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Mark Hartley on Ozploitation, genre and the Cannon canon

First published (in a shorter version) by Grolsch FilmWorks Mark Hartley is the Australian director behind rambunctious genre documentaries Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) and … Continue reading

June 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dead Hooker In A Trunk (2009)

First published by Little White Lies See a film with a title like Dead Hooker in a Trunk, and you know you are in for some wilfully sleazy exploitation – and … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Eastern Boys (2012)

Review first published by Sight & Sound, January 2015 Synopsis: Paris, present day. At the Gare du Nord, Daniel singles out hustler Marek from a gang of Eastern Europeans led by … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films (2014)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks In 1984, independent production house Cannon Film Group released Breakin’ (1984), a ramshackle buddy comedy which identified and helped define the breakdancing movement just … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · 3 Comments

Rough Cut (2013)

Review first published by LWLies. Rough Cut opens with a trailer for Jesus Rinzoli’s Hiker Meat (1982), built from instantly recognisable elements of slasher, smalltown conspiracy and creature feature, and … Continue reading

December 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Fresh Meat (2012)

Review first published at Cinetalk. It may open in the respectable-sounding St Agnes School for Young Maori Ladies, but less than a minute of Danny Mulheron’s Fresh Meat has elapsed … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Devil’s Sisters (1966)

DVD review first published on Cinetalk. “I had never seen anything like it, except in the movies of course. I was already beginning to feel like a movie star.” So … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

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