Monday, 21 July 2008

oz filmmakers talk dirty

To compliment our Focus on Ozploitation season, a feature of this year's Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will co-present a free panel discussion about the Ozploitation phenomenon of the 70s and 80s.

From Friday 25 July Ozploitation will be thrust into the spotlight, exposing a forgotten era of Aussie cinema where schlock horror, ocker comedy, break-neck action and frisky sex romps were the way to an audience. Scratch the surface of these genre films at this panel discussion and uncover the gritty truth about Australia's film history and our most innovative, maverick film makers.

Mark Hartley, soon to release his feature-length documentary equally honouring and exposing the era, is the perfect person to Chair this panel discussion, armed with the knowledge to draw out all the good stuff.

Joining him on the panel:

Acclaimed director Brian Trenchard-Smith, lauded by Quentin Tarantino as one of the best genre film makers, who lays credit to Turkey Shoot and Dead End Drive-In (both screening at ACMI), BMX Bandits, The Man From Hong Kong and Kung Fu Killers.

Everett DeRoche, arguably the single most successful screen writer of the era. His credits include Long Weekend, Roadgames, Razorback, all screening at ACMI, and the international hit Patrick. As Quentin Tarantino was recently quoted; "almost everything Everett DeRoche wrote is one of my favourite films". That is nothing short of a glowing endorsement from one of the world's foremost cult-film directors.

The impressive line up continues with producer of Turkey Shoot, Patrick and Fantasm, Tony Ginnane; Richard Brennan, producer of Long Weekend, Deathcheaters and Mad Dog Morgan;  David Hannay, co-producer of Kung Fu Killers, and executive producer of Stone and The Man From Hong Kong.

The event will also feature classic Ozploitation trailers.

The free Focus on Ozploitation panel discussion is on at ACMI Cinemas on Sat 26 Jul from 2pm - 3.30pm. 

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
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