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G'day mate and Happy Australia Day! Usually here on The Digital Fix that means you're treated to an influx of reviews from our resident ozzie film expert Gary Couzens, but now that we've got our very own Film Podcast up and running the team felt they could tempt Gary aboard with an Australia Day Special! Yes we're going to spend the last of our two-hour bi-weekly podcasts* celebrating the history of Australian Cinema from its grass roots at the turn of the century right through to the veritable tidal wave of Antipodean talent that's splashing around in Hollywood today!
We're going to condense just over a century of cinema down into the most celebrated and vibrant periods of creativity: Chiefly the birth of the Australian New Wave in the 70s that came about thanks to the popularity of the salacious "Ocker" comedies at the start of the decade, through to the period classics that achieved critical plaudits and high mainstream exposure throughout the world in the late 70s. We'll then move on to explore the rise of "Ozploitation" in the 80s spearheaded by the success of Mad Max and then cast our gaze over the more conventional genre films that blazed a trail in the late 80s and 90s after a certain crocodile-poaching icon proved that Australia could (very, very occasionally) match Hollywood punch-for-punch at the world box-office. We'll then finish off by examining the films and stars that have made their mark on the world scene in the 21st Century.
* Starting in February our podcasts will shift to a shorter format with a weekly release schedule!!
Episode 21 contributors: Mike Sutton (host), Gary Couzens, Rob Bayley, and Matt Shingleton
Here's some trailers from a small selection of the titles we'll be discussing:
The Adventures of Barry McKenzie
Wake in Fright
Picnic at Hanging Rock
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
As always we hope you'll get in touch with us in the comments section if you feel like chiming in on the subject at hand
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