The opening night film of this year's upcoming Melbourne International Film Festival (previously discussed here) is going to a MIFF-financed documentary called Not Quite Hollywood, which charts this near-extinct genre. A genre that revelled in extreme violence, nudity, bad language and absurdly over-the-top ockerisms. Cars, Tits and Explosions, essentially.
I hope to be able to catch a screening of it at MIFF, perhaps alongside Brian Trenchard-Smith's amazing Dead End Drive-In, which is also screening as part of a "Focus on Ozploitation" sidebar at the festival. However, I was taking a look at the film's IMDb profile and was quite astounded at the number of recognisable names that first time feature director Mark Hartley has assembled for his film.
Jamie Lee Curtis
That's a daaaamn impressive list they got there. I'm sure many of you not familiar with Australian cinema won't recognise many of those names (and it's the Aussie actor John Waters, not the American director), but most of them are significant names in our industries history. Interesting bit of note, this was the last film Richard Franklin (he of Patrick, Roadgames and Psycho II fame) worked on before his death in July last year. Although, who knows really? It could just be old footage they located. It'll be fascinating, no doubt, either way.
You can watch the trailer below. And speaking of Quentin Tarantino, if you notice during the trailer at 0:25 there is a shot that probably helped spark QT's inspiration for Death Proof's climactic car chase.