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#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

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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? 

#3 Next of Kin (Halloween episode)

We're here a day ahead of schedule to bring you some Australian horror for Halloween!

A pale-skinned woman in a blue denim shirt stacking sugar cubes in a pyramid shape. Podsploitation presents for Halloween: Next of Kin

Next of Kin (1982). Directed by Tony Williams, screenplay by Tony Williams and Michael Heath. Starring Jacki Kerin, Gerda Nicholson, John Jarratt, Charles McCallum, Bernadette Gibson, Robert Ratti, Debra Lawrence, Vince Deltito and Tommy Dysart.

Next of Kin lay dormant for many a year, only to rise again in time for Halloween. The team face a tale of blood relatives and blood spilt, as well as their own past - or at least random television nostalgia.

#2 The Cars That Ate Paris

An old car and a gunmetal Volkswagen Beetle covered in spikes on a rural town road. Text: Podsploitation presents The Cars That Ate Paris.

The Cars That Ate Paris (1973). Written and directed by Peter Weir. Starring Terry Camilleri, John Meillon, Bruce Spence, Chris Haywood, Max Phipps and Kevin Miles.

The gang continue to ponder the nature of Ozploitation. Then, for tonight’s feature presentation, they watch the shy and awkward Arthur ‘invited’ to the strange small town of Paris, New South Wales.

(Apologies: there were some issues with Daria's microphone during this recording. Please bear with us.)

#1 Razorback

Welcome to a regular chat about some classic (and not-so-classic) Australian films from the Ozploitation ouvre!

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Razorback (1984). Directed by Russell Mulcahy, screenplay by Everett De Roche. Starring Bill Kerr, Gregory Harrison, Arkie Whiteley, David Argue, Chris Haywood and Judy Morris.

Nature horror! As a killer boar chomps its way through the Australian Outback, our intrepid reviewers take their first crack at defining just what Ozploitation is. We also take a quick tangent into the future to look at the legacy of Australian pig-vs-people movies.

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