When you think of international cinema, the first image that probably comes to mind is of a half-naked Japanese woman breastfeeding her husband and teenage daughter. No? Just me? Hmm. Well anyway, what you probably don’t think of is the cinematic output of Australia.
Yes, Australia. Go ahead, how many Australian films can you name off the top of your head… not including the too obvious Mad Max trilogy. Razorback? Road Games? The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert? Point is, probably not too many. There was a time though that Australia churned out B-movie classics on a weekly basis. Films filled with sex, nudity, violence, action, and gore were staples in drive-ins across the country, and some of them eventually found their way to the US via late night cable and VHS.
Most of these films were never seen here in America, many for good reason, but there’s no denying the sheer entertainment value they provide. A new documentary, Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of OZploitation, was recently released in Australia and is currently touring the festival circuit across the US. It’s filled with film clips and new interviews with the people behind the mayhem of Australian cinema of the 70’s and 80’s. Yes, they also interview Quentin Tarantino, but his giant head only occupies a small portion of the running time. The ingenuity, enthusiasm, and bravado (not to mention the boobies, stunts, pubes, and gore) on display in this trailer may just make you want to seek out some of these “classics” on DVD. (If you do, I recommend starting with Colin Eggleston’s Long Weekend, “Their crime was against nature, and nature found them guilty.”) And yes, this trailer is NSFW.
Find out more at NotQuiteHollywood.com.au