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Australia & New Zealand

Black SheepЖ (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.

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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database