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Australia & New Zealand

Forgotten Silver (New Zealand, 1996)

Written and directed by Peter Jackson and 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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

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.