Swinging Safari Reviews

August 6, 2019
In the end, what Swinging Safari lacks in the story is made up in originality and a satisfying art direction.
June 22, 2019
... doesn't offer many gut-busting laughs, but Elliott's screenplay is sweetly nostalgic even when its mayhem feels forced.
June 20, 2019
A runaway train viewing experience that's pure '70s and frequently hilarious.
June 10, 2019
There's a lesson here about the limits of permissive parenting, but it's mostly a Martin Parr-like evocation of a cartoonishly narcissistic time.
May 24, 2019
Shambolic rambunctious and fun.
December 14, 2018
If you need a way to laugh at all the reasons you're deficient, or to examine why your white Australian friends are the hot messes they are, grab your sluggers, lather up that body in oil, spark up a dart and laugh. And, hopefully, don't cry.
October 23, 2018
...a nostalgic comedy.
March 15, 2018
It's vulgar and absurdly over-the-top. It's also really funny and a surprisingly refreshing summer tonic during Oscar season...
February 22, 2018
Unlike most Australian comedy films, which can barely sustain one viewing, Surfing Safari definitely holds up to a second helping, if for no other reason than to relish the period detail embedded into each frame, right down to the exploding pyjamas.
February 22, 2018
Elliott whizzes from montage to sight gag to flashbacks and flash-forwards, skittering sideways for frequent discursions about the family pets, or a disastrous incident with a beach umbrella.
January 26, 2018
This is a movie that had an immediate effect on me and my co-viewer. We talked about it for hours. It's still on my mind.
January 23, 2018
A movie that can't stuff its frames with enough raucous one-liners, polyester jumpsuits or instances of a woman urinating on a jellyfish-stung child.
January 18, 2018
There's a hell of a lot of stuff, everywhere, all the time, and the sheer energy of it all is contagious, propulsive, and fun ... the colourful direction, performances and design make for an engaging and relentlessly entertaining ninety-six minutes.
January 18, 2018
While there's plenty here to enjoy it's also so loud, fast and eye-wateringly garish that you'll probably need a Bex and a good lie down afterwards.
January 16, 2018
Prawn heads in hubcaps, spin-the-vase and a rotting beached whale are some of the ingredients of Steph Elliott's semi-autobiographical film: a rowdy, crude and playful parody that takes an affectionate look at life in 70s Australia.
January 15, 2018
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.
December 19, 2017
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.
December 13, 2017
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.
December 13, 2017
Elliott seems to hold true affection for this time and place; despite its high-pitched shrillness, Swinging Safari is his warmest, funniest and most likable film since ...Priscilla.
December 12, 2017
Is this outrageous comedy sexy or revolting? Elliott proves - though this feels like the least of his achievements - that a film can be both.