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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT DOCO IS BLOODY FUNNY
'Not Quite Hollywood' is all the things that Australian movies of today aren't: Fast paced, energetic and hilariously entertaining. This terrific film serves as a Valentine to the halcyon days of Aussie genre movies. Even if some of the films weren't that great, the stories about them by the people who made them are often riotously funny. And it serves up two unsung...
Published on 29 Jan 2009 by Dr H.Alloy

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3.0 out of 5 stars "If you can't satirise yourself, you have no identity"
There was something of a cultural revolution during the late sixties in Australia. As the Sydney Opera House became a proud member of the Australian landscape there was an interest in promoting the Australian film industry by politicians and "if you could show a hint of creative ability ...you were lavishly funded". Low budget and sex obsessed comedy titles led to the...
Published on 3 Jun 2011 by @GeekZilla9000


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT DOCO IS BLOODY FUNNY, 29 Jan 2009
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'Not Quite Hollywood' is all the things that Australian movies of today aren't: Fast paced, energetic and hilariously entertaining. This terrific film serves as a Valentine to the halcyon days of Aussie genre movies. Even if some of the films weren't that great, the stories about them by the people who made them are often riotously funny. And it serves up two unsung heroes of the Australian film industry in director Brian Trenchard-Smith and superhumanly tough stunt man Grant Page. The anecdotes fly thick and fast about a more free wheeling time in Australian movies when men were men, women were women, giant pigs threatened the box office and political correctness didn't exist. It's a roaring good time, fuelled by the memories of the main players on both sides of the camera.

It's also a slap in the face to the ghastly, inbred navel gazing films that are mainly the hellspawn offspring of the government teat today. These anti audience abominations are all Oz seems interested in producing (with a few notable exceptions). Part social realism, part cultural relevence (whatever the Hell that might be) and all complete tripe that can only be enjoyed by people who store their eye's in the same glass they put their teeth at night.

'Not Quite Hollywood' is something of a retrospective vaccine to all that. In fact it's transcendantly good. You don't have to be particularly interested in the subject matter to have a great time watching people having a great time making some great (and not so great) movies.

Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This review is rated N.P.A., 26 July 2009
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Not Quite Hollywood is a facinating and entertaining documentary into the early days of Australian genre cinema that covers, raunchy comedies, horror, action etc.
Any genre fan should snap this up right away as it is not only a great trip down memory lane with films like Harlequin, Razorback, Mad Max, Turkey Shoot, Patrick...BMX Bandits etc. There was also a whole bunch of movies I'd never seen before and will now find myself tracking down.
The interviews are informative and funny, especially Quentin Tarantino, is there anything this man doesn't know about genre cinema?
So, not only is this an informative and often funny look at Australian cinema when men were men and giant pigs, slow moving animatronic crocodiles and marsupial werewolves made us part with our cash, where else will you see nuns on fire, ice cream vans of death and a man fight a kangaroo?
Just be warned, if you buy this you will most likely find yourself parting with more cash as you also start tracking down these great (and not so great) slices of Australian cinema.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "If you can't satirise yourself, you have no identity", 3 Jun 2011
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There was something of a cultural revolution during the late sixties in Australia. As the Sydney Opera House became a proud member of the Australian landscape there was an interest in promoting the Australian film industry by politicians and "if you could show a hint of creative ability ...you were lavishly funded". Low budget and sex obsessed comedy titles led to the creation of an "R" rating certificate - and the floodgates opened! Ozploitation films were churned out and gained cult popularity outside of Australia where the unique essence of Oz was something different to what had previously been available, what seemed familiar to Australians was exotic to the rest of us.

Not everyone loved the constant barrage of nudity however, and there was a backlash among those who felt that the smutty films were indicative of the inevitable decline of society. The inclusion of boobs and bums practically guaranteed a commercial success and the boundaries were constantly pushed, while some argued that girls were being exploited there were others who celebrated the demystification of the female body. But as is pointed out in this documentary film, without the vulgar films there was no Autralian film industry, and it was a launchpad which led to creative genre films being produced - the Australian horror boom was born.

This documentary offers clips from classic antipodean titles and plenty of talking head's opinions. Quentin Tarantino gives an American perspective, he's obviously a big fan of the Australian genre film boom and speaks enthusiastically about cool sequences which he went on to give nods to in his own work. There was a conscious effort by some film makers to cater specifically for the American market and Tarantino is a perfect example of a consumer who loved the Australian horrors which were constantly trying to outdo what had come before upped the levels of guts, gore, and violence.

Although Tarantino is given plenty of screen time, big names from the Aussie film scene are here too to reflect on their movie heritage. There are titan's of the Ozploitation scene such as Brian Trenchard-Smith whose horror flicks have been lambasted over the years but are now seen as essential titles for any cult collection. The film does lack any real exploration of genre films and instead is more of a celebration where those involved look back fondly over the time.

In a nutshell: Underneath the mainstream cinematic offerings from Australia which often act as tourism adverts (many of which are actually very good) dwell an undercurrent of genre films which are low on budget but big on creativity and they aren't shy when it comes to showcases
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny look at Oz mozies, 19 Sep 2009
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Not quite Hollywood is a funny look at Oz movies through the years, it's action (and boob) packed, with interesting interviews. the action is fast and fun. Must be watched with a cold beer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Hollywood, 14 April 2009
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This feature length documentary about the Australian exploitation film industry in the 70's and 80's is an absolute blast and undoubtedly the best documentary ever made about cinema.

Extremely well made and featuring tons of interviews with Aussie film luminaries and some jaw dropping clips from the films themselves.

The only real downside is that many of the films shown are currently unavailable on DVD which is a crying shame as you will be clamouring to see quite a few of these babies on the strength of the clips alone.

Don't be put off by the fact that it's a documentary,or even that it's subject matter is obscure Australian exploitation movies.This film is pure 100% fun and well worth investigating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 1 Jan 2013
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The film arrived in sealed packaging and 5 days before the minimum arrival date. I had already seen the documentary twice on FILM 4 so I knew what I going to see, but that is the reason I ordered it in the first place. It is one of the best documentaries on any subject.......ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tits and more tits, 6 Nov 2013
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Pretty cool, and full of interesting facts from the movies back then with no health and safety. No Gci . Just full out crazyness ..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gday cobbers., 17 Jun 2013
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Interesting documentary style film, and very funny in places. A must for anybody interested in film production and stunt work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ripper!, 3 Jun 2013
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One of the great film documentaries. A real treat for movie lovers and a must for fans of Aussie film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Hollywood, 17 Mar 2013
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One of the best documentaries about film I have ever seen. Once you have watch it once you will be ordering the dvd's in no time. This documentary tells the story of Australian Genre cinema from sex comides to blood and violence to it's inevitable death and modern rebirth. this is a must for anyone who wants to know about cinema and other great B-movie genre films with a sense of humor all of it's own.
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