Mark Hartley's new documentary Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! is currently playing in limited release around the country. I caught a press screening a week or so ago, and though it's not the deepest or most thoughtful documentary in the world, it's a lot of fun, and it left me with a long checklist of Australian exploitation movies I wanted to see. However, I was disappointed to find that even in this day and age, more than half of the titles featured in the documentary are not available on DVD in the United States.

Of course, anyone can rent George Miller's Mad Max (1979) and there are a few others, such as BMX BanditsDead-End Drive-In, Howling III: The Marsupials, Long WeekendMad Dog Morgan, Patrick, Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr and Turkey Shoot, though some of the official DVD releases have gone out of print and may be hard to find, and others are of dubious quality. It took me a while, but I finally found Richard Franklin's Road Games (redheaded Nicole Kidman's illustrious debut), (described by Quentin Tarantino as an "undiscovered gem"), (1981), with Jamie Lee Curtis; no one seems to agree on whether there's a space between the two words, and some searches have it one way and not the other.
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