Free-wheelin’ sex romps! Bloodsoaked 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 arthouse 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” 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 grindhouses and Drive-ins of America, audiences applauded our homegrown marauding revheads with brutish cars, our spunky well-stacked heroines and our 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 that was unashamedly packed full of boobs, pubes, tubes… and even a little kung fu. [Synopsis courtesy of film’s official website]