Thursday, 21 August 2008
guilty pleasures of australian cinema
Howling III: The Marsupials
This September, Australian Perspectives continues ACMIs survey into a unique series of genre films from a forgotten era in Australia's cinematic history with the screening of three more Ozploitation films.
Kung Fu Killers (1974), Howling III: The Marsupials (1987) and The Naked Bunyip (1970), all films of the era that contributed to our loss of cinematic innocence, will screen following on from the success of ACMIs Focus on Ozploitation season during the Melbourne International Film Festival.
"We have only merely scratched the surface of these genre films. They are important to our cinematic history as they have left an indelible mark on Australian culture and perceptions of Australia across the world. So, ACMI is once more shining the spotlight on these films to help audiences uncover the gritty truth about Australia's film history and our most innovative, maverick film makers," says James Nolen, curator of ACMIs Australian Perspectives.
Ozploitation was born of maverick filmmakers, a relaxing of censorship laws and the desire for Australians to see themselves represented in Australian films. It describes an era in the 1970s and 80s where Australians turned to Hollywood-style exaggeration and a sense of adventure to tell their stories, in a no-holds-barred way, by Australian film makers and on Australian soil. These genre films are typically characterized by break-neck action, schlock horror, ocker comedy and frisky sex romps and were unashamedly loved by Australian's and film audiences the world over, defining a liberating and new era of film making and propelling home-grown actors to notoriety internationally.
These screenings also provide the perfect accompaniment to Mark Hartley's recently released Ozploitation documentary Not Quite Hollywood, which will screen as part of Australian Perspectives this October. Hartley, who co-curated Focus on Ozploitation, features all three of these film makers and their films in his AFI Award nominated documentary.
For information on the sessions, please visit the Australian Perspectives program here
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