Cinema: Up from Down Under

A festival shows off the skills of Aussie film makers

In The Devil's Playground, an adolescent boy is shaped by his need to rebel against an emotionally repressive, provincial Catholic seminary. In The Last Wave, a middle-class lawyer is afflicted by sleep-splitting precognitive visions of approaching apocalypse. In Caddie, a young mother leaves her philandering husband and struggles to keep herself and her children alive as she descends into a Dickensian lower-class world. In The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, a 19th century black man is finally maddened by the mindless cruelty and patronization of the...

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