Reel Spirit Ozploitation double bill + Intro 15

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This film was last shown on 18 June 2022

Presented by Reel Spirit - a collaboration between Reel Steel and the Spirit of Independence Film Festival - this feature double-bill celebrating independent cult cinema highlights the 'Ozploitation' genre, with a pair of films directed by legendary cult film-maker Brian Trenchard-Smith.

Dead-End Drive-In (1986) shows us a dystopian near-future, where the economy has crumbled and the authorities have turned drive-in movie theatres into prison camps.
Existing as a microcosm of society, reflecting issues of unemployment, the state and division between communities, Dead-End Drive-In packs a pertinent social narrative alongside explosive action set pieces, in the movie theatre where the price of admission is your life.

The Man from Hong Kong (1975) stars Jimmy Wang Yu (star of classic kung-fu cinema, including Master of the Flying Guillotine) as a Hong Kong detective who travels to Sydney on an international investigation into drug trafficking, stopping at nothing through an unfamiliar land to bring down a criminal kingpin (played by George Lazenby - James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service).
Featuring extraordinary car chases, thrilling fight choreography and dangerous stunts, The Man from Hong Kong is a true Ozploitation classic.

Part of the 'new wave' of exploitation films in Australian cinema popularised in the 1970s and 80s - particularly around films such as 1979's Mad Max - often low-budget, high-octane and anti-authoritarian, these films showed the spirit of independent film-making while going on to achieve a cult status.

A double-bill presenting audiences with an introduction to this lesser-known genre in cinema.This screening will also have a special guest introduction by Liam Ball, PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield and author of  'Six Feet Down Under: A Materialist History of the Australian Horror Film’. There will also be a screening of some of the best and wildest trailers from the Ozploitation genre.

6:30pm – Guest introduction.
6:45pm - Dead End Drive-In
- Interval -

8:45pm - Ozploitation trailer reel
9pm - The Man from Hong Kong

Brian Trenchard-Smith
4 hours 15 minutes


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