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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 8/3/2013 12:19:16 PM   
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Great write-ups for Wake in Fright and Walkabout



Thanks I've seen a few of your reccs and I'll add the rest to the list!


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It is indeed


I'll give it a look sometime soon

Just finished watching The Adventures of Barry McKenzie. It's getting a bit late over here and I have an early start for work so the write-up will be posted tomorrow at some stage.

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 9/3/2013 1:09:41 AM   
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Film #3 - The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972, Beresford)

If you were to take this film into consideration and ignore the satirical and farcical nature of the film, it would seem that The Adventures of Barry McKenzie perpetrates a stereotype that Australian males, particularly "yobbos" are homophobic, chauvinistic beer-swilling, no manners having degenerates. But obviously the film is a comedy and isn't meant to be taken all that serious. You can say the film tries to exaggerate how the British viewed Australia in the 60's and 70's and vice versa, but to be fair I didn't try to take Barry McKenzie as some grand statement or over-analyse it in any way. It's a raucous, over-the-top riot of a film, with a great central performance from Barry Crocker as Bazza, the rudest crudest bloke going round. Bazza stomps through the film spitting out Ozzie slang and one-liners like a man possessed. There are also some superb supporting performances from the likes of Peter Cook, Spike Milligan (very briefly though) and one of Australian comedy's great chameleons Barry Humphries who plays three different roles including Aunt Edna/Dame Edna Everage (this is before she came the Dame in the sequel Barry McKenzie Holds His Own). Considering the subject matter, I thought I would enjoy the film a lot more but it left me wanting a bit. It is quite enjoyable though, and the fact this kind of film was funded entirely by the Australian government (the same government that likes to ban films just because of gay content and only just passed a law that allowed R18+ games to be sold) is actually fucking hilarious, more hilarious then the actual film itself

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 22/3/2013 1:13:42 PM   
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Missed this review. Well, at least you kinda enjoyed it. It wasn't so much the British view on Australia though, it was created by Humphries as an affectionate parody of the ocker. So it was one of your own countrymen shooting you down.

I just thought, technically you can watch Return of Captain Invincible as part of this, can't you?

Look at this clip, who could resist?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ9se8i4ujs

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 22/3/2013 11:53:53 PM   
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Missed this review. Well, at least you kinda enjoyed it. It wasn't so much the British view on Australia though, it was created by Humphries as an affectionate parody of the ocker. So it was one of your own countrymen shooting you down.



It was quite funny at times, is the sequel better? And I'll be honest, Humphries wasn't far off the truth to be honest


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I just thought, technically you can watch Return of Captain Invincible as part of this, can't you?

Look at this clip, who could resist?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ9se8i4ujs



That looks amazing Alan Arkin + Christopher Lee = Instant win. It's on Youtube too!

Anyway on other thread news, I shall be watching Picnic at Hanging Rock over the next few days. I may or may not be taking a brief hiatus afterwards due to the HOF/AHOF/work, we shall see.

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 23/3/2013 2:36:14 AM   
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I like the sequel more, yeah. Actually I love the sequel. Among fans it generally seems to be the more popular of the two. It has some great songs too. There's some lyrics in there that would have made the Neighbours theme tune more appealing.

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 23/3/2013 4:08:50 AM   
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I like the sequel more, yeah. Actually I love the sequel. Among fans it generally seems to be the more popular of the two. It has some great songs too. There's some lyrics in there that would have made the Neighbours theme tune more appealing.


I'll give it a look after the next few films on the list And oh god now I'm going to have the Neighbours theme in my head all day, cheers Rawls

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 23/3/2013 4:40:47 AM   
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Just imagine that Barry Crocker really is Barry McKenzie and he's looking down on the characters in Neighbours with contempt.

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 23/3/2013 8:04:44 AM   
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Just imagine that Barry Crocker really is Barry McKenzie and he's looking down on the characters in Neighbours with contempt.


It's a good mental image I'd rather he invade the set of the much shittier Home and Away and chunder on everybody.

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 26/3/2013 10:48:18 PM   
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My write-up for Picnic at Hanging Rock will be up shortly!

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 26/3/2013 11:57:46 PM   
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Film #4 - Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975, Weir)

Arguably the most famous film I'll be covering for this list, Peter Weir's iconic Picnic at Hanging Rock is possibly the film that made not only America but the rest of the world fully realise the potential our film industry had. The tale of three young girls and their teacher disappearing during a field trip to Hanging Rock, a geological marvel in my home state of Victoria, is a tantalising one to say the least. I'll throw in an obligatory SPOILER ALERT, and add that the fact the film/novel offers no solution to what really happened on the day makes the film all the more mysterious and engrossing. Since I'm throwing praise at the film at this time, there's a few other things within the film that deserve heaps of praise. Picnic, like Wake in Fright and Walkabout uses it's locations quite exquisitely. Whether it be interior shots of Appleyard College or scenes at the rock itself, it's beautifully shot. In fact, the first half hour of the film contains shots that I swear would be excellent paintings. There's one moment in particular of two girls looking out a window while one of the girls reads poetry that reminded me of Bergman for some reason (A huge compliment from anyone except maybe an enemy of film ). The music in the film is also worth mentioning, especially the panpipe main theme which is just lovely. There were a few things through-out the film which irked me a tad but nothing major. A few performances frustrated me (Edith is easily one of the most annoying characters in anything ever), and for some reason the film felt much less interesting and intriguing after the first 40 minutes or so. The picnic, and before the picnic especially had me completely engrossed and I could barely look away but I felt much less involved afterwards. Regardless, Picnic at Hanging Rock is an excellent period piece and one of the true greats of Australian film. I'm glad I came out of the film with more then just an appreciation for it's impact, because I was really hoping I wouldn't be disappointed

Random Thoughts:
Seeing a young John Jarratt and Jacki Weaver was a bit mind-blowing. I even refrained from making mental Wolf Creek references whenever Jarratt was on which is an accomplishment for me

I have a massive crush on Mademoiselle de Poitiers.

The fact they put bridal veil fabric over the camera lens during the picnic scenes is a stroke of absolute genius.

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 27/3/2013 12:05:27 AM   
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Good man.

Thought of this list last night, was watching Frenchman's Farm. Ever see it?

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 27/3/2013 12:10:55 AM   
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Can't say I have, it certainly sounds interesting. I'll add it to the list

I'll probably end up watching Sunday Too Far Away tonight since I've got a copy with me. I want to smash through the list as quickly as possible before work/HOF takes over

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 27/3/2013 5:27:53 AM   
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There must be somebody else out there who doesn't like Hanging Rock.

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So, sir, we let him have it right up! And I have to report, sir, he did not like it, sir.

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 27/3/2013 7:37:04 AM   
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There must be somebody else out there who doesn't like Hanging Rock.


I tried to find an bout de souffle gif so I could pick on you for disliking great films but I couldn't find a decent one to express how I felt

So here's Bunk instead



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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 27/3/2013 9:22:42 AM   
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The Bunk >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> bout de souffle

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 27/3/2013 9:59:07 AM   
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I actually agree with you on that one! To be fair, bout de souffle would barely make my Top 3 Godard. The Bunk however is just awesome.

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 1/5/2013 3:39:35 AM   
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Urghh at my massive failure of watching A Sunday Too Far Away like I said I would earlier on in the thread

But in all seriousness, I've nearly finished my HOF viewing so this thread will kick back off very very soon.

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 1/5/2013 10:00:56 AM   
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Picnic at Hanging Rock is incredible.

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 6/5/2013 6:01:39 AM   
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Picnic at Hanging Rock is incredible.


That it is

Just finished Sunday Too Far Away, the review shall be up shortly!

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 6/5/2013 8:20:19 AM   
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Film #5 - Sunday Too Far Away (1975, Hannam)

Spoilers

As I watched Sunday Too Far Away, the seminal sheep shearing Australian film starring Jack Thompson, I couldn't help but draw comparisons with Wake In Fright. Both have very desloate landscapes, both have a LOT of alcohol comsumption and both have Jack Thompson in their cast. Another key feature they both share is the grubby grimy quality of the people and their surroundings. Sunday Too Far Away is held in quite high esteem for it's realism and it's apparent spot-on depiction of the life of a shearer. The hard drinking, hard living and bullshit talking Aussie shearer is something I'm well aware of and I've even met a few. The cast including Thompson, Max Cullen and John Ewart look like they just strolled out of the sheds in real life and are about to go down to the pub for a few pots of draught (Thompson actually worked a shearer as well!). The look, performances and general atmostphere is pretty spot-on but the few problems that exist in the film as well hinder it quite a lot. Some plot-lines are brought up and then dropped here and there very oddly. This could have more to do with the fact the film was cut from 2 hours to an hour and a half by the producers. A romantic subplot from Thompson's Foley and the grazier's daughter was almost entirely cut except for a few select scenes. I would have also loved to see more of the scab vs. shearers subplot as well. There has even been talk of a 2 and a half hour cut as well so the slightly scattered story-line might be saved if a Director's Cut ever surfaces but until then, Sunday Too Far Away remains a very flawed but still quietly fascinating insight into a rough but honest part of Australian life.

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 6/5/2013 11:01:35 AM   
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ORIGINAL: scarface666brooksy!!


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Picnic at Hanging Rock is incredible.


That it is



How can two people be so wrong?

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 7/5/2013 1:01:40 AM   
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Picnic at Hanging Rock is incredible.


That it is



How can two people be so wrong?


Pretty easily apparently Awesome av by the way!

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 7/5/2013 1:26:14 PM   
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Cheers. There are a whole bunch of avs I really would like to use but they'd wreck the show for anyone who isn't caught up with it

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 7/5/2013 8:53:29 PM   
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Cheers. There are a whole bunch of avs I really would like to use but they'd wreck the show for anyone who isn't caught up with it


I tend to avoid anything Breaking Bad if there's ever the chance for spoilers Luckily I'm caught up so it's not much of a worry.

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 7/5/2013 8:59:30 PM   
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Thought I'd already commented, but great review. What's up next?

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 7/5/2013 9:04:54 PM   
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Thought I'd already commented, but great review. What's up next?


Cheers and The Last Wave is up next. I'm actually really excited to see it, I've heard great things.

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 7/5/2013 9:21:38 PM   
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It is fantastic. One of my favourite films.

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 8/5/2013 5:02:47 AM   
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It is fantastic. One of my favourite films.


Better then Picnic?

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 8/5/2013 5:46:20 AM   
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Cheers. There are a whole bunch of avs I really would like to use but they'd wreck the show for anyone who isn't caught up with it


I tend to avoid anything Breaking Bad if there's ever the chance for spoilers Luckily I'm caught up so it's not much of a worry.



The final 8 episodes can't arrive fast enough.


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So, sir, we let him have it right up! And I have to report, sir, he did not like it, sir.

Fellow scientists, poindexters, geeks.

Yeah, Mr. White! Yeah, science!

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RE: Brooksy's Trek Through Aussie Film - 8/5/2013 7:48:29 AM   
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The final 8 episodes can't arrive fast enough.



I'm not even kidding when I say it's the thing I've been most looking forward to this year! That and Kanye's new album

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