A man closes up a lecture hall; he reaches into a box and snips the string holding a gaunt puppet. Released, the puppet warily explores the darkened rooms about him. Screws twist out of ... See full summary »
A jilted husband takes his revenge by filming his wife and her lover and showing the result at the local cinema. This was one of Starewicz' first animated films, and stars very realistic ... See full summary »
a passionate rejection of the realism and the romantic locationism of classical Australian cinema.
Tracey Moffatt's Night Cries is a horrifying short film that exposes a sombre Australian story. Obviously a sequel to Charles Chauvel's "Jedda"(1955), an older Aboriginal 'Jedda' takes care of her dying white (step mother). Jimmy Little appears at the beginning, middle and end of the film - pivotal points in the narrative. Like the main Aborignial woman, Little represents the assimilation process that changed the Aboriginal people. The artificial studio setting is unique compared to much of Australian cinema which is dominated by rural outback imagery. The mountain backdrop echoes the landscape viewed from Jedda's house in "Jedda" (1955), and also the paintings of Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira - another example of an Aboriginie changed by the assimilation process. His watercolour works were completely different to the traditional dot paintings. Overall Moffatt has created a moving and haunting film, despite its short length.
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