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#12 The Shrimp on the Barbie

A woman and a man driving a convertible. PODSPLOITATION PRESENTS THE SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE.

The Shrimp on the Barbie (1990). Written by Grant Morris and Ron House. Directed by Alan Smithee. Starring Cheech Marin, Emma Samms, Carole Davis, Vernon Wells, Terence Cooper and Bruce Spence.

Cheech Marin comes to Australia to fall in love, and our team fall in love with Cheech Marin coming to Australia. Callum is happy because his Ozploitation BFF OTP is in the movie.

#11 Plugg


Plugg (1975). Written and directed by Terry Bourke. Starring Peter Thompson, Cheryl Rixon, Norman Yemm, Reg Gorman, Noel Ferrier, David Vallon and Alan Cassell.

This month's film sees an unkempt private detective investigate a brothel while a pair of police officers investigate him. They don't make them like this anymore....phew.

#10 Midnite Spares

Outside on the street, a scruffy-looking David Argue and Bruce Spence look appalled.. PODSPLOITATION PRESENTS MIDNITE SPARES.


Midnite Spares (1983). Directed by Quentin Masters, written by Terry Larsen. Starring James Laurie, Gia Carides, Bruce Spence, David Argue, Max Cullen, Graeme Blundell, John Godden, Amanda Dole, Terry Camilleri and Jonathan Coleman.

When the racing circuit and the crime circuit collide in this month's movie, we hold court on car cinema and wandering accents (that for once aren't from one of the hosts).

#9 Money Movers

Terry Donovan leans against a wall and looks around nervously. PODSPLOITATION PRESENTS MONEY MOVERS


Money Movers (1978). Directed and written by Bruce Beresford from a novel by Devon Minchin. Starring Terence Donovan, Bryan Brown, Ed Deveraux, Tony Bonner, Lucky Grills, Charles (Bud) Tingwell, Alan Cassell, Candy Raymond, Hu Pryce, Frank Wilson and Ray Marshall.

Pink Floyd said that money was a gas, but the Jackson brothers find it all too solid when they want to take off with twenty million dollars of the stuff. Callum compares to Tarantino, November goes biscuit-spotting and Daria starts losing her voice as they review this heist movie.


#8 Dying Breed


PODSPLOITATION PRESENTS DYING BREED. Two men (Leigh Whannel and Nathan Phillips) in a shack, opening a pot on a stove.

Dying Breed (2008). Directed by Jody Dwyer, written by Michael Boughen, Jody Dwyer and Rod Morris. Starring Mirrah Foulkes, Leigh Whannel, Nathan Phillips, Melanie Vallejo, Bille Brown, Ken Radley, Sheridan Harvey and Elaine Hudson.

A researcher and her colourful entourage go looking for a Tasmanian Tiger and find the secret descendants of cannibal convict Alexander 'The Pieman' Pearce. Our team have a lot to say about their methods, as well as broader questions like their own favourite cannibal films, and the possibility of modern-day Ozploitation pictures. 

#7 BMX Bandits


PODSPLOITATION PRESENTS BMX BANDITS. Two adult men in suits (David Argue and John Ley) stand intimidatingly over an unintimidated teenage girl (Nicole Kidman).

BMX Bandits (1983). Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith, screenplay by Patrick Edgeworth based on a screenplay by Russell Hagg. Starring James Lugton, Angelo d’Angelo, Nicole Kidman, David Argue, John Ley and Bryan Marshall.

Some may wonder if this is Ozploitation, but we didn’t wonder whether we wanted to review it this month, so here’s our talk of the tale of teenagers getting into the hi-jinx that comes with crossing small-time organised crime.


Valentine Sexytimes Special: Felicity & Centrespread


Gerard from Centrespread meets Felicity from Felicity

Felicity (1978). Directed by John D Lamond, screenplay by Felicity Robinson as told to Diane & John D Lamond. Starring Glory Annen, Joni Flynn, Chris Milne, Marilyn Rodgers, Gordon Charles and Jody Hanson.

Centrespread (1981). Directed by Tony Paterson, screenplay by Robert Fogden and Michael Ralph. Starring Paul Trahair, Kylie Foster, Mark Watson, Ivor Louis, Jack Neate and Paula Carter.

Time for a special adults-only episode as we indulge in the love and sex of a double-bill of Ozploitation erotica. A young woman blossoming into a world of discovery, and the high-profile low-clothing world of near-future photography. Turn off the lights and slip into bed with the Podsploiteers.

#6 Fortress


Fortress (1985). Directed by Arch Nicholson, screenplay by Everett De Roche. Starring Rachel Ward, Vernon Wells, Sean Garlick, Rebecca Rigg, Peter Hehir, David Bradshaw, Marc Aden Gray, Beth Buchanan and Asher Keddie.

A quartet of masked men kidnap the teacher and students from a small rural school, and their day doesn't get any better from there. The Podsploiteers can't help but be reminded of their own 1980s schooldays, and wonder how (or if) the film might be made today. Meanwhile, the cats find the studio equipment as much fun as ever.

#5 Long Weekend


A sandy-haired man stares at a Barbie-like doll with green patches on it. Text: 'Podsploitation presents Long Weekend".


Long Weekend (1978). Directed by Colin Eggleston, screenplay by Everett De Roche. Starring John Hargraves and Briony Behets.

A couple having marital troubles go camping at the beach to have their marital troubles there instead. When it becomes clear that they don't treat their surroundings much better than they treat each other, those surroundings start to threaten their weekend - and their lives.

#4 The Adventures of Barry McKenzie

Podsploitation presents The Adventures of Barry McKenzie. A man in a wide-brimmed hat and a girl in and old-fashioned dress sit opposite each other on a sofa, awkward.

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972). Directed by Bruce Beresford, screenplay by Bruce Beresford and Barry Humphries. Starring Barry Crocker, Barry Humphries, Paul Bertram, Marry Ann Severne, Spike Milligan, Peter Cook, Dennis Price, Avice Landone and Jenny Tomasin.

When Ocker-about-town and hypermicturationist Barry and his Aunt Edna Everage pay a visit to England, they manage to be offensive to just about everyone. Except cinema audiences, who threw their hard-earned seventies money to them.
Is this a genre classic that stands the test of time? A portrait of an era best appreciated with hindsight? Or the cinematic equivalent of that embarrassing racist relative?