Not Quite Hollywood (2008)
The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!
Director: Mark Hartley
Starring: Phillip Adams, Christine Amor, Glory Annen, Victoria Anoux, Ian Barry, Briony Behets, Steve Bisley, Jamie Blanks, Graeme Blundell, Russell Boyd, Richard Brennan, Dan Burstall, Tom Burstall, Robin Copping, Barry Crocker, Lynette Curran, Jamie Lee Curtis, Cassandra Delaney, Everett De Roche, Ross Dimsey, David Eggby, Bob Ellis, Alan Finney, Richard Franklin, Belinda Giblin, Rebecca Gilling, Antony I. Ginnane, Deborah Gray, David Hannay, Sandy Harbutt, Gregory Harrison, Rod Hay, Carla Hoogeveen, Alan Hopgood, Dennis Hopper, John Michael Howson, Barry Humphries, John Jarratt, Barry Jones, Brian Jones, Stacy Keach, Ted Kotcheff, John D. Lamond, Nina Landis, George Lazenby, Chris Löfvén, Greg Lynch, William Margold, Ross Matthews, Donald McAlpine, Bob McCarron, Hal McElroy, Greg Mclean, George Miller, Vincent Monton, Philippe Mora, Judy Morris, Russell Mulcahy, Rod Mullinar, Grant Page, Susan Penhaligon, Steve Railsback, Candy Raymond, Cheryl Rixon, Joanne Samuel, Fred Schepisi, John Seale, Ken Shorter, Lynda Stoner, Quentin Tarantino, Henry Thomas, Jeremy Thomas, Jack Thompson, Sigrid Thornton, Brian Trenchard-Smith, James Wan, Garry Wapshott, Roger Ward, John Waters, Leigh Whannell, David Williamson, Tony Williams, Simon Wincer, Arna-Maria Winchester, Uri Windt, Norman Yemm, Susannah York
Just the amount of names on the cast and the people involved would be enough to tell you that is going to be something special, and it delivers in spades right from the highly colourful and funny title sequence with Rose Tattoo blasting out.
It is both a blessing and a curse to have so many people involved in the documentary. The pace is very quick, but a lot of the interviews tend to be reduced to sound-bite portions and then we move on to the next person. I would have occasionally liked to hear a bit more from some people.
There has been some criticism of the documentary being very male-heavy in the interviews, but I thought there were more than enough women interviewed. Even though they might be embarrassed appearing after a clip of them nude from the 70s is shown, they all still look wonderful.
There are a large amount of clips (from 89 different movies) and I thought they all work quite well. Some of them I had never seen before and a lot I remember from previews on VHS tapes from videos hired from the milk bar in the 1980s and on the $3 weeklies from the video store in the 90s.
As a way to promote Australian film making help gain more interest in the marketplace, this film succeeds quite well and quite a few titles have been re-released to coincide with this documentary. Hopefully not too many people try to do it at once as it would make the DVD sales drop if there is too much stuff out (I have seen it happen with the martial arts/Asian movie market.)
I am also going to try and see as many of the films featured as possible and will even be pressing my VCR back into service if necessary. I will only review from memory if I can’t find a decent copy of the movie to watch as it is not the best way to do things.
Best of luck to this documentary in Toronto and Texas and I hope to see a DVD release in the near future.
Featuring clips from the following movies (courtesy of the press kit):