Outback Oddities: NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD
For sheer unadulterated buzz and adrenaline alone, NOT QUITE
Director Mark Hartley painstakingly compiles and interviews the incendiary few who went about creating a blistering blend of pure thrills in
Trenchard-Smith, a filmmaker I’d more heard about than whose work I’d actually seen, is tremendously funny in his detailing of the exploits about a less-than-eager Jimmy Wang-Yu during the making of THE MAN FROM HONG KONG (he despised white women); ditto Lazenby and stuntman Grant Page (a seminal stuntman, Page was also the serial murderer in ROADGAMES) on actually convincing Lazenby to play a scene with real flames burning on his back. (It’s a wonder more people didn’t perish during the making of these films.) Mora (and lead Dennis Hopper) speak out about the latter’s drug usage on the set of MAD DOG MORGAN, and Mora’s quite witty while explaining past admonishments to Hopper on the set.
Early 70s sexploitation fare is also covered thoroughly, though my interest in that area has never been great; expect plenty of discussion on THE ADVENTURES OF BARRY MCKENZIE (Bruce Beresford, 1972), ALVIN PURPLE (Tim Burstall, 1973), and FANTASM (Franklin as Richard Bruce, 1976).
Sandy Harbutt, lead actor, co-writer and director of motorcycle movie STONE, also comes across as positively loony – it would prove to be his only real work (Tarantino discusses STONE’s closing minutes as probably being the most accurate representation of the code of the road for motorcycle gangs, at least as far as cinema history goes). Not to be missed.