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"If you can't satirise yourself, you have no identity",
This review is from: Not Quite Hollywood [DVD] (DVD)
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