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

Film maker Mark Hartley takes an in depth look at Australian genre films in, Not Quite Hollywood, The Wild Story of Ozploitation. That’s right, the wildest, the sexiest, and the goriest films from down under. Australian film makers have a very unique way of turning these pictures on their head, making them all their own.

This Doc. begins with early Australian film, before Australia had an identity beyond what tourist expected, Kangaroos. Some of the first films to get notoriety were raunchy sex comedies that poked fun at England, but once the ball got rolling, everything was fare game!

In this documentary, you’ll hear from the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Dennis Hopper, Steve Bisley, and Lynette Curran discussing films like Adventures of Barry McKenzie, Howling 3, Long Weekend, Patrick, Razorback, Mad Dog Morgan, Stone, Mad Max and more.

One of my favorite scenes is when Dennis Hopper recounts a run-in with the law during the filming of Mad Dog Morgan. He goes on to explain that a combination of cocaine and alcohol lead to him attempting to prove that he once was a race car drive. He was soon pulled over by Australian Police. During the legal preceding, the judge decreed that Hopper may never again operate a car while in the country. Not only wasn’t he allowed to drive, but he was not allowed to be a passenger in an automobile either. LOL

This documentary isn’t some stuffy history lesson in Australian fine art. From start to finish this film is a blast and one of my personal favorites! If you like Blood, Breasts and Beasts, Not Quite Hollywood is for you.


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