Australian film has always had to earn its place, championing the “Aussie battler” image as it struggled for recognition against the Hollywood giants. This November, World Movies shares a classic selection of Aussie greats, celebrating Australian cinema roots.
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008, Australia/USA)
Monday 17 November 7.45pm – Subscription Channel Premiere
NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD is an eye-popping celebration of Australian cult films of the ’70s and early ’80s. It irreverently documents an era when Australian cinema got its gear off and flashed the world a full-frontal explosion of sex, violence, horror and foot-to-the-floor action. Bursting with adrenaline-pumping film clips and outrageous anecdotes from Ozploitation fans and survivors, including Quentin Tarantino, Dennis Hopper, Jamie Lee Curtis and Barry Humphries.
Alvin Purple (The Sex Therapist) (1973, Australia)
Monday 17 November 9.30pm – Channel Premiere
A controversial benchmark of Australian cinema and a monumental part of the 70s Ozploitation movement, ALVIN PURPLE is Tim Burstall’s legendary film that introduced full-frontal nudity to a mainstream audience and blazed a trail of outrageous romp-inspired cinematic mayhem. Alvin Purple (Graeme Blundell) is a young, na√Øve man with a great future ahead of him. But there is more to Alvin than meets the eye, and it is not long before he is thrust into a series of saucy adventures where women are attracted head over heels and find him sexually irresistible. Bounding from one hilarious escapade to another Alvin effortlessly becomes the centre of every woman’s attention, affection and desire – from accepting the amorous comfort of his teacher’s wife to demonstrating the versatility of a waterbed – Alvin knows every trick in the book. Featuring Abigail (NUMBER 96), Jacki Weaver (CADDIE), Lynette Curran (BLISS) and Penne Hackforth-Jones (MAO’S LAST DANCER).
Road Games (1981, Australia)
Tuesday 18 November 9.30pm – Subscription Television Premiere
Stacy Keach is Pat Quid, a loan trucker who always plays games to keep his sanity on long hauls through the desolate Australian outback. Jamie Lee Curtis is a free-spirited hitchhiker looking for excitement with a game of her own. And somewhere up ahead, on the loneliest highway in the world, is a psychopathic killer – a latter day Jack the Ripper, whose game is picking up young female hitchhikers, raping, killing and dismembering them before burying their remains on the desolate Nullabor Plains. But when Quid’s innocent curiosity turns into amateur sleuthing, the killer decides to raise the stakes… and the rules of the road take some very deadly turns.
Mad Dog Morgan (1976, Australia)
Thursday 20 November 9.30pm – Subscription Television Premiere
Set in gold rush-era Victoria, and based on a true story, this violent, rollicking portrayal of infamous Irish outlaw Dan Morgan features a gripping performance from an intense Dennis Hopper, and is a classic of Australia’s ’70s cinema renaissance. In the autumn of 1865, the unique and notorious desperado, bushranger Dan Morgan, crossed the Murray River from New South Wales into Victoria to do battle with the law for the last time. What happened has been a secret for over 100 years. And so it should have been, if only to save face for the corrupt and hated colonial establishment of the day. This is the fascinating tale, told for the first time, of the romantic and extraordinary villain they called Mad Dog Morgan. Starring Dennis Hopper.
Felicity (1978, Australia)
Friday 21 November 9.30pm
In this Australian exploitation romp, young Felicity follows the exploits of a sheltered teen as she sheds her inhibitions (and everything else) and surrenders her blossoming body to a world of bold sexual adventure.