Not Quite Hollywood

Not Quite Hollywood

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As Australian cinema broke through to international audiences in the 1970s through respected art house films, a new underground of low-budget exploitation filmmakers were turning out considerably less highbrow fare. Documentarian Mark Hartley explores this unbridled era of sex and violence, complete with clips from some of the scene's most outrageous flicks and interviews with the renegade filmmakers themselves. More

'Not Quite Hollywood really astounds with its eye-opening line-up of interviews with prominent actors, writers and directors of the period. Naturally, Ozploitation fanatic Tarantino pops up for a word or two. Essential viewing for genre buffs, this is an entertaining and exceptionally well-researched appreciation of a time in Aussie filmmaking that's gone unnoticed for too long, arguing that for every prestigious classic like Picnic at Hanging Rock, there is an outrageously trashy gem like Turkey Shoot waiting to be discovered.' (NZIFF)

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2008Rating: R103 minsAustraliaMagnolia Pictures, MIFF Premiere Fund
DocumentaryFestival & Independent

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Not Quite Hollywood | Reviews

Herald Sun

Herald Sun

An incredibly energetic and merrily messed-up celebration of Australian B-movies.

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The Age

The Age

Not Quite Hollywood contains as many crazy characters and improbable events as its recent fictional counterparts, except that the people are real and the stories all true.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

An entertaining and bizarre guide to the movie-making wave that respectable cinema history forgot...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

An affectionate, rollicking guide to the drive-in classics of Australian filmmaking from the 1970s and '80s.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

It's all very foul, and completely entertaining.

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Time Out

Time Out

An enlightening, pleasurable peek into one of cinema's more enticing dark corners.

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The Times

The Times

There is a remarkable story to be told of outlaws carving out their own slice of the industry with scant regard for decorum, personal safety or narrative coherence.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Not Quite Hollywood may be shallow, but that shallowness is in tune with its subject.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

It’s a kicky, slightly exhausting look at a bygone era of low-rent moviemaking, whose colorful trove of film clips should delight fans of cinematic esoterica, nostalgic schlock and high octane drive-in fare.

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New York Post

New York Post

The stories are so funny and engrossing that you don’t mind that the film often seems like an extended DVD feature...

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

A vividly illustrated catalogue of astonishing smut.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

The clips burn throughout this film with a tone as giddy as its subject.

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Not Quite Hollywood | Release Details

Not Quite Hollywood is available to stream in Australia now on Foxtel and Binge.