Not Quite Hollywood
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films. Join QUENTIN TARANTINO, JAMIE LEE CURTIS, DENNIS HOPPER and many others as they take you on an irreverent journey through the 70 s and 80 s, an era when Australian cinema got its gear off and showed the world a full-frontal explosion of sex, violence, horror and foot-to-the floor action.
- Commentary with Director Mark Hartley and The Ozpoloitation Auteurs
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- Quentin Tarantino Interviews Brian Trenchard-Smith
- Audio Interview with Director Richard Franklin
- Funding Pitches from Quentin Tarantino and John D. Lamond
- Photo Gallery
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This low budget exploitation films kick started the career of Mel Gibson as well as a slew of apocalyptic visions on film that involved car chases in rusted out, souped up, turbo charged vehicles. A world where marauding packs of gun toting savages ruled the streets until the hero came along.
But there was more to films coming from Australia than these. And the recent release NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD celebrates those films as well as informs viewers of gems they might have missed. Comprised of clips and interviews, this well rounded documentary gives us examples of everything from sexploitation films to the already mentioned road chase flicks.
The DVD begins in the seventies when the restraints of censorship were somewhat lifted and there was an influx of films that were bawdy but harmless in the long run. Think back to films like CANDY STRIPE NURSES and STUDENT TEACHERS and you get the picture. Films that were the mainstay for many drive-ins across this country were sprouting up in Australia with a decidedly Aussie flavor.
But the rest of the world began to pick up on these gems as well. Exploitation films had arrived and were re-dubbed ozploitation. Films like ALVIN PURPLE that told the tale of a young man who women found irresistible, who all wanted to bed, started as far back as 1973. The film was so successful that it spawned a sequel. And many more films featuring over exposed men and women followed.
But it wasn't just sex that sold. There were monsters and gore films as well.Read more ›
Special Features: Commentary with Director Mark Hartley and The Ozploitation Auteurs, Deleted and Extended Scenes, Quentin Tarantino Interviews Brian Trenchard-Smith, Audio Interview with Director Richard Franklin, Funding Pitches from Quentin Tarantino and John D. Lamond, Photo Gallery
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Unfortunately since the 150% tax deduction was killed films are now funded by Australian Governments through film boards and the vast majority is absolute unentertaining crap. There are some notable exceptions.
This is an insight into the wild old days, road chases filmed at 100 mile an hour with no traffic permits or safety officers on set...
I can't stand most Hollywood productions either, people who like B grade films should find this entertaining. Film students should also buy it, forget the rubbish they teach you about formula plots and Sigmund Freud. If you aren't out to wow your audience, be entertaining and really have a red hot go, you shouldn't be in film.
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 stuntman 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 feral pigs threatened the box office - while vomiting on US 80's heartthrob Gregory Harrison- 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 like 'Kenny' and 'Wolf Creek'). 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- genre movies.
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Amateurish and annoying, especially when Barry Humphries stays in character while being interviewedPublished 26 days ago by Colin Priest
This movie explains why those crazy Aussies make such wild films, I love itPublished 3 months ago by The joker 308
A wonderfully fun love letter to genre films from down under. Highly recommend it.Published 10 months ago by Yvis A. Cannavale
A quick-hits love letter to “Ozploitation” films, the stampede of cruddy cut-rate B movies bred by the Australian cultural craze of the 70s and 80s. Read morePublished 12 months ago by drqshadow
Filmmaker Mark Hartley explores Australia's hidden genre in this documentary that casually casts aside "official" film history to celebrate the demented genius of director... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Adam Frazier
IT'S got yoko and the others in it.
it's called NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD and that's true enough---------
IT'S BETTER THAN THAT DISJOINT