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FACT IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN FICTION FACT IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN FICTION
Four new major movies are based on real events, ranging from an episode in the history of Australian Aborigines’ Stolen Generation, through a decade in the life of world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, to a bitter battle in Somalia’s civil war in 1993, and the tragedy of Patrice Lumumba’s assasination in the newly independent Congo of 1960. They all demonstrate what little progress we have made as a species towards tolerance, argues Andrew L. Urban.
  FAHFANGOOLAH! INDEED
Michael Winkler’s self published book, Fahfangoolah!, is subtitled ‘The despised and indispensible Welcome to Woop Woop’ – perhaps it should also carry a warning slash: ‘Beware – minefield!’ Andrew L. Urban throws caution to the cinematic wind and steps inside.
FAMILY CRACKERS: HOW CRACKERS IS YOUR FAMILY CHRISTMAS? FAMILY CRACKERS: HOW CRACKERS IS YOUR FAMILY CHRISTMAS?
The 71 year old Warren Mitchell and the 13 year old Daniel Kellie co-star in Family Crackers, the new grown up comedy shooting in Melbourne, where Andrew L. Urban attends a chaotic dinner on set.
  FAVOURITE FILMS OF 2005
We have published reviews of 283 films which were released in Australian cinemas this calendar year, ranging from arthouse to farthouse; here – after a robust discussion between the editors - is our (alphabetical) list of the 40 favourites - and our 10 least favourites [see right hand column].
  FCCA - FILM CRITICS CIRCLE OF AUSTRALIA AWARDS 2012 - WINNERS
Wish You Were Here is the big winner this year, taking home five awards, including Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Editing, announced at the 2012 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards at Paddington RSL on Tuesday March 19, 2013.
FCCA AWARDS 2002 - NOMINATIONS FCCA AWARDS 2002 - NOMINATIONS
David Caesar’s engrossing story of a singular young man’s sudden return to his country town, Mullet, has evidently stunned Australian film critics, earning six nominations including Best Film, in the awards presented by Film Critics Circle of Australia.
FCCA AWARDS 2002 - WINNERS FCCA AWARDS 2002 - WINNERS
Loved or hated, film critics play a role as one interface between filmmakers and the audience. This year’s Film Critics Circle Awards reflect the high standard of Australian filmmaking evident in films released in 2001: every nominee deserves to be a winner, says Andrew L. Urban, from the presentation ceremony (22/2/2002).
  FCCA AWARDS 2004 NOMINATIONS
Young people, old people, new people, lost people – and finished people: this year’s batch of nominees for Best Film awarded by the Film Critics Circle of Australia shows there were at least four excellent feature films released in the past 12 months. (Pic, The Finished People)
  FCCA AWARDS 2004 WINNERS
While Somersault continued its winning streak at the Film Critics Circle Awards, Tom White also won some major awards, including Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Actor.
  FCCA AWARDS 2006 - WINNERS
Film critics award Ten Canoes and Jindabyne, and Kenny’s Shane Jaconson gets Best Actor nod.
FCCA AWARDS 2007 - NOMINATIONS FCCA AWARDS 2007 – NOMINATIONS
Happy Feet won George Miller the AFI’s Global Achievement Award and the film took out the IF’s Box Office Award with its $31 million takings (not to mention an Oscar and a BAFTA for Best Animated Feature) but Australian film critics have not found any aspect of the film outstanding enough for a nomination or a special mention, reports Andrew L. Urban.
  FCCA AWARDS 2007 – WINNERS
With six awards, Noise was the biggest winner in last week’s Film Critics Circle of Australia awards for films released in 2007 – the first time in years that the FCCA has held its awards after the end of the calendar year.
  FCCA AWARDS 2008 - NOMINATIONS
Considering the mixed reviews it received, the public may be surprised to see Baz Luhrmann’s Australia nominated in the Best Film category of the Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) awards – but not Baz. And in a radical change, this year’s awards have expanded the documentary section to three categories, two of them (feature length and short) selected by a special jury.
  FCCA AWARDS 2009 – WINNERS
The Black Balloon and Unfinished Sky were both recognised by the critics at the 2009 FCCA Awards, presented on Friday February 13 at Greater Union Cinemas at Bondi Junction, Sydney.
  FCCA AWARDS 2011 - WINNERS
Animal Kingdom dominated the 2011 FCCA Awards, winning 6 awards, for best film, director, screenplay, best actor in a leading role, best actress in a leading role and best supporting actor. Hosted by ABC’s Rod Quinn at North Sydney Leagues Club, the awards were attended by around 200 guests and included presenters Tony Delroy, Amanda Muggleton, Alice Ansara, Anna-Maria Monticelli and Steve Jacobs.
  FCCA AWARDS 2011 – NOMINEES (FILM CRITICS CIRCLE OF AUSTRALIA AWARDS)
Big films and small feature in this year’s nominations for the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards
  FCCA AWARDS 2012 (2011 RELEASES) - WINNERS
The Sydney based Film Critics Circle has (belatedly) completed this year’s movie awards season (for last year’s releases) with its gongs for Australian features, voting Snowtown Best Film.
  FCCA AWARDS 2015 - THE NIGHT IN PICTURES
  FCCA AWARDS 2015 – WINNERS
Tributes to TV film critic icons David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz plus tributes to film critics in general from Russell Crowe were among the highlights of the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards presented at Paddington RSL club in Sydney on Tuesday this week (March 10, 2015) where Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country was the winner of the Best Film Award.
  FCCA AWARDS NOMINATIONS – FILMS OF 2014
Leading with nine nominations is The Water Diviner, followed by The Babadook and Predestination both with eight. Five nominations have been awarded to Charlie’s Country, Felony, The Rover and Tracks.
  FEEDING FRENZY - MAN AND FISH IN PERIL
There’s a lot more to what we eat than what we see in our shops, and two new investigative documentaries opening within a week of each other in May deliver shocking insights into the hidden worlds of food manufacture (Food Inc, May 20) and commercial fishing (The End of the Line, May 13). Andrew L. Urban reports.
FEELING SEXY - ON LOCATION FEELING SEXY - ON LOCATION
ANDREW L. URBAN visits the set of Feeling Sexy, where artist Davida Allen is making her first, nerve wrecking foray into filmmaking – with some helpers on hand.
FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING - FELLOW-TALK FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING – FELLOW-TALK
Richard Taylor is no mere backroom boy - he’s the driving force behind the physicality of Middle-earth; the Hobbits are central to the story and its spirit; Hugo Weaving is Elrond, the elf lord who wanted the Ring destroyed; Barrie M. Osborne is the midwife producer: making The Lord of the Rings required more reality than fantasy and the making of Middle-Earth artefacts, not mere props, they tell Andrew L. Urban.
  FESTIVAL FILMS TO OWN – VIA BROADBAND
Broadband users can collect independently made, festival-selected films at a fair and reasonable price (US$0.99 for shorts, US$5.99 for features); download shorts, features and documentaries that have been screened at festivals around the world but often are never seen again. Urban Cinefile and Canada’s CineClix.com have forged an agreement to make it easy for internet users to own their own collection of quality independent productions – including Australian films. Here is a selection to whet your appetite; to explore the ever expanding range of films available, visit CineClix

News Flash: Aussie CineFest an ever expanding section featuring a selection of Australian films.
FESTIVALS IN QUESTION FESTIVALS IN QUESTION
Now that all three major capital city film festivals are over for another year, a new debate is emerging: what’s the function of a film festival as arthouse films are becoming more and more popular? Are these festivals just advance previews of films that are lining up for commercial release? ANDREW L. URBAN enters the debate.
FIFTH ELEMENT (THE) : DOOR BETWEEN DIMENSIONS FIFTH ELEMENT (THE) : DOOR BETWEEN DIMENSIONS

Selected as the opening film for the prestigious 50th Annual Cannes Film Festival, The Fifth Element opened in Australia on May 15, 1997. Louise Keller compiles background data on how the film got made.

FIGHT CLUB FIGHT CLUB
Brad Pitt and Edward Norton star in Fight Club, David Fincher’s new movie. Like Fincher’s previous film, Seven (in which Pitt also starred), it’s not easy viewing, but it’s already being labelled a masterpiece. Pitt expects it to be 'hammered' for immorality, he tells our UK correspondent NICK RODDICK. But there's more to it than that; like, how hard is it to be a man today.
  FILL THE VOID – FEATURED PREVIEW
Fill the Void tells the story of an Orthodox Hassidic family from Tel Aviv. Eighteen-year-old Shira is the youngest daughter of the family. She is about to be married off to a promising young man of the same age and background. It is a dream-come-true, and Shira feels prepared and excited
FILM & MUSIC - A FUSION FOR THE SENSES FILM & MUSIC – A FUSION FOR THE SENSES
A unique new course (six Tuesdays, August 23 – September 27) aimed at the general public (as well as filmmakers) on film music will feature some of Australia’s leading composers: (in appearance order) David Hirschfelder, Lisa Gerrard, Christopher Gordon, Burkhard Dallwitz, Nerida Tyson-Chew and Guy Gross.
FILM CRITICS AWARDS 1999 FILM CRITICS AWARDS 1999
Sydney - midnight, Friday February 12, 1999: Renowned Australian filmmaker Peter Weir’s The Truman Show was voted Best Foreign Film (English language) and The Boys edged out Head On in this year’s Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards for the Best Film award.
FILM CRITICS AWARDS 2000: WINNERS & NOMINEES FILM CRITICS AWARDS 2000: WINNERS & NOMINEES
There are peer group awards (The Academy Awards, BAFTA, etc), there are popular awards (The People's Choice) and there are critics' awards - perhaps the most interesting of them all, since a) critics see more films - and look more closely - than anyone else, b) are not confused by personal loyalties as peers may be, and c) declare their opinions on films in public. (Two Hands, pic)
FILM CRITICS AWARDS 2003 - NOMINATIONS FILM CRITICS AWARDS 2003 - NOMINATIONS
With gloom and doom ringing in our ears about the doldrums of the Australian film industry, it is heartening to realise that the year has had some notable artistic successes, as demonstrated by the first of the year’s movie award nominations – the professional film critics of Australia, who will present their awards on October 31, in Sydney. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  FILM CRITICS AWARDS 2003 - WINNERS
With five major awards from Australia’s professional film critics this week, Japanese Story is emerging as the year’s locally made movie success story, with not just critical acclaim but commercial success, having taken over $2.5 million in five weeks and still at No 10, reports Andrew L. Urban.
FILM CRITICS AWARDS FOR 2002 - NOMINATIONS FILM CRITICS AWARDS FOR 2002 - NOMINATIONS
In the first nominations of the 2002 film awards season, the FCCA (Film Critics Circle of Australia) has signaled the recognition of films with Aboriginal themes with three of the Best Film nominees – and the nomination of Aboriginal filmmaker Ivan Sen for the Best Director award.
FILM CRITICS AWARDS FOR 2002 - WINNERS FILM CRITICS AWARDS FOR 2002 - WINNERS
Australian filmmakers can rest assured that even if their films are sometimes dissed by the public, the country’s professional film critics are quick to recognise works of lasting value, as this year’s FCCA awards demonstrate, reports Andrew L. Urban.
FILM CRITICS AWARDS, FEB 1998 FILM CRITICS AWARDS, FEB 1998
Bill Bennett won the prize he most wanted at this year's Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards - the one for Best Original Screenplay, for his thriller, Kiss or Kill, which won four other awards, including Best Film.
FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2001: NOMINATIONS FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2001: NOMINATIONS
With eight nominations each, Chopper and The Dish lead the field in the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, to be presented in February, followed by Looking for Alibrandi with seven nominations. All three are Best Film nominees, as is Innocence, which has a total of five.
FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2001: WINNERS FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2001: WINNERS
Sydney movie critics hosted their annual awards presentation at the trendy Dockside in Darling Harbour last night (9/2/2001), handing top honours to Chopper, with a generous and wide ranging award ceremony that also recognised films like Innocence, Looking for Alibrandi and The Dish. Hosted by newly elected Critics Circle President Margaret Pomeranz and radio jock James Valentine as the MC, the event was 'a critical and popular success'.
  FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2006 – NOMINEES
With eight nominations each, Jindabyne and Candy are this year’s critics’ favourites, closely followed by Ten Canoes, The Book of Revelation and Last Train to Freo with five each. And Kenny has three, but that includes Best Film.
  FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2014 - NOMINEES
The only category for which it is eligible in which The Great Gatsby is not nominated is Best Actress, in this year’s Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, but it has two nominations in the best Supporting Actress category – and Hugo Weaving is nominated as Best Supporting Actor for both Mystery Road and The Turning.
  FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2014 - WINNERS
Mystery Road and The Rocket shared the Best Film Awards at the 2014 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards this week. The Great Gatsby won the most awards (4 categories) followed by The Rocket and Mystery Road with 3 and The Turning with 2.
  FILM CRITICS CIRCLE OF AUSTRALIA AWARDS - NOMINATIONS 2005
Little Fish, directed by Rowan Woods, dominates this year’s Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards with a total of eleven nominations, while Sarah Watt’s Look Both Ways picked up eight nominations in the categories of Best Film, Director, Actress in a Lead Role, Supporting Actress, Actor in a Lead Role, Original Screenplay, Composer and Editor. The Proposition has six.
  FILM CRITICS CIRCLE OF AUSTRALIA AWARDS 2005 - WINNERS
Look Both Ways has collected five of the top awards from the film critics, including Best Film, while Hugo Weaving has been voted Best Support Actor for his role in Little Fish – despite being nominated in the Best Actor category in both the AFI and IF Awards. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  FILM CRITICS CIRCLE OF AUSTRALIA AWARDS 2016
Mad Max: Fury Road impressed the critics, who voted it Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and joint Best Production Design (with Holding the Man).
  FILM FESTIVAL FETISH - 2012
With the approach of the 2012 Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Dungog film festivals, not to mention the annual French, Italian, Israeli, Spanish, German, Canadian, Serbian, Bollywood and Mexican film festivals in Australia, following the world’s biggest short film fests in Flickerfest and Tropfest, the recent Mardi Gras and World of Women fests, the Silent FF and Message Sticks among several others... we might be reaching film festival saturation. But – and Cannes is coming in May - so is the rest of the world. By Andrew L. Urban.
  FILM FESTIVALS - THE BIG SIX
As Sundance, the first of the world’s six major film festivals begins this week, Andrew L. Urban takes a snapshot of these vital platforms for new and somehow special cinema each year
FILM, TV, NEW MEDIA 2000 - THE EVENT FILM, TV, NEW MEDIA 2000 - THE EVENT
Film, TV, New Media, Broadcast - if you are in any of these industries, you will want to tune in and drop in to at least one of the conferences at Sydney's Convention Centre, between February 9 and 11. Drop our name and get a 25% discount - or winone of 10 passes; competition closes February 2, 2000.
  FILMINK AWARDS 2006 - WINNERS
Crash was voted Best Film and Bewitched Worst Film, in Filmink Magazine’s first publicly accessible awards presentation at Sydney’s State Theatre on Wednesday May 3, 2006, with Wolf Creek taking home the awards for Best Australian Film as well as Best Movie to Ruffle Feathers.
  FILMMAKERS STUDIO - EXCLUSIVE CLIPS 7/9/2006
Writer/producer/director Robert Connolly will be Andrew L. Urban’s guest at this month’s Filmmaker’s Studio at Sydney’s Metro Screen (7pm, Sept. 21, $20), where he will show the first clips to be seen in public from his latest production – and actor Richard Roxburgh’s directing debut – Romulus, My Father, starring Eric Bana, Franka Potente and Marton Csokas. (Bookings: 02 9361 5318 or metro@metroscreen.org.au)
  FILMS OF THE 2000 GENERATION
The 2000s was a great era for film, and many movies released in the early years of the millennium are still incredibly popular today. Films including The Departed, The Lord of the Rings series and Finding Nemo were all released in an eclectic period that saw distinct changes in film across a number of genres. There was an increased realism in sport films, a swing towards American humour in comedies and a rise in the number of movies based on real life events. Even more recently, there has been another swing in the style of movies and the way that they continue to keep the viewer engaged.
FILMS THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD - NOW ON TV FILMS THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD – NOW ON TV
Provocative and challenging but cinematically valuable, the daring and unique week of banned films on World Movies this month will give you the audience a chance to see what the censors didn’t want you to.
FILMS THE ACADEMY IGNORED - AND WHY FILMS THE ACADEMY IGNORED - AND WHY
Oscar is in danger of becoming irrelevant argues ANDREW L. URBAN, by failing to keep up with the cinematic times.
FILMS WE LIKE FILMS WE LIKE
An appreciation of Woody Allen's DECONSTRUCTING HARRY - By Hunter Cordaiy, just because he likes it.
FINAL FANTASY FINAL FANTASY
Innovative use of various camera angles, lighting and special effects on the action scenes were all vital to the creation of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. “But most important, we were able to create a computer-generated human character. That’s the CG artist’s dream,” says the film’s creator, Hironobu Sakaguchi.
FINDING FORRESTER FINDING FORRESTER
Screenplay writer Mark Rich, explains how Sean Connery's involvement at script stage meant his work had only just begun; and Connery explains why he wanted to not only star in Finding Forrester, but also to produce it.
  FIRTH, COLIN - A SINGLE MAN
After dozens of acclaimed performances playing a variety of characters, Colin Firth is riding high on a Venice Best Actor award and an Oscar nomination for playing a gay college professor in A Single Man; what makes this role stand out, asks Andrew L. Urban.
  Five best and five worst Australian casino movies
The best ? The worst? Well, casino movies are a genre all their own.
  FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN - INSIDER BRIEFING
Inspired by a true story, Five Minutes of Heaven touches on the deepest aspects of human nature, the complex emotional and psychological storms of guilt, revenge, forgiveness and redemption. And it came about by chance.
  Five Unmissable Music Biopics
Music biopics are one of the more niche parts of the movie industry, largely because a poor imitation of a legendary artist is an almost guaranteed way to annoy an audience - a point that 1994’s Beatles film Backbeat, learned the hard way. Often dealing with the darker, more charismatic characters of the music world, this genre tends to lean on the dramatic side of things, a world apart from other musicals and music-related films and series like Glee and Grease.
  FLIGHT - FEATURED PREVIEW
Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane?
FOCUS ON FRANCE: ALAIN DUCASSE FOCUS ON FRANCE: ALAIN DUCASSE
Two terrific French films open this month – The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie (Dec 20); The Closet (Dec 26) - and the French tourist bureau is on the case, reminding us that fabulous films are just one of the things you can find in France. Food is another …. Andrew L. Urban reports (happily).
  FOG OF WAR - EAVESDROPPING ON DESTRUCTION
Robert S. McNamara was intimately involved in some of the key historical moments of the past half century. In The Fog of War, renowned documentary maker Errol Morris turns his camera on him - with startling results. Martin Donnelly reports.
  FORBIDDEN SIREN 2: THE GAME & THE MOVIE
A dark sky hangs over Sydney, clouds looming with the threat of rain. On the pier, a dozen strangers stand around, waiting for a mystery ride across the water. Then the party boards the water-craft, headed for an island - somewhere. As we approach our destination the earlier promise of rain is fulfilled, with a light drizzle falling, creating an eerie atmosphere – hauntingly appropriate, as we disembark on Cockatoo Island. Its history as a convict prison, and later, a shipyard, showing clearly this night. The darkness swallows all but the sounds of our footsteps us as we venture through a pitch-black tunnel and beyond, into a disused hanger to preview Sony's new Playstation 2 horror game, Forbidden Siren 2, which has now spawned a movie of the same name, plus an upcoming Hollywood franchise via Ghost House. Sebastian Urban reports.
  FOREIGN LANGUAGE OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2005
There are 49 films in line for five nominations and one Oscar in the Foreign language category, down from 55 last year, but still fiercely competitive – and including a Touch of Spice, currently playing in Australia. Among the better known directors in the list are Daniel Burman, Zhang Yimou, Lars von Trier, Bernd Eichinger, Bahman Ghobadi and Alejandro Amenabar.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE OSCARS 2001 FOREIGN LANGUAGE OSCARS 2001
Sweden’s fabulous entry is unlikely to get a nod, but Asia seems certain to be prominent in this year’s Foreign Language category of the Academy Awards, says Nick Roddick.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE OSCARS 2001: THE ODDS FOREIGN LANGUAGE OSCARS 2001: THE ODDS
Australians are famous for betting and it is in that spirit that we present Nick Roddick’s Oscar Odds table. But remember, the Academy Awards are not about ‘winners and losers’ as some callous jokesters have remarked; all the Nominees are winners in the sense of being selected as the best. And we’re betting that Ang Lee’s Wo hu zang long will win the Best Foreign Language Oscar…it’s hardly a long shot.
FOX BACKLOT - THE OPENING REPORT FOX BACKLOT - THE OPENING REPORT
Proven by the fact that some of the lesser VIP guests had to stand for lack of seats during the live show, the Fox Backlot opening night was a major attraction, enticing everyone from the Murdoch camp's opposite number Kerry Packer to writer David Williamson to attend. Urban Cinefile's Andrew L. Urban and Louise Keller were there, too, grabbing red carpet interviews for the WEBCAST effected through the technology of Fox Studios and Telstra.
FOX BACKLOT: PREVIEW OF GRAND OPENING FOX BACKLOT: PREVIEW OF GRAND OPENING
On Sunday November 7, 1999, Fox Studios Australia opens its Backlot to the public - a much heralded and often controversial project. It's a big night of big stars and a big show. If you're not on the guest list, see it on the Nine Network - or follow it through the Telstra webcast, where Andrew L. Urban conducts 'red carpet' interviews as the guests arrive - and also looks behind the scenes.
  FOX SPECIAL EDITION 2-DISC SETS
Alien? Moulin Rouge? Fight Club? Braveheart? Master & Commander? It may seem like just a marketing gimmick to ramp up sales of already released DVDs, but the release this month of 30 2-disc Special Edition titles is a great example of how far DVD has taken us into a more meaningful and repeatable movie experience, reports Andrew L. Urban
FOX STUDIOS: THE BACKLOT FOX STUDIOS: THE BACKLOT
Driven by the creative energies of some of Australia most adventurous and iconoclastic individuals, The Backlot at Fox Studios seems set to offer the definitive 'studio tour' - without the fakery and without the schmaltz: it's all a celebration of filmmaking, Australian style. ANDREW L. URBAN reports.
FOXTEL MOVIES - OCTOBER 1999 FOXTEL MOVIES - OCTOBER 1999
Here is our selection of movie reviews for Foxtel movie channels, a regular monthly feature for pay tv subscribers. (Pic, Titanic)
FOXTEL MOVIES - September 1999 FOXTEL MOVIES - September 1999
The Boxer is one of the major movies on Foxtel this month - here is our selection of that and other movie reviews for Foxtel movie channels, a regular monthly feature for pay tv subscribers.
FOXTEL MOVIES: August 1999 FOXTEL MOVIES: August 1999
Here is our selection of movie reviews on the Foxtel movie channels, a regular monthly feature for pay tv subscribers.(Pic, As Good As It Gets)
FOXTEL MOVIES: July 99 FOXTEL MOVIES: July 99
Welcome to the first of our regular features with reviews of a selection of movies on Foxtel. You will find links to interviews and other related stories on the review pages. If you’re an OPTUS subscriber, see our selection of reviews of movies on the Optus Channels.(Pic, Alien Resurrection)
FRANK CAPRA COLLECTION FRANK CAPRA COLLECTION
Frank Capra often made films that depict ordinary people caught up in the insensitive workings of ‘the system’ – whatever that system may have been. But he managed to make us laugh and feel good, without being cheesy. 
Here are some of his best works, out on video as a special library. (Pic: It Happened One Night)
  FRANKLIN, RICHARD – OBITUARY
Richard Franklin’s death was reported by Sandy George in The Australian; this is an edited version.
  FREE AS A DOG – AND FUNNIER
Veteran surf movie maker Jack McCoy premiered his latest film, Free As A Dog – A True Dog’s Tale, at Sydney’s State Theatre on January 2, 2006 to kick off the fifth annual Billabong Jack McCoy Surf Film Festival. Starring champion Australian surfer Joel Parkinson, it’s possibly not McCoy’s best film, but it is probably his funniest, reports Bruce Andrews.
FREE SPEECH SPEECH FREE SPEECH SPEECH
Milos Forman told Washington’s National Press Club exactly what he thought about free speech, censorship - and that ghastly Larry Flynt.
FRENCH FESTIVAL - CINEMATIC DIVERSITY FRENCH FESTIVAL - CINEMATIC DIVERSITY
Paul Fischer previews the 1999 French Film Festival, which offers discerning film goers a broad menu
  FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2006 – PREVIEW
This year’s French Film Festival is the biggest yet, and offers Australians a window to one of the world’s most robust film industries, with award winning, challenging and entertaining films, ranging from zinging romantic thrillers like Anthony Zimmer to gripping dramas like The Child.
  FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2007 - PREVIEW
The 18th edition of the French Film Festival tours Australia through March and April, offers laughter, drama and melancholy – and lots of great French stars.
  FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2008 – PREVIEW
Some of France’s leading filmmakers and actors are assembled in the 2008 programme curated for Alliance Francaise by Jean-Jacques Garnier, the biggest in the Festival’s 19-year history, with 38 films, 36 of which have never before screened in Australia, reports Andrew L. Urban, like Opening Night film, the appropriately titled, Paris.
  FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2009 - PREVIEW
Celebrating its 20th anniversary (already!) the Alliance Française French Film Festival has boosted its quantity and its ‘freshness’ with more new films and a broader program, ranging from the retro musical of the Opening Film, Paris 36 by Christophe Barratier through the farcical, Francis Veber’s A Pain in the Ass, to the dramatically revealing, JCVD, the surprise hit of Cannes 2008, with Jean Claude Van Damme in a bold, self-deprecating role – as himself.
  FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2010 – PREVIEW
The French have a reputation and a tradition unmatched in globally successful cinema, except perhaps by Hollywood, and the 21st Alliance Française French Film Festival gives Australians a chance to savour a selection of recent movies – more than ever before, with almost 40 features in the tasty program (supported, appropriately enough for a nation of food lovers, by Tefal the cookware giant). Andrew L. Urban samples the menu
  FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2011 – LAUNCH
Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu co-star in Francois Ozon’s Potiche, the opening night film of the 2011 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival – French cinematic royalty you could say – in a comedy set in the 70s. It launches a program of 46 films that slice across contempo French filmmaking. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2011 – PREVIEW
Offering snapshots of several figures from history, this year’s Alliance Francaise French Film Festival is diverse, bold and complex, reports Andrew L. Urban. (Pic. Potiche)
  FRENCH RENDEVOUZ IN JULY AT WORLD MOVIES
Throughout July, the World Movies Channel offers viewers a rendezvous with some of the brightest stars of French Cinema, including Romain Duris, Thierry L'hermitte, Daniel Auteil, Brigitte Bardot, Jean Dujardin and Jean Reno, in a mix of contemporary and classic movies – including The Young Girls of Rochefort, starring Catherine Deneuve.
FRESH AIR - ON LOCATION FRESH AIR – ON LOCATION
A handmade film uses Sydney streets, young actors and a cut and paste approach to approximate what its maker, Neil Mansfield, calls Zinema. ANDREW L. URBAN visited the set in a suburban location to catch some cinematic Fresh Air.
FRESH AIR ON THE BUSES FRESH AIR ON THE BUSES
Fresh Air, the fresh and inventive debut feature from Neil Mansfield, is a low budget film about three young people finding their way through life, set in Sydney. To help you get there – and in the spirit of the film’s own ethos – the producers are giving away FREE BUS PASSES as part of a Fresh Air Prize Pack. This low budget (but high value) package contains a 6-track sampler CD from the soundtrack, two ‘unlimited stops’ bus passes to get two of you there and back, a special edition ‘Zine plus a double pass to the film, screening from May, 1999 at the Dendy Newtown.
FROM HELL FROM HELL
In the autumn of 1888, an unnamed killer went on a 10-week murder spree which still fascinates us 124 years later. The Hughes brothers joined the ranks of the ‘Ripper-freaks’ when they were seven. Now they’ve put everything they know (including ‘Ripper-freak’ Johnny Depp) about Jack the Ripper into the aptly-titled From Hell. Eleanor Singer reports.
  FRONT UP
Andrew L. Urban talks about the show that took him from print journalism to television, without knowing a thing about the medium.
FRONT UP - END UP FRONT UP - END UP
The 6th series of Andrew L. Urban's award winning SBS television show, Front Up, on Tuesday nights at 7.30, will end on June 15, 1999. LOUISE KELLER reports.
  FRONT UP LETTERS
  FRONT UP REDUX
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
Front Up – never assume anything about anyone – was Andrew L. Urban’s groundbreaking prime time social documentary series on SBS TV in the 90s. Popular interest in the program has never waned, so Andrew is now bringing it back – online, for everyone to enjoy, using crowdsource funding to make it happen. You can help: visit the pitch at pozible

FRONT UP SERIES 8 FRONT UP SERIES 8
Front Up, a social documentary TV series that defies categorisation, continues in its eighth successful year, relying on nothing more than impromptu conversations conducted by Andrew L. Urban with people around Australia. Simple but far from simplistic, Front Up feeds the benign voyeur in us all.
FRONT UP: SERIES 7 FRONT UP: SERIES 7
What's the secret, people ask, why do people openly discuss their lives with you on national television? ANDREW L. URBAN, who thought up the idea and who talks to anyone he meets, answers the question.
  FUTUREMACHINE LAUNCHES WEB SERIES - WITH LOCK OF HAIR
Thefuturemachine is here: Andrew L. Urban reports on how Dirty Karma, a small team with a small budget but big imagination is working the digital space with comedy.





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