Jun 20 2011

FILMREAKTER DOUBLE FEATURE #2: Ozploitation

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One Saturday a month the Cinémathèque gives carte blanche to the Filmmaker’s collective FILMREAKTER to screen a double bill of films dug out from the darkest corners of the Cinémathèque’s archive. After a first screening under the theme of Deranged Psychosexual Killers last month, Filmreakter returns to present two classics of the Australian cinema rennaissance of the 70’s and 80’s – a wave of films that has formed a genre all by itself, lovingly referred to as Ozploitation and best known for giving us Mel Gibson. As an introduction to the June Filmreakter Double Feature we recommend the fascinating documentary on down under genre cinema Not Quite Hollywood (readily available on the internet at amazon.co.uk or elsewhere).

PATRICK
Australia 1978 | original English | 96’ | Directed by Richard Franklin | Starring: Susan Penhaligon, Robert Thompson, Rod Mullinar

In the wake of Brian De Palma’s Hollywood hit Carrie, Australian director Richard Franklin graced the world of cinema with this cult film telling the story of Patrick, a comatose hospital patient with telekinetic powers. Kathy, the new nurse at the hospital, is the first to have an inkling of her patient’s special abilities, which soon include killing via psychokinesis…

Franklin, who would later go on to direct Psycho II, was a devout admirer of Hitchcock, whose fans will here find innumerable references. Just as fans of Tarantino will in turn find elements from Patrick resurfacing in Kill Bill.

THE CHAIN REACTION
Australia 1980 | original English | 87’ | Directed by Ian Barry | Starring : Steve Bisley, Arna-Maria Winchester, Ross Thompson

The Aussies tried to warn us decades ago: this 1980 action thriller revolves around a nuclear desaster triggered by an earthquake and the evil corporation trying to keep the whole thing under wraps. To turn this anti-nuclear eco-activist theme into true Ozploitation worthy of its name, director Ian Barry throws in a good measure of necessary nudity (after all people do have to undress to go through radiation checkpoints) and some spectacular car chases, rumoured to have been choreographed by none other than Mad Max director George Miller himself, the undisputed king of highway action.

Ticket for 2 films: 6 € (includes free drinks in the 30 min. break between films)

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One Saturday a month the Cinémathèque gives carte blanche to the Filmmaker’s collective FILMREAKTER to screen a double bill of films dug out from the darkest corners of the Cinémathèque’s archive. After a first screening under the theme of Deranged Psychosexual Killers last month, Filmreakter returns to present two classics of the Australian cinema rennaissance of the 70’s and 80’s – a wave of films that has formed a genre all by itself, lovingly referred to as Ozploitation and best known for giving us Mel Gibson. As an introduction to the June Filmreakter Double Feature we recommend the fascinating documentary on down under genre cinema Not Quite Hollywood (readily available on the internet at amazon.co.uk or elsewhere).

PATRICK
Australia 1978 | original English | 96’ | Directed by Richard Franklin | Starring: Susan Penhaligon, Robert Thompson, Rod Mullinar

In the wake of Brian De Palma’s Hollywood hit Carrie, Australian director Richard Franklin graced the world of cinema with this cult film telling the story of Patrick, a comatose hospital patient with telekinetic powers. Kathy, the new nurse at the hospital, is the first to have an inkling of her patient’s special abilities, which soon include killing via psychokinesis…

Franklin, who would later go on to direct Psycho II, was a devout admirer of Hitchcock, whose fans will here find innumerable references. Just as fans of Tarantino will in turn find elements from Patrick resurfacing in Kill Bill.

THE CHAIN REACTION
Australia 1980 | original English | 87’ | Directed by Ian Barry | Starring : Steve Bisley, Arna-Maria Winchester, Ross Thompson

The Aussies tried to warn us decades ago: this 1980 action thriller revolves around a nuclear desaster triggered by an earthquake and the evil corporation trying to keep the whole thing under wraps. To turn this anti-nuclear eco-activist theme into true Ozploitation worthy of its name, director Ian Barry throws in a good measure of necessary nudity (after all people do have to undress to go through radiation checkpoints) and some spectacular car chases, rumoured to have been choreographed by none other than Mad Max director George Miller himself, the undisputed king of highway action.

Ticket for 2 films: 6 € (includes free drinks in the 30 min. break between films)

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