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Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)

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94

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 63
Fresh: 59 | Rotten: 4

A raucous, fast-paced celebration of the Ozploitation films that came out of Australia in the 1970s and 1980s.

88

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 2

A raucous, fast-paced celebration of the Ozploitation films that came out of Australia in the 1970s and 1980s.

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liked it
Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 2,192

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Filmmaker Mark Hartley explores Australia's hidden genre in this documentary that casually casts aside "official" film history to celebrate the demented genius of director Brian Trenchard-Smith, and the exciting wave of little-known but supremely entertaining films that entertained adventurous Australian filmgoers throughout the 1970s and '80s. Every film student worth his or her weight in celluloid has seen Breaker Morant and Picnic at Hanging Rock, but what about the lesser-known gems that

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Documentary, Television, Art House & International

Mark Hartley

Oct 6, 2009

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All Critics (63) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (59) | Rotten (4) | DVD (5)

This is as insightful a glimpse into a country's cinema as you're likely to see at this running time.

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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It's all very foul, and completely entertaining.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Not Quite Hollywood is jammed with well-preserved clips of the Aussie movies that started pushing the limits after censorship was essentially dropped in 1971.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Tarantino's enthusiasm notwithstanding, backstage gossip about movies of no importance is enough to bore even certified film geeks.

August 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Comments (2)
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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If Not Quite Hollywood is not quite convincing, it is quite entertaining.

August 13, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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What's cool and always kicky is seeing a country's irreverent movie trash being treated with such, well, reverence.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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It's almost criminal, the amount of fun filmmaker Mark Hartley has conducting this wildly salacious, enormously entertaining documentary.

August 29, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

What's nice about a movie like this is that it gives you a sampling of this genre without making you sit down and watch hours and hours of movies.

June 27, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

If you don't already love the underground world of masochistic movies, this will be a real eye-opener.

March 13, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

It's a ribald and entertaining documentary, filled with great yarns and astonishing images from not only the finished films but from the making of them.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The onslaught of tastelessness begins even before the opening credits and continues nonstop for 103 deliciously sleazy minutes.

October 8, 2009
Kansas City Star

You'll get more bang, boobs and blood for your buck here than with any other show in town.

September 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

As recounted in Mark Hartley's entertaining documentary, twisted imaginations went wild after the post-'60s liberation from censorship and the introduction of tax breaks.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

It's a Documentary that's celebrating obscure films by showing a crapload of clips. I loved it! Film lovers who crave cult cinema aren't going to want to miss this opportunity to expand their knowledge.

August 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Not Quite Hollywood - lousy title, great peek back at the Ozploitation movement.

August 16, 2009 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

Not Quite goes on a little longer than it needs to, but if the success of a movie like this is measured by whether it makes you want to see some of the movies it revisits, then count me in.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

... a smartly made look at an otherwise neglected aspect of film history and culture, packed with colorful stories, witty observations, punky attitude and real history...

August 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

This isn't exactly a thesis that's going to win any awards, especially up against the latest documentary about the Holocaust or the war in Iraq. But as far as entertainment goes, it's about the most fun I've had all summer.

August 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A fun and energized documentary about a neglected era of exploitation cinema, but it suffers from a couple of pretty critical sins of omission.

August 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!

Not Quite Hollywood is a terrific documentary about the Ozploitation genre. The Australians didn't have a film industry, but in the late 60's to early 70's there was a boom in the Australian film industry, and a plateau of films made their way in Australian Drive In theatres. These movies were extreme in nudity and violence and would attract a fallowing. These films set the standards for something great, and in turn, the Aussies were able to carve their niche in the filmmaking world. This is a must see documentary for film fans everywhere and it features great interviews with Australian film makers, fans of the genre like Quentin Tarantino and James Wan and actors Jamie Lee Curtis , Stacey Keach and Dennis Hopper. This film is insightful and tells a terrific story of this truly unique film industry that is more insane than the American film industry. I've seen some truly great documentaries, but Not Quite Hollywood is really one of the best documentaries I've seen in quite some time. The film goes through the various genres from the first few low budget schlock flicks that relied on nudity and crude content to more stylized picture that had better storylines, intense stunts and above better acting. The filmmakers being interviewed discuss how the Aussies influenced their work and how they enjoyed these thrilling, obscured films. Tarantino is prominent here, and I personally feel he's one of the best directors working today and I also feel he's a highly knowledgeable film expert. Now I really loved this film and I highly recommend this film to every cinema fan. This is insightful and you will be very happy that you saw this. From start to finish this film is pretty insane as you hear the stories from the Aussie filmmakers discussing their body of work. A documentary definitely worth seeing and is highly engaging from start to finish.
February 14, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Not only does it celebrate a lesser-known world of international cinema, it also pays homage to its creators without without too much ego-stroking, and introduces new audiences to Australian cinema. It's a very well done documentary and a truly entertaining movie in its' own right. I had no idea Australia had a kung-fu market. As most sexploitation films seem goofy to me, the ones featured here don't really seem to offer much more, but was excited to make a list of high-octane films to watch in the near future.


February 21, 2011
DrBenway
El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

Ozploitation rules! So many new films for me to seek out, it's going to keep me busy for a while. An informative, entertaining and quite funny documentary. Bonza!
April 19, 2010
SirPant

Super Reviewer

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