Ozploitation screening with director Q&A

18 Jun 2022 18:30 - 22:45

A collaboration between Reel Steel Cinema and the Spirit of Independence Film Festival, this feature double-bill celebrating independent cult cinema highlights the ‘Ozploitation’ genre, with a pair of films directed by legendary cult film director Brian Trenchard-Smith.

Dead End Drive-In (1986) shows us a dystopian near-future, where the economy has crumbled and the authorities have turned drive-in movie theatres into prison camps. Existing as a microcosm of society, reflecting issues of unemployment, the state and division between communities, Dead End Drive-In packs a pertinent social narrative alongside explosive action set pieces, in the movie theatre where the price of admission is the rest of your life.

The Man From Hong Kong (1975) stars Jimmy Wang Yu (star of classic kung-fu cinema, including Master of the Flying Guillotine) as a Hong Kong detective who travels to Sydney on an international investigation into drug trafficking, stopping at nothing through an unfamiliar land to bring down a criminal kingpin (played by George Lazenby – James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service). Featuring extraordinary car chases, thrilling fight choreography and dangerous stunts, The Man From Hong Kong is a true Ozploitation classic.

Part of the ‘new wave’ of exploitation films in Australian cinema popularised in the 1970s and 80s – particularly around films such as 1979’s Mad Max – often low-budget, high-octane and anti-authoritarian, these films showed the spirit of independent filmmaking while going on to achieve a cult status.

This screening will have a very special in-person introduction and Q&A with director Brian Trenchard-Smith. With a career spanning over four decades, and a multitude of cult movie favourites to his name – including BMX Bandits, Night of the Demons II, and Leprechaun 3 – Brian is known for large-scale movies on small-scale budgets, with Quentin Tarantino naming him as his “favourite obscure director”.

  • 6:30pm – Director introduction.
  • 6:45pm – Dead-End Drive-In.
  • 8:30pm – Interview + Q&A with director.
  • 9pm – The Man from Hong Kong.


From £16.00