A stellar example of what I understand is a genre, the parody overlay. A cult movie and not only in Australia. That’s sort of surprising as the language and expressions and accents are so very Aussie. In fact we had a New Zealander watching with us who occasionally interjected. What’s ‘grouse’? Well, this film is an example. Excellent. Wonderful. Amazing.
I’m starting to wonder if there is an inverse relationship between budget and quality of movies. The bigger the budget the more one has available for ‘stars’ and ‘special effects’, and the less needs to be spent on script, ideas, creativity, acting, characters. Start off with almost nothing and the crew has to be careful and lovingly thoughtful about every dollar spent.
This is the second Australian movie we’ve watched in a row where the funding has come from an ‘ordinary’ businessman with a light-bulb moment. Kenny was financed by a toilet company. And Hercules Returns was financed by a businessman who saw one of the gang’s live renditions of the dubbed overlay and saw the opportunity to make it something more. Ironically, because it was considered necessary to have recognised actors in the main parts, they only mime their parts during the part of the movie where they show the movie.
Bruce Spence is in a pub bar, holding a dude up against the wall. He’s angry. ‘Now I’ll ask you just one more time. Do you agree that Martin Scorcese injects some autobiographical content into the majority of his films?’ The dude is frantically nodding yes. You can see it just past the 6 minute mark here. What a great comic talent Bruce Spence is.
If you love films, the very idea of the film, how could you not love this?