Long Weekend (DVD)

Eco Warrior

As celebrated in Mark Hartley’s recent, excellent documentary Not Quite Hollywood, the Australian horror genre has a gloriously schlocky history. A raft of outlandish movies from Down Under rocked the international scene in the 1970s and 80s, including films like Razorback, Patrick and Mad Max. One of this tribe was Colin Eggleson’s 1978 shocker Long Weekend, which starred John Hargreaves and Briony Behets as the city dwellers who mistreat a rural paradise at their peril.

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Not Quite Hollywood (2008)

Strewth, mate, that’s a mighty fine doc you got there…

Although the documentary has become one of the most prolific genres in recent years, it is also one of the most potentially problematic. In this age of readily available technology anyone can pick up a camera and wax lyrical about any subject they choose, but it still takes some serious film-making talent to make said subject accessible and entertaining for a wider audience. With Not Quite Hollywood, Mark Hartley proves he is such a director – and then some.

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