December 2001

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#Raising The Bar

BBFC director Robin Duval envisages a future where state censorship will no longer be necessary. Julian Petley asks some awkward questions.

#Sisters, Sex And Sitcom

The underage sex and voyeurism of Catherine Breillat's À ma soeur! promise to be as controversial as the SM of Romance. But what do the iconoclastic director's films offer women, asks Ginette Vincendeau. Plus Breillat talks to Nick James about sisterhood and fat girls.

Babes In Babylon

David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. weaves glam lesbian sleuths, Hollywood doo-wop starlets and limo-riding mobsters into an LA wish-fulfilment dream that suddenly crumbles into nightmare. Graham Fuller is in the psychiatrist's chair.

The Happy Teacher

Todd Solondz's Storytelling features pupil-teacher sex and a well-meaning film-maker whose hit movie is misread by its audience. Xan Brooks asks the director why he wants to go back to teaching.

Everything Has Changed

11 September transformed not only our reality, but also our imaginations. Director of The Believer Henry Bean offers a film-maker's immediate response to the tragedy and its images.

Urban Legends: Sydney

The 80s saw Australian cinema move from small-scale state-funded production to an internationally acclaimed industry. David Stratton recalls a decade whose films mixed the personal and the political.

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: Devil's Backbone, The

The Devil's Backbone combines history with horror for an uncanny take on the Spanish Civil War. By Paul Julian Smith

Reviews in this issue:

  • À ma soeur!
  • Animal, The
  • Apocalypse Now Redux
  • Bandits
  • Believer, The
  • Christmas Carol The Movie
  • Ciénaga, La
  • Film of the Month: Devil's Backbone, The
  • Driven
  • Esther Kahn
  • Eureka
  • Gabriel & Me
  • Ghost World
  • Ghosts of Mars
  • Glitter
  • Heist
  • Me without You
  • My Brother Tom
  • Original Sin
  • Rock Star
  • Storytelling
  • Strictly Sinatra
  • This Filthy Earth
  • Zoolander
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011