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'

24 Hour Party People (2002)

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Paddy Considine, Steve Coogan, Danny Cunningham, Sean Harris, Shirley Henderson,...

This riveting film captures the meteoric real-life exploits of Tony Wilson (great performance by Steve Coogan), a savvy Manchester-based TV impresario... Read more

Apocalypse Now Redux (1979)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Laurence Fishburne...

Huge production difficulties were faced by Francis Ford Coppola while shooting this epic-scale Vietnam War drama, including disastrous weather conditi... Read more

Bend it Like Beckham (2002)

Director: Gurinder Chadha
Starring: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Juliet Stevenson

A sheer delight of a film about a young soccer player who overcomes personal obstacles to score a winning goal in the final seconds of a crucial match... Read more

Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (2002)

Director: Andre Heller, Othmar Schmiderer

From 1942 to 1945, Traudl Junge served as personal secretary to Adolf Hitler. In her most in-depth and shockingly candid interview ever, the now 81-ye... Read more

Calle 54 (2001)

Director: Fernando Trueba
Starring: Gato Barbieri, Paquito D'Rivera, Tito Puente, Jerry Gonzalez

Acclaimed as one of the best films ever made about music, this vibrant documentary offers an incredible behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of so... Read more

Coffee, Tea or Me? (2002)

Director: Brita McVeigh

"The changing image of New Zealand's air hostesses over the years provides wry commentary on substantial social change. Seven women talk candidly to f... Read more

Dark Blue World (2001)

Director: Jan Sverak
Starring: Ondrej Vetchy, Krystof Hadek, Tara Fitzgerald

Enthralling WWII drama from "Kolya" director Jan Sverak details the adventures of pilot pals Ondrej Vetchy and young Krystof Hadek, who are forced to... Read more

Divided We Fall (2000)

Director: Jan Hrebejk
Starring: Boleslav Polivka, Anna Siskova

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, this stark but sometimes humourous effort is set in a Czech town during World War II where the... Read more

Donnie Darko (2001)

Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Duval, Jena Malone, Katharine Ross, Mary...

Dark and disturbing, destined-for-cult status tale stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a gifted but troubled 80s high school student whose adolescent horrors tak... Read more

Donnie Darko ( Blu-ray ) (2001)

Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Katharine Ross, Mary McDonnell, No...

During the presidential election of 1988, a teenager named Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, dem... Read more