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The Hillmen: A Soccer Fable

Follows the adventures of a Greek junior soccer club in Melbourne which has opened its doors to kids of all cultural backgrounds, among them Vietnamese. In accompanying Clifton Hill United through its winter campaign we meet the adolescent youngsters who dream of heroism but must often cope with failure. (NFSA, http://www.nfsa.gov.au/)

Taking Pictures (aka Ways Of Seeing)

A thoughtful look at the way Western cameras have represented the lives of Papua New Guineans. Before the 1970s, the Commonwealth Film Unit represented the people of PNG in a paternalistic way, as curiosities. Les McLaren and Annie Stiven are two of a group of Australian filmmakers who have lived and worked in PNG during the past 25 years and who see their roles rather differently… (Ronin Films, http://www.roninfilms.com.au)

Race Against Primetime

Documentary commissioned by the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance to promote colour-blind casting within the television industry. It uses three short dramas to support its point that actors of any race can play almost any role. The stories are ‘The Tempest’ directed by George Ogilvie, ‘The Casting Session’ by Lewis Fitz-Gerald and ‘A Matter of Discretion’ by Julian Pringle. The film also features interviews on the subject with other actors, producers, directors and writers. Feat interview with Pauline Chan, Darren Yap, and others.

Big Hair Woman

Made for commercial television, Big Hair Woman uses humour as a vehicle to both entertain and inform its audience about the wonders and diversity of contemporary Papua New Guinea. This “docu-comedy” with its award-winning cinematography and quirky Australian humour, represents a fresh approach to ethnographic film-making. (NFSA, http://www.nfsa.gov.au/)

Advertising Missionaries

In Papua New Guinea where over three quarters of the population cannot be reached by regular advertising media, markets are being developed by other means. A theatre group travels the remote highlands performing soap operas devised around advertising messages for products like Coca Cola, Colgate and Mortein. (Ronin Films, http://www.roninfilms.com.au)

No Sex, No Violence, No News

Following producers, distributors, satellite moguls, advertising executives and a widely respected observer of Chinese society, this documentary looks at how business is conducted in a bizarre world where official party propaganda merges with Hollywood and Mtv. (NFSA, http://www.nfsa.gov.au/)

Hell Bento: Discovering The Japanese Underground

An inclusive journey into Japanese subcultures including the Yakuza, the nationalists, the gay and lesbian community, the bikers and homeless. The film also sets out to challenge assumptions about Japan’s younger generation and what their rapidly westernising lifestyles might indicate for the future. (NFSA, http://www.nfsa.gov.au/)

Whats So Funny?

Documentary from 1994 featuring Hung Le, Australia’s only Vietnamese stand up comic. Examines the lives of several ethnic comics including, Vince Sorrenti, John Herouvim, Ijlal Iz, Anthony Mir, Peter (Akmal) Saleh, and their attempts to realise their ambitions on the comedy stage. Their stories offer a window into the development of ethnic comedy, the broader migrant experience and the current state of multiculturalism in Australia. (NFSA, http://www.nfsa.gov.au/)

Dream House

Tom Liu, a Chinese engineer leaves his wife in Shanghai in 1987 to work in a Sydney factory. After Teinanmen Square film director Ding Yi Feng comes to Sydney and shares a house with Tom. Ding is disatisfied with menial work, Australia and separation from his wife. He goes home. Tom brings his estranged family to Australia. Difficult personal decisions are made, and questions raised about ideology and immigration. (NFSA, http://www.nfsa.gov.au/)