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The first film made in the newly independent Republic of Macedonia, Milcho Manchevski's this gripping triptych of love and violence crosscuts the stories of an orthodox Christian monk (Gregoire Colin), a British photo agent (Katrin Cartlidge), and a native Macedonian war photographer (Rade Serbedzija) to paint a portrait of simmering…
Sweetie
Though she went on to create a string of brilliant films, Jane Campion will always be remembered for her stunning debut feature, which focuses on the hazardous relationship between the buttoned-down, superstitious Kay and her rampaging, devil-may-care sister, Sweetie--and on their family's profoundly rotten roots. A feast of colorful photography…
The Rats of Tobruk
Following on the great tradition of Forty Thousand Horsemen, Charles Chauvel's 1944 cinematic account of the Battle of Rommel is a tour de force of Australian filmmaking, telling the story of three courageous men who join the Australian Imperial Force at the beginning of WWII. When war breaks out, tough-as-leather…
Always Another Dawn
'The history of officers and men of the Royal Australian Navy through the war years will, for the most part, never be known, yet they won for themselves honour in a service known for its traditions of self-sacrifice and devotion to duty. Now, in the aftermath of war, we may…
King of the Coral Sea
When Ted King, captain of a pearling lugger discovers a body floating in the Torres Strait, he becomes unwittingly embroiled in a people smuggling plot. Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery he is joined by his first mate, Jack Janiero and the recently arrived owner of the…
Back to the Back of Beyond
Forty years after legendary filmmaker John Heyer captured a uniquely Aussie adventure on film, we revisit the dusty outback once more as dedicated postman Tom Kruse returns to the rugged Birdsville Track to relive his past and comment on the future of outback Australia. Exploring past endeavours and investigating significant…
The Naked Country
Farmer Lance Dillon (John Stanton) and his wife, Mary (Rebecca Gilling), settle on the plains of the Australian Outback, but the challenges presented by the unforgiving terrain and the unwelcoming locals threaten their marriage and Lance's life. The often-ignored Mary slowly falls into the arms of lawman Neil Adams (Ivar…
The Hero of the Dardanelles
Opening to great acclaim at Melbourne's Majestic Theatre on 17 July 1915, The Hero of the Dardanelles was produced only weeks after the Gallipoli landings and includes the first ever re-enactment of that campaign. The landing sequence was staged at Sydney's Tamarama Bay, as hundreds of soldiers from the Army's…
Rangle River
Rangle River is drying up and Dick Drake, the outback station's head stockman is desperate to find water for his cattle. Strangely, the suave Donald Lawton's adjoining property has plenty of water. Compounding his problems, Marion Hastings, daughter of the station owner returns from years overseas, accompanied by self-invited Englishman…
Breaking the Waves
Lars von Trier became an international sensation with this galvanizing realist fable about sex and spiritual transcendence. In an Oscar-nominated performance, Emily Watson stuns as Bess, a simple, pious newlywed in a tiny Scottish village who gives herself up to a shocking form of martyrdom after her husband (Stellan Skarsgard)…
Au revoir les enfants
This late work from French writer-director Louis Malle tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie--until a secret is revealed. Based on events from Malle's own childhood, the film is…
My Life as a Dog
My Life as a Dog (Mitt liv som hund) tells the story of Ingemar, a twelve-year-old from a working-class family sent to live with his uncle in a country village when his mother falls ill. There, with the help of the warmhearted eccentrics who populate the town, the boy finds…