Film Festivals 2002

A great diversity of titles this year included David Lynch's 'Mulholland Drive' the fascinating 'Donnie Darko', unusual and very funny bio-pic '24 Hour Party People' and the haunting 'Kandahar'. Isabelle Huppert was rivetting as 'The Piano Teacher' alongside sharp-tongued 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' and Richard Linklater's rotoscope feature 'Waking Life'. Wes Anderson produced 'The Royal Tenenbaums', 'Life and Debt' investigated the effects of globalisation on Jamaica's economy, while back home, Rogernomics came under the lens in 'In a Land of Plenty'

Down From The Mountain (2000)

Director: Chris Hegedus, D A Pennebaker, Nick Doob
Starring: Emmylou Harris, John Hartford, Chris Thomas King, Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley,...

Joel and Ethan Coen present one of the most extraordinary concerts in the history of traditional American music; 'Down From the Mountain' goes onstage... Read more

Ghost World (2001)

Director: Terry Zwigoff
Starring: Illeana Douglas, Thora Birch, Steve Buscemi, Scarlett Johansson, Brad Renfro

For sardonic high schoolers and best buds Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson, the world around them is filled with living targets for their scorn and... Read more

Hearts in Atlantis (2001)

Director: Scott Hicks
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis, David Morse, Mika Boorem

Two Stephen King stories serve as the basis for this coming-of-age tale set in 1960 that focuses on fatherless 11-year-old Anton Yelchin who is befrie... Read more

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Starring: John Cameron Mitchell, Andrea Martin, Michael Pitt, Miriam Shor, Alberta Watson

Stepping back into the high-heeled shoes of his acclaimed off-Broadway play's title character, director/co-writer John Cameron Mitchell stars as the b... Read more

High Society (1956)

Director: Charles Walters
Starring: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra

One of the best musicals of the fifties! With Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly, the score written by Cole Porter and played by Louis Armstro... Read more

In a Land of Plenty (2002)

Director: Alister Barry
Starring: Narrated by, Ian Johnstone

The story of unemployment in New Zealand using extensively researched archive footage and interviews with those close to the action. We trace the orig... Read more

Kandahar (2001)

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Starring: Nelofer Pazira, Hassan Tantai, Sadou Teymouri, Hoyatala Hakimi

Nafas, a young Afghan journalist now living in Canada recieves a desperate letter from her sister in Afghanistan who intends to kill herself at the ne... Read more

Kissing Jessica Stein (2002)

Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Starring: Scott Cohen, Heather Juergensen, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jackie Hoffman, Tovah Felds...

When Jessica, a straight, twentysomething New York copy editor with a long string of bad dates, decides on a whim to answer a "woman seeks woman" pers... Read more

Last Orders (2001)

Director: Fred Schepisi
Starring: Michael Caine, Tom Courtenay, David Hemmings, Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Ray Win...

When Jack Dodd passes away, his three best friends and son unite to carry out his last wish. It's a request that will send them on a journey of discov... Read more

Liam (2001)

Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Ian Hart, Claire Hackett, Anne Reid

This touching, heartfelt offering from Stephen Frears ("Dangerous Liasons", "High Fidelity") captures a child's eye view of the depths of the depressi... Read more