I found this great playlist that was created to honor the recently released grindhouse documentary Not Quite Hollywood.
Not Quite Hollywood is the wild, wonderful, untold story of “Ozploitation” films. It irreverently documents 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.
Free-wheeling sex romps! Blood-soaked terror tales! High-octane action extravaganzas! They’re the main ingredients of Not Quite Hollywood, the first detailed examination and celebration of Australian genre cinema of the 70s and 80s.
In 1971, with the introduction of the R-certificate, Australia’s censorship regime went from repressive to progressive virtually overnight. This cultural explosion gave birth to art house classics, such as Picnic at Hanging Rock and My Brilliant Career, but also spawned a group of demon-children: maverick filmmakers who braved assault from all quarters to bring films like Alvin Purple, The Man From Hong Kong, Patrick, Turkey Shoot (a.k.a. Escape 2000) and Mad Max to the big screen.
As explicit, violent and energetic as their northern cousins, Aussie genre movies presented a unique take on established conventions. In England, Italy and the grind houses and drive-ins of America, audiences applauded Australian homegrown marauding “rev heads” with brutish cars, spunky well-stacked heroines and stunts – unparalleled in their quality and extreme danger.
Full of outrageous anecdotes, a large cast of local and International names and a genuine, infectious love of Australian movies, Not Quite Hollywood is a fast-moving journey through an unjustly forgotten cinematic era.
Check out the trailers for many of the doc’s featured films below, many of which are available in the Film Fetish Cult Cinema Icons Store RIGHT HERE.
Below is a complete list of the movie trailers featured in the YouTube playlist above.
The Naked Bunyip (1970) Early sexploitation film
Wake in Fright (1971)
Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974) Comedy directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Donald Pleasence
Australia After Dark (1975)
Turkey Shoot / Escape 2000 (1981)
BMX Bandits (1983) – Austrailan film starring Nicole Kidman
Dead-End Drive In (1986)
Mad Max (1979) – The original post-apocalytic thrill ride starring Mel Gibson in one of his first starring roles
Long Weekend (1978) There was a recent remake made of this film that starred James Caviezel
Inn of the Damned (1975) – Bizarre horror western starring Alex Cord and Judith Anderson
Night of Fear (1972)
Road Games (1981) – Cult classic trucker horror starring Stacy Keach
Don’s Party (1976)
The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) – Director Peter Weir’s (Witness) first feature length film
Fantasm (1976) – Sexploitation film
Mad Dog Morgan (1976) – This film starred Dennis Hopper
The Chain Reaction (1980) – This is another early Mel Gibson Aussie thriller
The Man From Hong Kong (1975)
Grant Page Tribute Video – A tribute to Grant Page and Friends
Stunt Rock (1978)
Eliza Fraser (1975) Australian comedy with Susannah York, Trevor Howard, John Waters
End Play (1976)
The ABC of Love & Sex Australia Style! (1977)
Australia After Dark (1975)
Pacific Banana (1981)
- People / Bands: Alex Cord | Alvin Purple | Bruce Beresford | Dennis Hopper | Donald Pleasence | Grant Page | James Caviezel | John Waters | Judith Anderson | Mel Gibson | Nicole Kidman | Peter Weir | Stacy Keach | Susannah York | Trevor Howard
- Shows / Movies: Dead-End Drive In | Escape 2000 | Mad Max | My Brilliant Career | Not Quite Hollywood | Patrick | Picnic at Hanging Rock | Road Games | The Man From Hong Kong | Turkey Shoot
- Genres: Action | Cult Cinema | Grindhouse | Ozploitation | Science Fiction | Sexploitation
- Story Types: Cult Cinema Icons | Snapshots | Trailers