Australian Screen

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All titles produced in 1998

46 titles

A

Amy feature film – 1998

Amy has an amazing voice, once she discovers it, making this an unusual combination of sentiment, social commentary and singing.

Art From the Heart documentary – 1998

White collectors and gallery owners have benefited from indigenous art since the 1970s yet this issue is not vigorously pursued here.

B

Bastards from the Bush, A Journey with Bob Ellis and Les Murray documentary – 1998

The ridicule poet Les Murray experienced at school, contributed to a nervous breakdown 30 years later, he says.

Big Bag’s Japanese Adventure documentary – 1998

The Geelong-based Big Bag Band was invited to Japan to inspire that country’s fledgling arts and disability scene.

The Boys feature film – 1998

David Wenham’s performance as the absolutely terrifying Brett Sprague, launched his career as an actor of serious power and presence.

A Breath documentary – 1998

Calligrapher Huang Miaozi and painter Yu Feng opposed the Japanese occupation of China through their art.

C

Cheap Blonde short film – 1998

A humorous experimental word game which examines gender representation and authorship in the cinema.

Cousin short film – 1998

The biography of a cousin, his special arm, pet rocks and shopping trolley.

Crash Zone – The Dream Team television program – 1998

While the technology now looks a bit dated, at the time this was an edgy, high-tech series about five kids with a dream job – testing video games after school.

D

Dance Me to My Song feature film – 1998

A woman with severe cerebral palsy battles to maintain her dignity and independence in the face of a selfish and negligent carer.

E

Emily’s Eyes documentary – 1998

Emily has physical disabilities, but this documentary is moving and uplifting because of the way the family deals with her.

Errands of Mercy documentary – 1998

The observational material provides a real sense of the day-to-day life of ambulance workers, and their challenges.

F

Feeling Sexy short feature – 1998

A young woman struggles to maintain her creativity within the confines of her new marriage and motherhood.

Fetch short film – 1998

This short film is a comic escalation of mishaps with a double-barrelled payoff. It was selected to compete at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

For the Defence documentary – 1998

Unusual access to Australian law in action allows a glimpse into the complexities of theft, rape and murder trials.

G

The Games – Series 1 Episode 8, Rural and Environment television program – 1998

In mockumentary style, The Games charts the progress of the fictitious Logistics and Liaison Division of SOCOG in the run-up to the Sydney Olympics.

Good Guys Bad Guys – Car Wars television program – 1998

A crime series set in a drycleaners.

H

Has Beans short film – 1998

In this animated short film, bullying and revenge lead to annihilation.

Head On feature film – 1998

In terms of iconoclastic daring, Head On has no equal in Australian cinema. It broke so many rules, offended so many polite conventions, attacked so many silences, that it left audiences stunned and gulping for air.

Heartbreak High – Series 7 Episode 210 television program – 1998

Stolen goods, lawn bowls and a séance feature in this final episode of the groundbreaking 1990s teen drama.

Hephzibah documentary – 1998

Levy has painted a portrait of a woman ahead of her time – musician Hephzibah Menuhin was imperfect, passionate, talented and driven by a humanitarian instinct.

The Highest Court documentary – 1998

The filmmakers were given unprecedented access to make this lucid explanation of the High Court of Australia.

Home of the Blizzard documentary – 1998

This documentary is an excellent portrayal of the adverse conditions of Antarctica.

Hypsi: the Forest Gardener documentary – 1998

In this natural history of the smallest kangaroo, we learn that during summer, when food is abundant, the testes of the musky rat-kangaroo increase in size.

I

In the Winter Dark feature film – 1998

There have been genre films that explored this kind of rural paranoia, but not so many that take the loneliness of the bush seriously as a cause of real mental trauma.

L

Lobster Tales documentary – 1998

In creating an 'animal meets people’-style documentary from a lobster’s point of view, director Celia Tait presents an anthropomorphic view of lobsters.

Love Song short film – 1998

In this animated short film, a singing punk rat tries his luck in the game of love.

Love’s Tragedies documentary – 1998

Private investigator Charles says the signs of adultery are easy to detect – new clothes, joining a gym, extra credit card expenses.

O

Our Park documentary – 1998

Gillian Leahy visits a micro-world – the park outside her house. Her films are both documentaries and works of fiction.

P

Pentuphouse short film – 1998

This short film by Cate Shortland is a snapshot of a relationship in its last days.

Praise feature film – 1998

Praise has alcohol and tobacco, acid and heroin, sex and oblivion and is like a grungy version of Last Tango in Paris.

R

Radiance feature film – 1998

This is a rare exploration of the emotional interior lives of Indigenous women, in this case, three sisters.

Reunion documentary – 1998

A bio-documentary of filmmaker Lisa Wang revealing her growing awareness of her 'Chinese-ness’ in 1950s Australia.

S

SeaChange – One of the Gang television program – 1998

A high-powered city lawyer moves to a sleepy coastal town after her life implodes.

Serving Suggestion short film – 1998

In this animated short, little Kevin’s rampage at the supermarket goes too far.

Shifting Sands – Grace short film – 1998

This short drama from Wesley Enoch depicts the emotional journey of an Indigenous woman back to Australia for the funeral of her sister.

Shifting Sands – My Bed Your Bed short film – 1998

This short romantic drama from Erica Glynn uses the power of silence to communicate the tension between two characters who have been promised to each other.

Shifting Sands – My Colour, Your Kind short film – 1998

When under threat of having their children stolen by authorities, Indigenous mothers resorted to darkening their fair-skinned children with mud and charcoal.

Shifting Sands – Passing Through short film – 1998

A directorial debut from filmmaker and celebrity chef Mark Olive, Passing Through weaves myth and legend to tell an Indigenous-flavoured ghost story.

Spirit 2000: Countdown to Sydney documentary – 1998

Director David Goldie interviews athletes as they prepare for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Stingers – Ratcatcher television program – 1998

The first episode of Stingers wastes no time setting up its premise, diving straight into the action, allowing us to get to know the characters as the crime story unfolds.

Suburban Strippers documentary – 1998

This behind-the-scenes look into the world of Adelaide strippers in the 90s explores the distinction between stripping and prostitution.

T

Two Tribes television program – 1998

It’s a tribute to the trust that the directors built with the kids and bankers alike that we get to share some very moving and quite intimate scenes.

V

Vanish documentary – 1998

Ivan Sen’s Vanish explores the history of the Gamilaroi people being moved onto Toomelah Reserve.

W

Winging It short film – 1998

A short animation about a young man who recalls a piece of family lore which helps him out of a potentially tricky situation.

Z

Zipper short film – 1998

This tongue-in-cheek live action-animated short blames the zipper for unleashing women’s sexuality.