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05 AUGUST 2012

Jane Campion: A Girl's Own Story (short film)

"Jane Campion has been a dominant force in world cinema for nearly two decades. Shot delicately in black–and–white, A Girl's Own Story is an early short film that traces the stories of three suburban teenage girls (Pam, Gloria and Stella) in 1960's Australia. It deals with the difficulties of burgeoning sexuality, incest, friendship and family against the backdrop of Beatlemania and an era that valued the isolating notions of purity and wholesomeness over honesty and acceptance."

(Anton de Lonno 11 July 2010, Senses of Cinema)

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1960s1984 • A Girls Own Story • An Angel at My Table (film) • AustraliaAustralian cinemaAustralian short filmauteur • Beatlemania • black and whiteboys • burgeoning sexuality • chiaroscurocold • Cut (film) • David Lynchdesiredoll play • eery • effigyexpressionistic • expressionistic conventions • familyfemale sexualityfemininityfriendship • Gabrielle Shornegg • gender performance culture • Geraldine Haywood • haunting moment • honesty and acceptance • humour • I Feel the Cold • ice-skating • incest • Ingmar Bergman • inky suburban subconscious • intimate sexualityisolationJane Campion • lustful embrace • Marina Knight • New Zealand filmmakerparentspathos • Peter Weir • Piano (film) • puritySenses of Cinema (journal)sexual agencyshort filmsuburbanteenage girls • tenderness • The Beatles • The Portrait of a Lady (film) • wholesomeness • world cinema

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Simon Perkins
24 JANUARY 2011

Norman McLaren's Neighbours is a prototypical pixilation film

"Norman McLaren is [one of] the most influential animator in the history of the art of animation. Over many years of constant groundbreaking research and experimentation he has created a coherent and extraordinary body of work with a unique inventiveness. This is best exemplified by his most important film, the anti–war parable Neighbours."

(United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 1995 – 2010)

Fig.1 Norman McLaren (1952). 'Neighbours', National Film Board of Canada.

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1952animationCanadachoreographyconflictethics • Grant Munro • hover • Jean Paul Ladouceur • metaphormoral talemotionmovementnarrativeNational Film Board of CanadaNeighboursNorman McLarenpixilationshort filmsocietystop framesuburbanvisual communicationvisual depiction

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
27 NOVEMBER 2009

Kitchen Sink: suburban domestic horror short film

"Disturbing horror film. A woman is cleaning her kitchen sink. Just when she thinks it is spotless, she notices what appears to be a strand of hair near the drain. As she pulls on it, she realizes it is coming out of the drain…and is very long. Nominated for Golden Palm. Written & Directed by Alison Maclean / New Zeland / 1989 Produced by Bridget Ikin Starring: Theresa Healey, Peter Tait & Annagretta Christian"

(a Chick, flicksbychicks.com)

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198935mm • Alison Maclean • Annagretta Christian • Aotearoa New ZealandAustralasiabody hair • Bridget Ikin • Canadachild birthcinemaclaustrophobiacleanlinessdomesticdomestic horrorfear of the abjectgendergender roleshairhorrorhorror film • Kitchen Sink (1989) • kiwi short filmslanugo • maternity • mothermotherhoodNew Zealand cinemaNZ Film Archive • Peter Tait • psychological framingpsychological horrorshort film • sink • suburbanThe Coming of Age of The New Zealand Short Film • Theresa Healey

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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