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  • Quentin Tarantino, Ozploitation & the ACMI Collection

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    Posted on: 20/01/2016

    While in Melbourne to promote his newest film, The Hateful Eight, master filmmaker Quentin Tarantino stopped by the ACMI Collection to peruse our archive of titles.

    Though he knows we're not a video store, you can't take the fanboy out of Tarantino, who has routinely expressed his love for 'Ozploitation' flicks. Hell, he even helped coin the phrase in Mark Hatley's Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (though he initially called it Aussieploitation).

    You can see Tarantino discuss the links between Ozploitation and independent cinema in the US during the 1980s in the clip below, but be warned, it's almost as NSFW as Django Unchained.

    Seeing as we have kilometres of moving-image materials archived under Federation Square, the Australian Mediatheque and the ACMI Collection were a natural destination for the auteur while visiting Melbourne.

    Of course, Tarantino took a great interest in our own selection of Ozploitation films and in the picture below, you can see him with our Collections & Access Manager Nick Richardson. What's probably most interesting (besides the archaic equipment in the background), is the VHS that QT fancied below.

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    After spending two and half hours touring our cinemas, biobox, Screen Worlds (he apparently loved the Mad Max Interceptor in there) and the Australian Mediatheque, QT ventured into the River Room, our collection store. Perusing a box of recent donations, he saw that he had two copies of 1986's Fair Game.

    Featuring a crazed crew of roo hunters and the beautiful conservationist they spend most of the film terrorising, Fair Game is almost a quintessential recipe for Ozploitation, which has been described, " take a dash of I Spit on Your Grave, the tense, brightly lit set pieces of And Soon the Darkness, and sprinkle them lightly with George Miller dust, and what you come up with is Fair Game."

    Not a surprising choice for a director who uses the tropes of exploitation films in his works and recently told The Guardian:

    “Australian genre films were a lot of fun because they were legitimate genre movies. They were real genre films and they dealt, in a way like the Italians did, with the excess of genre, and that has been an influence on me.”

    Got a sudden hankering to indulge in a little Aussie murder, madness and mayhem? Check out what Ozploitation titles we have in the Australian Mediatheque or our Collection.

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