the swamps nearby. Choo choo choo choo tells the story of a family who is haunted by invisible trains which run on the tracks next to their home. The final story "Lovin' the spin I'm in" tells of a woman's sense of loss when her son and his lover leave their community to escape opposition to their marriage. The couple dies, but as a young boy discovers, their spirits will never find peace. vhs 999:3752
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Baron, Cynthia. "Films by Tracy Moffatt: Reclaiming First Australians' rights, celebrating women's rites." Women's Studies Quarterly. New York: Spring 2002. Vol. 30, Iss. 1/2; p. 151 (27 pages)
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Mimura, Glen Masato. "Black memories: Allegorizing the colonial encounter in Tracey Moffatt's beDevil (1993)." Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Apr-Jun 2003. Vol. 20, Iss. 2; p. 111
Senzani, Alessadra. "Dreaming Back: Tracey Moffatt's Bedeviling Films." Post Script, Fall2007, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p50-71, 22p, UC users only
Summerhayes, Catherine. "Haunting Secrets: Tracey Moffatt's "beDevil"." Film Quarterly, No. 4, Summer, 2004, pp. 1-72 UC users only
Turcotte, Gerry. "Spectrality in Indigenous Women's Cinema: Tracey Moffatt and Beck Cole." Journal of Commonwealth Literature. St. Giles: 2008. Vol. 43, Iss. 1; pg. 7

Black Sheep (New Zealand, 2006)
Directed by Jonathan King. Cast: Nathan Meister, Danielle Mason, Peter Feeney, Tammy Davis, Glenis Levestam. An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into blood-thirsty killers on a New Zealand farm. After a 15-year absence, Henry returns to his farm to discover that his brother Angus has been performing genetic experiments on the sheep. Unfortunately for both the brothers and the rest of the humble farmers who make their living off of the land, these experiments have produced a strain of sheep that crave human flesh and will stop at nothing to satisfy their diabolical hunger. 86 min. DVD X837
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Cameron, Allan. "The Locals and the global: transnational currents in contemporary New Zealand horror." Studies in Australasian Cinema; 2010, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p55-72, 18p UC users only
Howe, Janette. "Baaaad to the Bone." Metro, Autumn2007, Issue 152, p28-32, 5p UC users only

Breaker Morant (Australia, 1979)
Directed by Bruce Beresford. Cast: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown. Following the brutal death of a British captain in the Boer War in South Africa in 1901, Lt. Harry Morant leads his unit in pursuit of the Boers, attacks their camp, and has a captive executed. Other executions and deaths lead to the arrest and trial of Morant and two other lieutenants in this dramatization based on true events. DVD special features: Documentary, Boer War ; Original 30-second radio spot. 102 min. DVD X2236; vhs 999:1951
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Bryant, Hallman B. "'Breaker' Morant In Fact, Fiction, and Film." Literature Film Quarterly, 1987, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p138, 8pUC users only
Heung, Marina. "Breaker Morant and the Melodramatic Treatment of History." Film Criticism, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 3-13, January 1984 UC users only
Jolly, Roslyn. "'Frontier Behaviour' and Imperial Power in Breaker Morant." Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 125-39, 1997
Kershen, Drew L. "Breaker Morant A Symposium on Film and the Law." Oklahoma City University Law Review 22(1997) p. 107- UC users only
Kirschke, James J. "Say Who Made Her So: "Breaker Morant" and British Empire." Film & History 38:2 (Fall 2008) p. 45-53 UC users only
Mortimer, Lorraine
"The soldier, the shearer and the mad man: Horizons of community in some Australian films." Literature Film Quarterly, 1993, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p139, 18p UC users only
Niemi, Robert. "Breaker Morant." In: History in the media : film and television Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H5 N54 2006)

Broken English (New Zealand 1997)
Directed by Gregor Nicholas. Cast: Aleksandra Vujcic, Julian Arahanga, Rade Serbedzua. Free-spirited Nina is a Bosnian refugee living with her family in suburban New Zealand. When she begins an intensely passionate affair with a Maori co-worker it sends shock waves through the tightly-knit migrant communities. But the explosive violence of her tyrannical father drives the couple apart and threatens to destroy the family he desperately struggles to control. 92 min. 999:1914
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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)
Directed by Fred Schepisi. Based on a true story focusing on the racism and hypocricy of a small Australian town at the turn of the century. Jimmie Blacksmith, a young Aborigine, is shunned by the town's white population despite his Christian education. He marries a white girl but when she gives birth to a "white" child, she is encouraged to leave her husband. When his employer refuses him food and payment, this final act of injustice pushes Jimmie over the edge. Driven by hate, and demanding retribution, he enters his employers house wielding an axe. Based on the novel by Thomas Keneally (MAIN: PR9619.3.K46 .C4) PAL format. 114 min. DVD X653; vhs 999:2201 (PAL format)
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Children of the Revolution (1996)
Directed by Peter Duncan. Cast: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Richard Roxburgh, Rachel Griffiths, Geoffrey Rush, F. Murray Abraham. After a mad, passionate fling on a whirlwind trip to Moscow, party girl Joan Fraser returns home pregnant. And when little Joe is born, everyone wonders who "Daddy" is! Soon, the ball starts rolling on a hilarious sequence of events that includes a clueless husband, a lovesick double agent and even Joseph Stalin himself. 100 min. DVD 8533
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Cinema of Unease
A personal journey by Sam Neill to the landscape of his native New Zealand where he examines the emerging national film culture and pays tribute to film pioneers Rudall Hayward and John O'Shea, while focusing on the extraordinary growth of New Zealand cinema in the last two decades. 1997. Video/C MM443

The Coca-Cola Kid (1985)
Directed by Dusan Makavejev. Cast: Eric Roberts, Greta Scacchi, Bill Kerr. Becker, a wiz-kid marketing man, is sent to Australia to boost the famous soft drink's wavering sales. T. George McDowell is the ruling soda czar in this mini "pop monopoly." When Becker's offer to merge in the hope of tripling profits is rejected, an unlikely chain of events ignites and leads to an amusing solution to the cola war. Based on short stories by Frank Moorhouse. 94 min. DVD X3080; vhs 999:942
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Cousin(Australia, 1998)
Directed by Adam Elliot. An award winning animated film about the childhood remembrances of a little boy born with cerebral palsy. 4 min. DVD 7473
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Dead Alive (aka Braindead) (New Zealand, 1992)
Directed by Peter Jackson. Cast: Timothy Balme, Diana Penalver, Elizabeth Moody. A hapless young man's overbearing mother gets him into a heap of trouble when she catches a bizarre zombie virus and starts turning innocent passersby into walking corpses. 97 min. DVD 7576
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Dead Calm (1989)
Directed by Bruce Beresford. Cast: Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman, Billy Zane. John and Rae Ingram rescue the only surviving crew member of a crippled schooner only to find themselves the targets of a deranged killer. 96 min. vhs 999:2449
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Dead Heart (1996)
Directed by Nick Parsons. Cast: Bryan Brown, Ernie Dingo, Angie Milliken, David Gulpilil. In this drama Lorkin, a local lawman in Australia, tries to reconcile the aboriginal tradition requiring revenge for murder vs. Australian law. The trouble begins when an Aboriginal prisoner is discovered dead in the town jail. More trouble brews when an Aborigine bootlegger takes the schoolteacher's bored wife out to a sacred area for an illicit tryst. Later he is found dead. Despite the lacking evidence, Lorkin suspects a murder and demands justice. His investigation leads him down a dangerous path culminating in a tense and unexpected climax. 106 min. DVD 930
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The Efficiency Expert (aka Spotswood)(1992)
Directed by Mark Joffe. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Ben Mendelsohn, Alwyn Kurtz, John Walton, Tony Collete, Russell Crowe, Daniel Willie. The Ball's Moccasins company is cash poor, but efficiency expert Erroll Wallace has come to rescue the eccentric family-run enterprise. With his charts, stopwatch and clipboard at the ready, Wallace aimes to streamline this, and maximize that, but can a bunch of cuckoos run a factory like clockwork? 97 min. DVD X230; vhs 999:3167
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An Exercise in Discipline - Peel (1982)
Director, Jane Campion. A father along with his son and sister is driving back home in his car. The son continiously is throwing orange peels onto the road when suddenly the father stops the car and tells his son to pick the peels. His son disagrees on that and the sister is getting nervous, because she will be going to miss her favourite TV series. Finally everyone is getting pretty angry. 9 min. DVD X6718; vhs 999:1330
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Floating Life (1996)
Director, Clara Law. Cast: Annette Shun Wah, Annie Yip, Anthony Wong, Edwin Pang, Cecilia Lee. An aging Hong Kong couple move to Australia with their two youngest sons to live with a daughter who has already begun a successful career. Meanwhile their eldest daughter lives in Germany and their eldest son remains in Hong Kong. The film explores the different ways the family members cope with isolation and alienation. In Cantonese with English subtitles. 93 min. 999:3236
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Kim, Lee-Von. "Giving spaces/spaces of giving: accommodation in 'Floating Life'." Studies in Australasian Cinema, 2009, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p107-119, 13p UC users only
Marchetti, Gina. "The Gender or GenerAsian X in Clara Law's Migration Trilogy." In: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls : gender in film at the end of the twentieth century / edited by Murray Pomerance. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S47 L33 2001)
Mitchell, Tony. "Clara Law's Floating Life and Hong Kong-Australian 'flexible citizenship'." Ethnic & Racial Studies, Mar2003, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p278, 23p UC users only
Mitchell, Tony. "Hei-fen and Musical Subtexts in Two Australian Films by Clara Law." In: Reel tracks : Australian feature film music and cultural identities / edited by Rebecca Coyle. Eastleigh, UK : John Libbey Pub. ; Bloomington : Distributed in North America by Indiana University Press, c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Music ML2075 .R44 2005)
Mitchell, Tony. "Hong Kong-Australian Imaginaries: Three Australian Films by Clara Law." In: Hong Kong film, Hollywood and the new global cinema : no film is an island / edited by Gina Marchetti and Tan See Kam. London ; New York : Routledge, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.C4 H66 2007)

Forgotten Silver (New Zealand, 1996)
Written and directed by Peter Jackson & Costa Botes. A "mockumentary" which documents the fictitious "lost" life of Colin McKenzie, a New Zealand film pioneer and inventor extraordinaire. Through archive photos, rare film footage and interviews with such experts as critic Leonard Maltin, producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Sam Neill uncover the trials, triumphs, and tragedies behind the supergenius filmmaker. Special features: Audio commentary with co-director Costa Botes ; "Behind-the-bull: forgotten silver," a 21 min. documentary featuring interviews with directors Peter Jackson and Costa Botes ; deleted scenes. 55 min. 1997. DVD 3800
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Conrich, I., et. al., "Fool's gold: New Zealand's Forgotten silver, myth, and national identity." In: Docufictions : essays on the intersection of documentary and fictional filmmaking / edited by Gary D. Rhodes and John Parris Springer. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2006. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D62.D63 2006; Moffitt PN1995.9.D62.D63 2006)
Horton, A. "Forgotten silver." Cineaste v. 26 no. 3 (Summer 2001) p. 55UCB users only
Roscoe, Jane; Hight, Craig. "Forgotten Silver: A New Zealand Television Hoax and Its Audience." In: F is for phony : fake documentary and truth's undoing / Alexandra Juhasz and Jesse Lerner, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2006. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main Stack PN1995.9.D62.F3 2006; PFA PN1995.9.D62.F3 2006)
Roscoe, Jane; Hight, Craig. "Mocking "Silver": re-inventing the documentary project (or, Grierson lies bleeding)." Continuum, 1997, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p67-82, 16p UCB users only
Sadashige, Jacqui. "Forgotten Silver." The American Historical Review Vol. 102, No. 3 (Jun., 1997), pp. 938-939 UCB users only

Fortress (Australia / USA, 1992)
Directed by Stuart Gordon. Cast: Christopher Lambert, Kurtwood Smith, Loryn Locklin, Lincoln Kilpatrick. Set in the year 2017, elements of Orwellian science-fiction and old-fashioned prison dramas are combined in this futuristic action film, as an unjustly imprisoned couple attempts to escape from a high-tech jail known as The Fortress. 110 min. DVD 7603
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40,000 Years of Dreaming, A Century of Australian Cinema
George Miller's vivid study of Australian cinema forges a link between the high-tech narratives of filmmaking and the ancient Aboriginal creation myth of "The dreaming." The film explores an extraordinary national cinema, born at the outset of the century, but barely noticed internationally until the 1970s. 1997. Video/C MM443

Gallipoli (1981)
Director: Peter Weir. Cast: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Harold Hopkins, Charles Yunipingli, Ron Graham. Two young men in the Australia army in 1915 become part of the legendary World War I confrontation between the German allied Turks and Australia. 111 min. DVD 4839; vhs 999:522
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A Girl's Own Story (1984)
Director: Jane Campion. A look at three girls, young teens, in the era of the Beatles. Pam lives with parents who haven't spoken directly to each other in two years, using their daughters to talk across the table to each other. Gloria wants to play games with her boyfriend Graeme and ends up pregnant after a kissless, passionless introduction to sex. Stella becomes popular and puts her friendship with Pam on hold. Meanwhile, Pam's father and other predatory men lurk in the shadows around the girls. 27 min. DVD X6718; DVD 6:1:2; vhs 999:1330;
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The Goddess of 1967 (Australia, 2000)
Directed by Clara Law. Cast: Rose Byrne, Rikiya Kurokawa, Nicholas Hope, Elise McCredie. A Japanese man searching for his dream car, a 1967 Citroen DS, travels all the way to Australia to purchase it. When he meets a gorgeous blind girl, the unlikely couple embarks on a strange and erotic journey into the arid Australian desert. 120 min. DVD X6627
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Haslem, Wendy. "The Goddess of 1967: Clara Law, Australia, 2000." In: The cinema of Australia and New Zealand / edited by Geoff Mayer & Keith Beattie. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.A8 C55 2007)
Honegger, Michel. "Clara's Worlds." Metro, Autumn/Winter2001, Issue 127/128, p10, 4p UC users only
Luckman, Susan. "Road Movies, National Myths and the Threat of the Road: The Shifting Transformative Space of the Road in Australian Film." International Journal of the Humanities; 2010, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p113-125, 13p UC users only
Mitchell, Tony. "Hei-fen and Musical Subtexts in Two Australian Films by Clara Law." In: Reel tracks : Australian feature film music and cultural identities / edited by Rebecca Coyle. Eastleigh, UK : John Libbey Pub. ; Bloomington : Distributed in North America by Indiana University Press, c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Music ML2075 .R44 2005)
Mitchell, Tony. "Hong Kong-Australian Imaginaries: Three Australian Films by Clara Law." In: Hong Kong film, Hollywood and the new global cinema : no film is an island / edited by Gina Marchetti and Tan See Kam. London ; New York : Routledge, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.C4 H66 2007)

He Died With a Felafel in His Hand (Australia | Italy, 2001)
Directed by Richard Lowenstein. Cast: Noah Taylor, Emily Hamilton, Romane Bohringer, Sophie Lee. Danny has just moved into his 47th shared house, this time in Brisbane, and the flatmates have not improved. One lives in a closet, another in a tent in the living room and, before Danny takes off for shared house no. 48 in Melbourne, he will have endured satanic worshipers, skinheads and the perennially ubiquitous cane toad. No wonder he is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. 107 min. DVD 6330
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Heavenly Creatures(UK / Germany / New Zealand, 1994)
Directed by Peter Jackson. Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent, Clive Merrison, Simon O'Connor. Based on an actual crime, this is the true-life case of two teenage girls, Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, who were charged with clubbing to death Pauline's mother in Christchurch New Zealand in 1954. The film opens two years before the murder, and follows the friendship as the two become obsessed with each other, retreating into a fantasy life which leads to shocking consequences. 99 min. DVD 9177; vhs 999:1994
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Holy Smoke!(USA / Australia , 1999)
Directed by Jane Campion. Cast: Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Pam Grier, Julie Hamilton, Tim Robertson, Sophie Lee. While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, young Ruth Barron falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire P.J. Waters, a macho cult deprogrammer, who confronts Ruth in a remote desert hideaway. However, P.J. quickly learns that he has quite possibly met his match in the intelligent and iron-willed Ruth. 114 min. DVD 2758
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In My Father's Den(New Zealand | UK, 2004)
Directed by Brad McGann. Cast: Matthew Macfadyen, Miranda Otto, Emily Barclay, Colin Moy, Jodie Rimmer, Vicky Haughton. Paul, a battle weary war photographer, returns to his remote New Zealand hometown, when his father dies, and faces the past he left behind. To his surprise, he also finds the sixteen year old Celia, the daughter of his first girlfriend, who hungers for the world beyond her small-town. But many, including the members of both their families, frown upon the friendship and when Celia goes missing, Paul becomes increasingly persecuted as the prime suspect in her disappearance. As the violent and urgent truth gradually emerges, Paul is forced to confront the family tragedy and betrayal he ran from as a youth, and to face the consequences of silence and secrecy that has surrounded his entire adult life. Based on the novel by Maurice Gee. 120 min. DVD X6544
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Awards
Toronto International Film Festival - International Critics' Award

Damer, Seán. "In My Father's Den: Riddles and Memories." Screen Education, 2005, Vol. 40, p80-83, 4p UC users only

In the Cut(Australia / USA / UK, 2003)
Directed by Jane Campion. Cast: Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Nick Damici, Sharrieff Pugh. A lonely young English professor living in New York City gets tangled up in a murder investigation when a severed head is found in her garden. When she becomes involved with the homicide detective on the case, she realizes that the prime suspect may be closer than she likes to think. 118 min. DVD 4041
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King Kong (New Zealand / USA, 2005)
Directed by Peter Jackson. Cast: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks, Andy Serkis, Evan Parke, Jamie Bell. In the 1930s, a down-on-her-luck actress accompanies an over-ambitious filmmaker on an expedition to a remote island. There they encounter a terrifying giant ape who forms an attachment to the beautiful actress. Hoping to win fame and fortune, the filmmaker brings the ape back to New York City for public exhibition, with catastrophic results. Special features: Disc 1: The Volkswagen Toureg & King Kong; "Wish you were here" film trailer ; Disc 2: Special introduction by Peter Jackson; post-production diaries: director Peter Jackson reveales virtually every aspect of post-production with nearly three hours of exclusive behind the scenes footage; "Kong's New York, 1933" - explores vaudeville, the skyscraper boom, the construction of the Empire State building and more; "Skull Island: a natural history": travel to treacherous Skull Island with Peter Jackson and his crew. 188 min. DVD 5347
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The Last Days Chez Nous (1991)
Directed by Gillian Armstrong. Cast: Lisa Harrow, Bruno Ganz, Kerry Fox, Miranda Otto, Kiri Paramore, Bill Hunter. Beth, a successful writer of great energy and humour lives with her French husband, daughter by her first marriage and a lodger in an inner-city home known as Chez Nous. Despite tension, everyone gets along until the return from overseas of Beth's much younger sister. 86 min. DVD X6603
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Amstrong, Richard. "To Dance without Warning: Reliving The Last Days of Chez Nous." Bright Lights Film Journal, vol. 50, 2005 Nov
Collins, Felicity. The films of Gillian Armstrong / by Felicity Collins. St Kilda, Vic. : Australian Teachers of Media in association with Australian Film Institute Research and Information Centre and Deakin University School of Visual, Performing and Media Arts, 1999. (Pacific Film Archive PN1998.3.A78 C65 1999)
Francke, Lizzie. "What Are You Girls Going To Do?: Lizzie Francke Talks with Gillian Armstrong." In: Film/literature/heritage / edited by Ginette Vincendeau. London : British Film Institute, 2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.3 .F54 2001)
Holcombe, Vanessa. "Writing Place: Helen Garner's The Last Days of Chez Nous." Southerly, 2005, Vol. 65 Issue 1, p143-154, 12p UC users only
McFarlane, Brian. "Her Brilliant Career: Gillian Armstrong on Four Decades sf Filmmaking." Metro, Mar2008, Issue 156, p16-21, 6p UC users only

The Last Wave (1977)
Directed by Peter Weir. Cast: Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett, Gulpilil, Frederick Parslow, Vivean Gray. The story of a lawyer defending a group of Australian aboriginals accused of killing one of their own. He suspects the victim has been killed for violating a tribal taboo, but the defendants deny any tribal association. Plagued by apocalyptic visions, he slowly realizes his own involvement with the aborigines... and their prophecies. 104 min. DVD 2758
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Macbeth (Australia, 2006)
Director: Geoffrey Wright. Cast: Sam Worthington, Victoria Hill, Lachy Hulme, Gary Sweet, Steve Bastoni. Shakespeare's tale of greed and ambition is set amidst the hyper-violent drug gangs of modern Australia. Macbeth is a drug baron and pimp, his Lady Macbeth a Valium-addicted, narcoleptic burnout and manipulator, his Duncan the head of Melbourne's criminal underground. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth murder Duncan in cold blood (framing the servants as responsible), but soon after Macbeth takes the throne, he is undone - and beheaded - by usurper Macduff. 96 min. DVD 8786
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Mad Max (Australia, 1979)
Directed by George Miller. Cast: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Roger Ward, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns, Hugh Keays-Byrne. This first of the Road Warrior films is set in the desolate near future in Australia where motorcycle gangs combat the police. Max is a gung-ho cop, the best of his squad, but when his best friend is killed Max hangs up his guns, taking his wife and young child across the country on vacation. But when the renegade gang kills his family Max climbs into a souped-up racing machine to seek his bloody revenge. 93 min. DVD 6077; vhs 999:1952
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Moulin Rouge! (Australia / USA, 2001)
Director, Baz Luhrmann. Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh, Garry McDonald, Jacek Koman, Matthew Whittet, Kerry Walker. Christian, an idealistic and impoverished young writer newly arrived in Montmartre, is haphazardly inducted into a circle of young bohemians led by Toulouse-Lautrec. A comedy of mistaken identities ensues, quickly enmeshing the young poet in a love triangle involving the unobtainable and consumptive Satine, queen courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, and the foppish Duke of Roxbury, his villainous rival for her affections. 128 min. DVD 976
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Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director
Golden Globe Awards, USA - Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film

Åstrom, Berit. "Referred pain: privileging male emotions in narrative instances of female physical suffering" Journal of Gender Studies Volume 20, Issue 2, 2011 UC users only
Bell, Philip. "Moulin rouge!: Baz Luhrmann, Australia, 2001." In: The cinema of Australia and New Zealand / edited by Geoff Mayer & Keith Beattie. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.A8 C55 2007)
Bennett, Kathryn Conner. "The Gender Politics of Death." Journal of Popular Film and Television, Fall 2004, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p110-120, 11p UC users only
Cyrino, Monica S. "To Love and Toulouse: The Orpheus and Eurydice Theme in Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus (1959) and Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge (2001)." Classical & Modern Literature, Spring2008, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p129-147, 19p
Della Giusta, Marina; Scuriatti, Laura "The show must go on: Making money glamorizing oppression" European Journal of Women's Studies; V. 12, NO. 1, 2005; pp. 31-44, 14p UC users only
Gopal, Sangita; Moorti, Sujata. "Bollywood in Drag: Moulin Rouge! and the Aesthetics of Global Cinema." Camera Obscura, Sep2010, Vol. 24 Issue 75, p28-67, 40p UC users only
Jones, Kent. "Moulin Rouge!" Film Comment, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 22-25, May 2001
Kehler, Grace. "Still for Sale: Love Songs and Prostitutes from "La Traviata" to "Moulin Rouge."" Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, Jun2005, Vol. 38 Issue 2, Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, Jun2005, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p145-162, 18p UC users only
Kinder, Marsha. "Moulin Rouge!" Film Quarterly, vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 52-59, Spring 2002 UC users only
Larson, Katherine. "Silly Love Songs: The Impact of Puccini's La Bohème on the Intertextual Strategies of Moulin Rouge!" Journal of Popular Culture, Dec2009, Vol. 42 Issue 6, p1040-1052, 13p; UC users only
Magedanz, Stacy. "Allusion as Form: The Waste Land and Moulin Rouge!" Orbis Litterarum, 2006, Vol. 61 Issue 2, p160-179, 20p UC users only
Mina Yang. "Moulin Rouge! and the Undoing of Opera." Cambridge Opera Journal, Nov2008, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p269-282, 14p UC users only
Morace, Robert A.Morace, Robert A. "Delirious Postmodernism: Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge." In: Modern and postmodern cutting edge films / edited by Anthony D. Hughes ; with Miranda J. Hughes. Newcastle : Cambridge Scholars, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks New books PN1994 .M58 2008)
Pierson, Michele. "A Production Designer's Cinema: Historical Authenticity in Popular Films Set in the Past." In: Spectacle of the real: from Hollywood to reality TV and beyond / edited by Geoff King. Bristol ; Portland : Intellect Books, 2005. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1992.8.R43 S64 2005)
Van der Merwe, Anne. "Music, the Musical, and Postmodernism in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge." Music and the Moving Image, Fall 2010, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p31-38, 8p UC users only

My Brilliant Career (Australia, 1979)
Directed by Gillian Armstrong. Cast: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes, Robert Grubb, Max Cullen, Aileen Britton, Peter Whitford, Patricia Kennedy. Sybylla Melvyn struggles with the conflicts that we all have between ambition, family, love, and guilt in a most remarkable manner. Sybylla grows to understand that life is a series of trade-offs, and that no one can have it all, and that no one can please everyone. Simple yet universal themes told with charm, wit, and vulnerability. 100 min. DVD 4025
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Collins, Felicity. The films of Gillian Armstrong / by Felicity Collins. St Kilda, Vic. : Australian Teachers of Media in association with Australian Film Institute Research and Information Centre and Deakin University School of Visual, Performing and Media Arts, 1999. (Pacific Film Archive PN1998.3.A78 C65 1999)
Francke, Lizzie. "What Are You Girls Going To Do?: Lizzie Francke Talks with Gillian Armstrong." In: Film/literature/heritage / edited by Ginette Vincendeau. London : British Film Institute, 2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.3 .F54 2001)
McFarlane, Brian. "Her Brilliant Career: Gillian Armstrong on Four Decades sf Filmmaking." Metro, Mar2008, Issue 156, p16-21, 6p UC users only
The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (Australia / New Zealand, 1988)
Directed by Vincent Ward. Cast: Hamish McFarlane, Bruce Lyons, Chris Haywood, Marshall Napier, Noel Appleby, Paul Livingston, Sarah Peirse, Desmond Kelly. Nine year old Griffin is haunted by fragments of a dream .... It is Cumbria 1348, the year of the Black Death. A medieval mining town lives in fear of the advancing plague. Griffin's older brother Connor returns from the outside world in a state of despair, until Griffin tells of his dream and reveals their only source of survival. Make tribute to God. Place a spire on a distant cathedral. Do it before dawn or the village will be lost. Griffin sets out on a bizarre journey with Connor, Searle the pragmatist, Searle's naive brother Ulf, Martin the philosopher, and Arno the one-handed ferryman. Together they tunnel through the earth to a new world-- New Zealand, the antipodes, 1988. But Griffin has a chilling new premonition-- one of them will die at the cathedral. 89 min. DVD 4483
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Read, Lynette. "New Zealand Film: National Identity and the Films of Vincent Ward." Metro, Winter2006, Issue 148, p124-130, 7p UC users only

Newsfront (Australia, 1978)
Directed by Phillip Noyce. Cast: Bill Hunter, Wendy Hughes, Gerard Kennedy, John Ewart, Chris Haywood. The newsreel cameramen were unsung heroes who raced to beat headlines and defied dangers to capture moments on film for moviegoers. They captured historic moments but when a new technology called television arrived, their days were numbered. Tells the story of two such Australian journalists who filmed the historical events of two turbulent decades. 110 min. DVD 4984
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Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy (Australia, 1990)
Directed by Tracey Moffatt. Cast: Marcia Langton, Agnes Hardwick, Jimmy Little. A fictional story in which a middle aged Aboriginal woman resents the responsibility of caring for her old white mother. Her memories and dreams invade her routine until the old woman dies and we share the daughter's sense of loss. 17 min. DVD X7110; Video/C 2957
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Once Were Warriors (New Zealand, 1994)
Directed by Lee Tamahori. Cast: Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell. In a poor suburb of Auckland, Jake and Beth Heke live a life defined by drunken parties, unstable friendships, and confrontations with authorities. Jake, a complex man with a rascal's charm, is weighted down by a quick temper, alcoholism, and an evil streak of male entitlement. Beth's beauty has been scarred by broken dreams and Jake's beefy fists. Yet her inner strength and desire to save her family make her the solid center around which this story of tragedy and hope is constructed. 102 min. DVD 7341
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Passionless Moments (Australia, 1983)
Director, Jane Campion. A voice says, "There are 1,000,000 moments in your neighborhood; each has a fragile presence which fades almost as it forms." Ten such moments are dramatized, from a chubby man exercising and realizing that "sex" and "thing" go together to an ill, bored child discovering that most pieces of paper fit on top of a Scotties box. Along the way, a child races time, a matron thinks she hears a woodpecker, an unfaithful gay man wonders why his eyes can't focus on two depths simultaneously, Angela thinks about her uncle's pet pig as she eats pork, beer-drinking Ed recalls his school football days and vows to get back in shape, and a bachelor remembers his mother. 13 min. DVD X6718; vhs 999:1330
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The Piano (Australia / New Zealand / France, 1993)
Directed by Jane Campion. Cast: Holly Hunter, Sam Neill, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin. A young mute woman and her child travel to New Zealand in the 1800's for an arranged marriage to a farmer there. After the marriage she meets another man, and the competition for her love begins. Only one of the men realizes that her affections can only be won through her beloved piano. 93 min. DVD 1167; vhs 999:1326
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Actress (Holly Hunter); Best Supporting Actress (Anna Paquin)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Actress (Holly Hunter)
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or; Best Actress (Holly Hunter)
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama (Holly Hunter)
London Critics Circle Film Awards - Film of the Year; Actress of the Year (Holly Hunter)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director;
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actress (Holly Hunter)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Director; Best Actress (Holly Hunter); Best Supporting Actress (Anna Paquin)

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Australia, 1979)
Directed by Peter Weir. Cast: Rachel Roberts, Dominic Guard, Helen Morse, Jacki Weaver, Anne Lambert, John Jarrett. In 1900, a group of Australian schoolgirls prepare for a Valentine's Day picnic at Hanging Rock. They depart for their outing, and four of them disappear and are never found. 107 min. DVD 941
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Praise (Australia, 1998)
Directed by John Curran. Cast: Peter Fenton, Sacha Horler. This comedy from Australia looks at the frustrations of Cynthia, a nymphomaniac, as she tries to have an affair with Gordon, a phlegmatic poet. Cynthia is pining for sex, but Gordon cannot get excited. Based on the novel by Andrew McGahan. 98 min. DVD X6524
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The Quiet American (Australia/USA, 2002)
Director: Phillip Noyce. Cast: Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Do Thi Hai Yen, Tzi Ma, Robert Stanton, Holmes Osborne, Pham Thi Mai Hoa, Quang Hai, Rade Sherbedgia. A story that led to the events of the United States military involvement in Vietnam. Here, a love triangle between a British journalist, his mistress, and a mysterious CIA operative evolves into a much greater mystery that eventually leads to murder and deception. Based on the novel by Graham Greene (MAIN: PR6013.R44 Q5 1996; MOFF: PR6013.R44 Q5 1996) 101 min. DVD 1795; vhs 999:3896
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Jacobson, Harlan. "The Quiet American." Film Comment, January/February 2003, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p74-76, 2p UC users only
Jacques, Geoffrey. "The Quiet American." Cineaste, Summer 2003, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p45-47, 3p UC users only
Kauffmann, Stanley. "The Quiet American." New Republic, February 10 2003, Vol. 228 Issue 5, p24-25, 2p UC users only
Klawans, Stuart. "The Quiet American." Nation, December 23 2002, Vol. 275 Issue 22, p42-45, 3p UC users only
Lane, Anthony. "The Quiet American." New Yorker, December 2 2002, Vol. 78 Issue 37, p117-119, 3p
Lawrenson, Edward. "The Quiet American." Sight & Sound, December 2002, Vol. 12 Issue 12, p56-58, 2p UC users only
"Paying for the Damage: The Quiet American Revisited." Film & History , Sep2006, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p38-44, 7p UC users only

The Quit Earth (New Zealand, 1985)
Directed by Geoff Murphy. Cast: Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Peter Smith. At exactly 6:12 a.m., government research scientist Zac Hubson awakens to discover that he may be the last man on Earth. Homes, highways and entire cities are deserted. He soon learns down the road that he isn't alone, one woman and a Maori trucker are still there. 91 min. DVD 7677
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Rabbit-proof Fence (Australia, 2002)
Directed by Phillip Noyce. Cast: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, David Gulpilil, Ningali Lawford, Myarn Lawford, Deborah Mailman, Jason Clarke, Kenneth Branagh. Based on true events tells the story of three half-caste children from Western Australia who were taken from their parents under government edict in 1931 and sent to an institution, where they were taught to forget their families, their culture, and re-invent themselves as members of "white" Australian society. The three girls escaped and began an epic journey back to Western Australia, travelling 1,500 miles on foot with no food or water, and navigating by following the fence that had been built across the nation to stem an over-population of rabbits. 93 min. DVD 1606
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The Rage in Placid Lake (Australia, 2003)
Directed by Tony McNamara. Cast: Ben Lee, Rose Byrne, Garry McDonald, Christopher Stollery, Nicholas Hammond, Francis McMahon, Saskia Smith, Miranda Richardson. Rage in Placid Lake: A comedy drama about two parentally neglected teenagers, Placid Lake and Gemma, who find the courage to believe in themselves. 89 min. DVD 6349
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The Road Warrior (Mad Max 2) (Australia, 1982)
Directed by George Miller. Cast: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps, Vernon Wells. A former police officer is now a lone wanderer, travelling through a post-apocalyptic Australia looking for the now-priceless fuel of petrol. He lives to survive and is none too pleased when he finds himself the only hope of a small group of honest people running a remote oil refinery. He must protect them from the bike gang that is terrorizing them, while transporting their entire fuel supply to safety. 94 min. DVD 323; VHS 999:2533
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Romper Stomper (Australia, 1992)
Directed by Geoffrey Wright. Cast: Russell Crowe, Daniel Pollock, Jacqueline McKenzie, Alex Scott. Hondo leads a gang of skinheads that terrorize Vietnamese immigrants in their Melbourne neighborhood. He soon meets Gabe, a teenage girl from a broken home. Looking for adventure, she falls in love with Hondo and leaps into the careless and dangerous lifestyle of this band of racist punks. But when Gabe swaps partners for Hondo's right-hand man, Davey, she pits the two against each other leading to a shocking conclusion. 93 min. DVD 930
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Samson and Delilah (Australia, 2009)
Directed by Warwick Thornton. Cast: Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson, Mitjili Gibson, Scott Thornton. Samson and Delilah are two teens living in an isolated Aboriginal community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes, they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, unwanted and alone, they discover that life isn't always fair, but love never judges. Special features: "The things they said," short film by Survival; interviews with cast & crew; behind the scenes; theatrical trailer. 100 min. DVD X5578
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Shine (Australia, 1996)
Directed by Scott Hicks. Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Noah Taylor, Lynn Redgrave, John Gielgud. A dramatization of the true story of gifted Australian piano prodigy, David Helfgott who experiences a nervous breakdown and is hospitalized, but later returns to the concert hall. 105 min. DVD 2397
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The Singing Detective (Australia | UK, 1986)
Directed by Jon Amiel. Cast: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley, Janet Suzman. The hallucinations of a mystery writer stricken with a crippling skin disorder interweave memories of his past with a plot casting him in the role of a suave sleuth who croons with a big band. Vol. 1. Skin -- Vol. 2. Heat -- Vol. 3. Lovely days -- Vol. 4. Clues -- Vol. 5. Pitter patter -- Vol. 6. Who done it. Approx. 70 min. each DVD 1666
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Bell, Robert H. "Implicated without choice: The double vision of The Singing Detective." Literature Film Quarterly; 1993, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p200, 9p UC users only
Coward, Rosalind. "Dennis Potter and the Question of the Television Author." Critical Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 79-87, January 1987
Creeber, Glen. "The Singing Detective." In: The television genre book / edited by Glen Creeber ; associate editors, Toby Miller and John Tulloch. London : British Film Institute, 2001. (Main Stack PN1992.55.T45 2001)
Creeber, Glen. "The Singing Detective." In: The television genre book / edited by Glen Creeber ; associate editors, Toby Miller and John Tulloch. London : British Film Institute, 2001. (Main Stack PN1992.55.T45 2001)
Hunningher, Joost. "The Singing Detective (Dennis Potter): Who Done It?" In: British television drama in the 1980s / edited and introduced by George W. Brandt. Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993. (Main Stack PN1992.65.B682 1993)
Marinov, Samuel G. "Pennies from Heaven, The Singing Detective and Lipstick on Your Collar: Redefining the Genre of Musical Film." In: The passion of Dennis Potter : international collected essays / edited by Vernon W. Gras and John R. Cook. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000. (Main Stack PN1992.4.P68.P37 2000)
Roberts, Rex. "The Singing Detective." Film Journal International, Nov2003, Vol. 106 Issue 11, p56, 2p; UC users only
Tonguette, Peter. "Off-Key: What the Critics Missed in The Singing Detective." Senses of Cinema vol. 30, pp. (no pagination), January 2004

Star Struck (Australia, 1982)
Directed by Gillian Armstrong. Cast: Jo Kennedy, Ross O'Donovan, Margo Lee, Max Cullen, Pat Evison, John O'May, Ned Lander. Jackie Mullins rises from obscurity to win a rock contest at the Sydney Opera House. Her success unites the world of her ambitions and New Wave rock and the world of working class life in the Sydney Rocks where she works as a barmaid. This is an original blend of 'backstage' musical and working class comedy inflected by a popular feminism which displaces masculinity from the centre of Australianess as expressed in the rocker comedy. 94 min. DVD X6153
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Collins, Felicity. The films of Gillian Armstrong / by Felicity Collins. St Kilda, Vic. : Australian Teachers of Media in association with Australian Film Institute Research and Information Centre and Deakin University School of Visual, Performing and Media Arts, 1999. (Pacific Film Archive PN1998.3.A78 C65 1999)
McFarlane, Brian. "Her Brilliant Career: Gillian Armstrong on Four Decades sf Filmmaking." Metro, Mar2008, Issue 156, p16-21, 6p UC users only

Strictly Ballroom (Australia, 1992)
Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Cast: Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Pat Thomson, Gia Carides, Peter Whitford, Barry Otto. Scott Hastings is a champion caliber ballroom dancer, but much to the chagrin of the Australian ballroom dance community, Scott believes in dancing "his own steps." Fran is a beginning dancer and a bit of an ugly duckling who has the audacity to ask to be Scott's partner after his unorthodox style causes his regular partner to dance out of his life. Together, these two misfits try to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championships and show the Ballroom Confederation that they are wrong when they say, "there are no new steps!" Special features: Samba to slow Fox dance featurette; 3D gallery; audio commentary with Bas Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and John O'Connell. 94 min. DVD 7286
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The Sundowners (UK / Australia, 1960)
Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Peter Ustinov, Glynis Johns, Dina Merrill, Chips Rafferty, Michael Anderson. Sheep drovers, Paddy, Ida, and their son Sean are always on the move. Ida and Sean want to settle down on a farm, but Paddy who can't bear being "tied down" wants to keep moving. A sheep-shearing contest, child birth, drinking, and a race horse all play a part in the final decision. Based on the novel by Jon Cleary. 133 min. DVD 6476
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Rapf, Joanna E. "Mythic Figures: Women and Co-Being in Three Films by Fred Zinnemann." Film Criticism, Spring-Fall94, Vol. 18/19 Issue 3/1, p140-154, 15p; (AN 31374653) UC users only

Sweetie (Australia, 2002)
Directed by Jane Campion. Cast: Genevieve Lemon, Karen Colston, Tom Lycos, Dorothy Barry, Jon Darling, Michael Lake. Dark comedy about the hazardous relationship between two sisters; button-down, superstitious Kay, and her rampaging sister, 'Sweetie.' Special features: New transfer supervised by cinematographer Sally Bongers and approved by director Jane Campion; audio commentary featuring Campion, Bongers and screenwriter Gerard Lee; Making "Sweetie," a new video conversation between stars Genevieve Lemon and Karen Colston; Campion's early short films: An exercise in discipline: peel, Passionless moments and A girl's own story; Jane Campion: the film school years: a 1989 interview with Campion and critic Peter Thompson; gallery of behind-the-scenes photos and production stills; original theatrical trailer; a new essay by film scholar Dana Polan. 99 min. DVD 6476
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Ten Canoes (Australia, 2006)
Directed by Rolf de Heer. Cast: Storyteller, David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu. Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Dayindi Gulpilil Dalaithngu, Richard Birrinbirrin, Peter Minygululu, Frances Djulibing. In the distant past, Dayindi covets his older brother's wife. To teach him the proper way, he is told a parable of forbidden love from the mythical past, a story of wrong love, kidnapping, sorcery, and revenge gone wrong. Narrated by Australian icon David Gulpilil and starring his son Jamie as the covetous youth Dayindi, Ten Canoes is a ground-breaking glimpse into aboriginal life centuries before European settlement. Shot in and around the Arafura Wetlands of Central Arnhem Land, Rolf de Heer and the People of Ramingining have created a pioneering and timeless tale for all cultures. Special features: "The Balanda and the bark canoes: the making of Ten Canoes" featurette (55 min.); aerial map of Arnhem Land; interview with Peter Djigirr; interview with director Rolf de Heer; photo gallery: Thomson photographs revisited; US theatrical trailer. 88 min. DVD 8778
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Bell, James. "The way it was." Sight & Sound; Jun2007, Vol. 17 Issue 6, p34-37, 4p UC users only
Davis, Therese. "Remembering Our Ancestors: Cross-Cultural Collaboration and the Mediation of Aboriginal Culture and History in Ten Canoes (Rolf de Heer, 2006)." Studies in Australasian Cinema, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 5-14, 2007 UC users only
Hamby, L. "Thomson Times and Ten Canoes (de Heer and Djigirr, 2006)." Studies in Australasian Cinema v. 1 no. 2 (2007) p. 127-46 UC users only
Hamby, Louise. "A Question of Time: 'Ten Canoes'". Australian Journal of Anthropology, April 2007, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p123-126, 4p UC users only
Riphagen, Marianne; Venbrux, Eric. "Ten Canoes." Visual Anthropology, May/Jun2008, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p266-269, 4p UC users only
"Rold De Heer And Ten Canoes: Crocodiles, Leeches, Mosquitoes And Passion" Metro, Autumn2006, Issue 149, p12-15, 4p UC users only
Starrs, D. Bruno. "The Audience as Aurator Again? Sound and Rolf De Heer's 'Ten Canoes'." Metro, Autumn2006, Issue 149, p18-20, 3p UC users only
Thorner, Sabra. "Ten Canoes by Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr." American Anthropologist, Dec2009, Vol. 111 Issue 4, p519-521, 3p UC users only

The Tracker (Australia, 2002)
Directed by Rolf de Heer. Cast: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Damon Gameau, Grant Page, Noel Wilton. Set in 1922 in the outback, the story follows three mounted policemen and an Aboriginal tracker on a mission to bring to justice a black man accused of murdering a white woman. The party's leader is a sadistic racist known simply as the Fanatic. Their guide, the Tracker, is a resourceful and complex character, who keeps everyone guessing until the end. They are constantly half a day behind the Fugitive. Frustrations spill over as the tension mounts. Relationships among the pursuers are put to the test, and alliances shift among the men. Brutal acts are repaid. Law and justice are explored. 95 min. DVD 4447
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Two Friends (Australia, TV, 1986)
Director, Jane Campion. Cast: Kris Bidenko, Emma Coles, Kris McQuade, Peter Hehir, Alison Kerry Dwyer. Two teenage friends become estranged when the once conventional Kelly becomes a mohawk-wearing punker who experiments with drugs and casual sex. This debut feature film of producer/director Jane Campion, remains one of her finest films. 79 min. DVD 1139
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Utu (New Zealand, 1983)
Directed by Geoff Murphy. Cast: Anzac Wallace, Bruno Lawrence, Wi Kuki Kaa, Kelly Johnson, Tim Elliot. Set in New Zealand against the bloody Maori Indian uprisings of 1870, Geoff Murphy's Utu is both a visceral adventure film and a devastating critique of British colonialism. The film centers around a Maori tribesman, who vows "utu"--the ritualistic revenge demanded by his culture, when his family and village are destroyed in a raid by the British Army. 122 min. 999:1711
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Mitchell, Tony. "Utu - A New Zealand Revenge Tragedy." Film Criticism, Spring84, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p47-53, 7p
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Walkabout (UK, 1982)
Directed by Nicolas Roeg. Cast: Jenny Agutter, Lucien John [i.e, Luc Roeg], David Gumpilil [i.e., Gulpilil], John Meillon. Stranded in the Australian desert two city children, an English girl and her small brother, are rescued by an Aborigine boy who has journeyed into the outback on his "walkabout"--a tribal initiation into manhood. Based on the novel by James Vance Marshall [i.e., Ian Cameron]. 93 min. DVD X873
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Whale Rider (New Zealand, 2002)
Directed by Niki Caro. Cast: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa, Mana Taumaunu, Rachel House. The Whangara people believe their ancestor Paikea was saved from drowning by riding home on the back of a whale. The tribal group has since granted leadership positions to the first-born males, believing them to be descendants of Paikea. But then a young mother dies in childbirth along with her newborn male son. His twin sister survives and the little girl, Pai, is brought up by her grandparents. Learning the skills of chiefdom from her uncle, Pai shows that she has natural leadership ability. 101 min. DVD 2127
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - BAFTA Children's Award - Best Feature Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Young Actor/Actress (Keisha Castle-Hughes)
National Board of Review, USA - Special Recognition for excellence in filmmaking.
San Francisco International Film Festival - Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature
Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award, World Cinema
Toronto International Film Festival - People's Choice Awards

Where the Green Ants Dream (Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen) (West Germany / Australia, 1984)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Bruce Spence, Wandjuk Marika, Ray Marika, Ray Barrett, Norman Kaye, Colleen Clifford. A sympathetic geologist for a uranium mining company must confront the passive resistance of the Aborigine tribes in Southern Australia. The spots where the deposits are richest is sacred ground, the place "where the green ants dream," for them the origin of all life. 99 min. DVD 6000; vhs 999:3657
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Wide Sargasso Sea (Australia/USA 1993)
Directed by John Duigan. Cast: Karina Lombard, Nathaniel Parker, Claudia Robinson, Michael York, Rachel Ward. On a plantation in the lush Blue Mountains of Jamaica, young lovers are swept into a menage of black magic and erotic obsession that spirals into a climax of seduction, betrayal, and ultimately revenge. Based on the novel by Jean Rhys (MAIN: PR6035.H96 W5 1999; MOFF: PR6035.H96 W5 1999) 100 min. 999:1642
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The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Directed by Peter Weir. Cast: Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Murphy, Linda Hunt. Guy Hamilton, an ambitious Australian reporter on his first overseas assignment, is befriended by a short Eurasian cameraman who has connections in high places. Hamilton soon gains an entree to Indonesian Communist Party leaders, as well as insight into Jakarta's grim realities on the eve of a major political upheaval. From the novel by C.J. Koch. 115 min. DVD X3102
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