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Film Festivals 1988

Another vintage year highlighted by Philip Kaufman's "Unbearable Lightness of Being", Peter Jackson's debut film "Bad Taste", a grand embrace of things past in "Withnail and I", the wonderfully eclectic mix of music and imagery in "Aria", a grand Gallic feast was to be had in "Babette's Feast", the enchanting "Jean de Florette" followed by "Manon des Sources", and stretching the medium was Wim Wenders with "Wings of Desire" (pictured).

Aria (1987)

5.8/10
Director: Bruce Beresford, Charles Sturridge, Derek Jarman, Franc Roddam, Jean-Luc Godard, Julien Temple, Ken Russell, Nicolas Roeg, Robert Altman, Bill Bryden
Starring: John Hurt, Theresa Russell, Buck Henry, Beverly D'Angelo, Anita Morris, Bridget...

Ten different directors select a different aria and have free rein to do anything that they want. The world of opera meets the medium of film with a w... Read more

Asterix in Britain (1986)

7.1/10
Starring: Asterix, Obelix, Zebigboss

It's 50 BC, and the Romans have just invaded British shores. The Brits, however, seem more interested in their daily cuppa than in fisticuffs. But one... Read more

Babette's Feast (1987)

7.8/10
Director: Gabriel Axel
Starring: Stephane Audran, Jean-Philippe Lafont, Jarl Kulle

Awarded the Best Foreign Language film of 1987 by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Stephane Audran is Babette, an exiled French cook-... Read more

Bad Taste (1987)

6.7/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Mike Minett, Pete O'Herne, Craig Smith, Terry Potter, Peter Jackson

This notorious debut feature film from Peter Jackson is packed with all the outrageous action, senseless violence and sick humour that has made it one... Read more

Cherry 2000 (1987)

5.4/10
Director: Steve De Jarnatt
Starring: Melanie Griffith, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr

In the future, romance is just a memory and love has been replaced by robotic sex toys.Of all these man-made playmates, none can compare to the Cherry... Read more

Crimewave (1985)

5.8/10
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Louise Lasser, Paul Smith, Brion James, Reed Birney

After his successful debut with 'The Evil Dead', director Sam Raimi pays tribute to slapstick comedy with this weird crime story set in Detroit. Co-wr... Read more

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984)

7.7/10
Director: George Stevens Jr
Starring: Fred Astaire, Warren Beatty, Katharine Hepburn, Jean Arthur, Montgomery Clift, J...

A remarkable documentary covering the career of the director of "Giant", "A Place in the Sun", "Woman of the Year", etc. The film ties together the ev... Read more

Ground Zero (1987)

6.6/10
Director: Michael Pattinson
Starring: Colin Friels, Jack Thompson, Donald Pleasence

Colin Friels stars as a cinematographer who unwittingly becomes involved in political intrigue when he searches for the truth about the death of his f... Read more

High Tide (1987)

7.2/10
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Starring: Judy Davis, Jan Adele, Claudia Karvan, Colin Friels

In an AFI Award winning performance, Judy Davis plays Lilli, a back-up singer for an Elvis impersonator. When she is fired from the tour in a NSW Sout... Read more

House of Games (1987)

7.3/10
Director: David Mamet
Starring: Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Mike Nussbaum

Playright David Mamet's directorial film debut is this superbly crafted story about an uptight psychiatrist (Lindsay Crouse) who goes thrill-seeking w... Read more