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Feature Films and Dramas (1/2)

A curated collection of selected narrative fiction films from Australia and Pacific island nations, originally released in cinemas and film festivals, including the award-winning features SHINE, and Indigenous subjects and filmmakers.

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AYA

AYA

1990 (PG) 95 min

Aya arrives in Australia with her husband, an Australian soldier who was with the occupation forces in Japan. Aya forms a close bond with Mac, a close friend of Frank's, whose wartime experiences left him with a deep regard for Japanese culture. But Frank wants Aya to forget her Japanese past. Suffering cultural shock and... more

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BEDEVIL

BEDEVIL

1993 (PG) 90 min

A NEWLY RE-MASTERED DVD - Three tales of the supernatural from Indigenous visual artist, Tracey Moffatt, combined in one extraordinary feature film, rich in virtuosic design, drama and movement more

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BLACKBIRD

BLACKBIRD

2016 (PG) 13 min

Blackbird is a short narrative drama which sheds light on a little known part of history - Australia’s notorious “blackbirding” era when some 60,000 Pacific Islanders were brought to Australia, often by force and kidnapping, between 1863 and 1904 to work on sugar cane farms of Queensland. more

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BLUEY

BLUEY

2016 (M) 14 min

A moving and powerful portrait of a young woman trapped in a cycle of violence, hopelessness and despair. She meets a mystery mentor who could change everything. more

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BREATHING UNDER WATER

BREATHING UNDER WATER

1991 (PG) 78 min

A late 20th century Beatrice (Anne Louise Lambert), mother of a young child, keeps a map ‘dredged from her dreams’ in a copy of Dante’s Inferno. Prompted by questions from her young daughter Maeve (Maeve Dermody), and feeling unease with her own historical present, Beatrice is compelled to make a journey to the underworld. more

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CALL ME MUM

CALL ME MUM

2008 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 76 min

Set in the recent past, the AFI award-winning Call Me Mum is a series of interlinked monologues where five characters unravel a complex tale of mothering, race relations and family in Australia. more

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COLD TURKEY [from the CAAMA Collection]

COLD TURKEY [from the CAAMA Collection]

2002 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 45 min

A drama about two brothers and their journey into a long night of desperate living. more

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CROSS LIFE

CROSS LIFE

2007 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 100 min

CROSS LIFE is the first feature film directed by Claire McCarthy, a rapidly emerging new star of Australian cinema. Her second feature is the acclaimed THE WAITING CITY, filmed in India and released nationally through Hopscotch Films. more

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DROVER'S BOY, THE

DROVER'S BOY, THE

2015 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 11 min

This ‘hybrid’ blend of music, documentary and drama is set in the 1920s in outback Australia, and evokes a time when it was illegal for white Australians and Aboriginal people to marry. Based on a ballad by Ted Egan, the film pays tribute to the role of Aboriginal women in the pastoral history of frontier Australia. more

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FIRST FAGIN, THE

FIRST FAGIN, THE

2012 (PG) 87 min

From New York to Hobart, and from the darkest jails and prison ships of England to the penal colony of Port Arthur, THE FIRST FAGIN brings to life the passionate love and dramatic adventures of Ikey Solomon, family man, fence, and Charles Dickens' inspiration for the character of Fagin in Oliver Twist. more

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GIORGIO MANGIAMELE COLLECTION, THE

GIORGIO MANGIAMELE COLLECTION, THE

(M) 282 min

Five provocative works from an Italian filmmaker in post-war Australia. This 2-DVD set includes a 28-page booklet, 70 minutes of interviews with film historians as well as the following five films: IL CONTRATTO, THE SPAG [unreleased], THE SPAG [released], NINETY NINE PER CENT and CLAY. more

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GREEN BUSH [from the CAAMA Collection]

GREEN BUSH [from the CAAMA Collection]

2005 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 26 min

An Indigenous radio DJ does the nightshift at a remote community radio station, and must negotiate nightly dramas while still spinning the music. A film by Warwick Thornton. more

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JANE CAMPION TRILOGY, THE

JANE CAMPION TRILOGY, THE

(M) 48 min

At the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, Jane Campion made an unprecedented debut. The films were PEEL, A GIRL'S OWN STORY and PASSIONLESS MOMENTS. The three were made while she was a student at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. more

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LAND HAS EYES, THE

LAND HAS EYES, THE

2005 (M) 87 min

The first feature film from Fiji - made on the island of Rotuma. The story of a young island woman and her fight to save her family's honour. more

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MAKING TRAPS

MAKING TRAPS

1994 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 27 min

MAKING TRAPS follows Pauline Chan’s first journey to Vietnam, since leaving with her family in 1972, to make her debut feature film, TRAPS. more

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MY LIFE WITHOUT STEVE

MY LIFE WITHOUT STEVE

1987 (PG) 53 min

After a lengthy romance, Steve (who is only seen in photographs and is played by Mark McManus) has left Liz (Jenny Vuletic). During the months that follow, the wounded and angry Liz obsesses on the end of the relationship, attempting to understand why and how it happened and so avoid the recurrence of such emotional pain. more

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NIGHT CRIES

NIGHT CRIES

1990 (G) 17 min

DIGITALLY REMASTERED! NIGHT CRIES – a story of a white woman and her adopted Aboriginal daughter, told with vibrantly coloured landscapes and a richly constructed soundscape. The film is in part a response by visual artist Tracey Moffatt to Charles Chauvel's celebrated feature film, JEDDA (1955). more

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NOTHING RHYMES WITH NGAPARTJI

NOTHING RHYMES WITH NGAPARTJI

2010 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 56 min

Acclaimed Pitjantjatjara actor, Trevor Jamieson, sets out on a daunting personal journey to bring his hit show home to country ... but can he bridge these two worlds, two languages and two cultures? more

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ROAD TO NHILL

ROAD TO NHILL

1996 (PG) 95 min

In a small isolated Australian town, a car carrying four members of the local bowling club runs off the road, trapping the women inside. Maurie, a local pig farmer, is first on the scene and alerts the Emergency Services. However, the ambulance heads off in the wrong direction because there is confusion over whether the... more

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SHOCK ROOM

SHOCK ROOM

2016 (M) 72 min

In the early 1960s American psychologist Stanley Milgram ran a series of controversial experiments on obedience. An authority orders you to inflict painful shocks on another person. Most us will obey, claimed Milgram. But will we? more

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