Film Festivals 1991

An interesting year with special mention of the Coen Brothers' dark comedy "Barton Fink" and also their stylish "Miller's Crossing", Philip Kaufman's erotic "Henry and June", Emir Kusturica's sweeping "Time of the Gypsies" and Anthony Minghella's heartfelt "Truly, Madly, Deeply" (right).

Mo' Better Blues (1990)

Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes

Spike ('Do The Right Thing') Lee has come up trumps again with this well-crafted tale of a jazz musician coming to terms with himself and life. Denzel... Read more

Mr and Mrs Bridge (1990)

Director: James Ivory
Starring: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Blythe Danner

Set in Kansas City in the late 1930s, this acclaimed drama stars Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward as an upper-class Kansas City couple who begin questi... Read more

Nikita ( La Femme Nikita ) (1990)

Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Anne Parillaud, Jean Reno, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Jeanne Moreau, Tcheky Karyo, Jea...

Wildly violent, borderline psychopathic Nikita (Anne Parillaud) is a street punk who'll do anything for a fix - even murder a cop at point blank. Resc... Read more

Proof (1992)

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Genevieve Picot, Russell Crowe

A highly original inventive film about Martin, blind since birth and mistrustful, who must rely on others to describe the photographs he takes as 'pro... Read more

Pump Up The Volume (1990)

Director: Allan Moyle
Starring: Christian Slater, Scott Paulin, Ellen Greene, Samantha Mathis, Annie Ross

A funny, fast-talking rally call to rebellious youth. It features Christian Slater ('Heathers') as Hard Harry, the raunchy one-man private radio stati... Read more

Romero (1989)

Director: John Duigan
Starring: Ana Alicia, Eddie Velez, Raul Julia, Richard Jordan

The powerful account of a savage dictatorship that massacred and tortured hundreds of thousands. He spoke the truth in a country torn apart by social... Read more

The Big Steal (1990)

Director: Nadia Tass
Starring: Claudia Karvan, Ben Mendelsohn, Marshall Napier, Steve Bisley

A charming tale about Danny Clark (Ben Mendelsohn) who wants just two things in life, one is a Jaguar and the other is Joanna Johnson (Cladia Karvan).... Read more

The Grifters (1990)

Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, Annette Bening

A classy, suspenseful and erotic thriller acclaimed as one of the best films of the year about a mother, son (only fourteen years her junior) and son'... Read more

The Iceman Cometh ( aka Time Warriors ) (1989)

Director: Clarence Fok
Starring: Maggie Cheung, Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah

A rip-roaring ride through history as two ancient swordsmen from the Ming Dynasty are transported to the streets of present-day Hong Kong. Full of hum... Read more

The Rainbow (1989)

Director: Ken Russell
Starring: Sammi Davis, Amanda Donohoe, Paul McGann

D H Lawrence's novel about the sexual and emotional maturation of a Victorian girl. This predecessor to 'Women in Love', is well filmed by Ken Russell... Read more