NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD The Wild, Untold Story of Australian Genre Cinema
NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD - THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF OZPLOITATION (2008) 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 full-bore 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), NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD was selected as the opening night film of the 2008 Melbourne International Film Festival.
It debuted internationally at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival and has subsequently screened at over 60 festivals around the globe (including The London International Film Festival, Rotterdam and The AFI Fest in Hollywood).
At the 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD won Best Documentary and received a nomination for Best Editing. The film also won both the 2009 FILMINK award and the Film Critics Circle Association (FCCA) award for Best Documentary - voted by a national body of professional film critics in Australia.
NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD was theatrically released in Australia (Madman), the United Kingdom (Optimum) and the United States (Magnolia) and received widespread critical acclaim:
"100 consistently hilarious and jaw-dropping minutes."
The New York Post
"A feast of mammaries, monsters and bloody mayhem, NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD is an affectionate, rollicking guide to the drive-in classics of Australian filmmaking from the 1970s and '80s. Mark Hartley directs with fan-boy enthusiasm, his hyperactive style perfectly tuned to the movie's wealth of trashy clips and trash-talking interviewees."
The New York Times
"In this boisterous film-buff documentary the talking heads here are routinely upstaged by the exploding ones - plus lots of jiggling jugs and airborne motorbikes - provided by Hartley's exuberant film-clip montages. For two glorious hours, Not Quite Hollywood returns us to a time when the price of admission was cheap and the thrills even cheaper."
The Village voice
***** (five stars)
"The best Australian movie in years... If you're Australian, see it. If you love movies, see it. If you're an Australian movie lover, see it twice. If you're a Kiwi, see it anyway. Beyond awesome."
***** (five stars)
"Not Quite Hollywood bustles and bristles with hyperkinetic energy. It is one of the most vital Australian films in recent years. A stellar work that should be compulsory viewing for anyone with an interest in Australian film or, damn it, an interest in Australia in general."
**** 1/2 (Four and a half stars)
"Not Quite Hollywood just may be the most significant Australian film of recent times... lively and fun with more celebrities than you'll ever see on the same red carpet. Copies of Hartley's film should go straight to pool rooms all over Australia."
**** (Four stars)
"Not Quite Hollywood sells itself on the promise of sex, violence, horror and foot-to-the-floor action - and it doesn't disappoint in any of these areas... timely, provocative and hugely entertaining. A little corker."
"It's almost impossible to overstate the brilliance of Not Quite Hollywood, the best Australian film in recent memory."
"Exhilarating, candid, funny and thoroughly entertaining. This is a gem of a film with an explosive energy and one that exudes a wild sense of abandon and makes us damned glad to be alive."
NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD
Writer/Director: Mark Hartley
Producers: Michael Lynch and Craig Griffin
Production Company: City Films Worldwide P/L
International Sales: HD Net