Swinging Safari

Swinging Safari

Swinging Safari

Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue lead this comedy set in mid-'70s Australia about a beached whale, the kids who can't get enough of it, and their sexually promiscuous parents. From the writer-director of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

A 200-ton blue whale gets washed up on a local beach and the kids think it’s the biggest thing that’s ever happened in Australia. Behind closed doors, the Mums and Dads of a quiet suburban cul-de-sac are going to celebrate in their own special way, by joining the sexual revolution and throwing a wife-swapping key party. And like the rotting whale, it’s all about to go spectacularly wrong.

2017Rating: M, Mature themes, sex scenes and coarse language96 minsAustralia
Comedy
Director:
Stephan Elliott ('The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert', 'Easy Virtue', 'A Few Best Men')
Writer:
Stephan Elliott
Cast:
Guy PearceKylie MinogueRadha MitchellJulian McMahonAsher KeddieJeremy SimsJack Thompson

Swinging Safari / Reviews

Flicks, Blake Howard

Flicks, Blake Howard

In the opening scene of director Stephan Elliott’s madcap comedy Swinging Safari there’s a smorgasbord of Australian 70s beach iconography. Poorly assembled beach umbrellas partially shade bodies coated with liberal application of tanning oil, rather than sunscreen (Skin Cancer hadn’t been invented yet, you see). The menu consists of buckets of KFC and enough cask wine to give any sommelier nightmares.

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Variety

Variety

As he did so winningly in "Priscilla" and 1997's unfairly overlooked outback comedy "Welcome to Woop Woop," Elliott celebrates Australian identity with genuine love while simultaneously roasting it over the coals of no-holds-barred satire and parody.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

A rowdy, crude and playful parody that takes an affectionate look at life in 70s Australia.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Is this outrageous comedy sexy or revolting? Elliott proves - though this feels like the least of his achievements - that a film can be both.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

An energetic, irreverent, autobiographically inspired affair filled with key swapping, children running amok and a rotting 200-tonne whale, the film proves a mixed bag but, given the era on display, its messiness always feels appropriate.

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News.com.au

News.com.au

It's just such a shame Swinging Safari is so shambolic and nowhere near as funny as it thinks it is.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

A fun enough time, to be sure, but jokes about knitwear, bad haircuts and fondue parties only get you so far.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

Swinging Safari is so crammed with in-jokes and memorabilia, the quieter moments are almost drowned out... But the film still offers movie goers a distinctive, exuberant, quintessentially Australian experience.

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