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NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD

Director: Mark Hartley

AUSTRALIA/USA • 2008 • COLOUR • DOLBY DIGITAL • 103 MIN


We couldn’t help ourselves when it came to screening this knockabout documentary, a joyous celebration of the Australian exploitation cinema of the ’70s and ’80s, an unjustly forgotten cinematic era that was, as one wag puts it, ‘unashamedly packed with boobs, pubes and even a little kung fu.’ While movies like Picnic at Hanging Rock and My Brilliant Career put Australia on the global filmmaking map, ‘Ozploitation’ flicks like Razorback, The Long Weekend, Patrick, Mad Dog Morgan (starring a sozzled Dennis Hopper), Roadgames and the original Mad Max took no prisoners and rocked the Aussie box-office. This fast, furious and very funny portrait of the era mixes bonzer clips aplenty with an endless torrent of hilarious anecdotes from the key movers and shakers. There’s even astute commentary from renowned academic Dr. Quentin Tarantino. Yes, mate, this is a festival highlight.

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