Sunday, October 4, 2009


Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!”

NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD loft2 .JPGIf you loved “Dead Snow,” do not hesitate a single *#@!ing minute. Rush your frozen zombie heels over to the Loft Cinema to see “Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!” This documentary tribute to the history of Australian genre filmmaking is a bubbling brew with a foamy head, an absolute beverage of choice full of sex, gore, violence, nudity, adolescent attitude and a nose-thumbing celebration of political incorrectness.

What’s not to like?

With Quentin Tarantino serving as an enthusiastic, if often annoying host, “Not Quite Hollywood” is a wood chipper full of highlight clips nipped from the peaks of nudie pics, slasher flicks and two lane road kill – interspersed with wry comments from presumed influential figures of the Australian film world making sometimes hilarious, often self-deprecating and always entertaining comments.

Clearly there is much more to the land of cinema down under than “Picture at Hanging Rock,” “The Piano Lesson” and all that bunch. While the picture is divided into the three aforementioned sections, convenient when watching DVD rentals, first see “Not Quite Hollywood” on the big screen to get the full sound and visual effect of a documentary with rock ’n’ roll energy that takes childish delight in overloading the senses.

Just like with any good amusement park ride, your first response will be to stay on and go for a re-ride.

There are also some redeeming social values here (should you be interested). Australia’s heritage as a displaced European country quickly comes to the surface. The nation’s young people heartily embraced the revolutionary spirit of the 1960s, chasing the government’s film censorship office out of business.

Tired of that sourpuss attitude and determined to prove the filmmakers could be as cheeky as the Brits, all manner of naughty movies were made. This unbridled spirit quickly spread to pulverized bloody parts, outrageous amounts of vomit and exploding automobiles, with Australia’s drive-in movie audience eager to devour every outrageous scene.


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