Live Poll: Best Ozploitation Movie

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An 'Ozploitation' film is defined as any genre film that's made in the land down under, Australia! These types of films peaked in the 70s and 80s but declined in the beginning of the 90s. They then had a little resurgence, particularly when Wolf Creek became a hit, and they still get made today albeit in lesser numbers. So I thought I would make this list as a tribute to the Australian film industry. Which one is your favourite?

List- https://www.imdb.com/list/ls045177588/

Poll- https://www.imdb.com/poll/TwNliuyCOZ8/

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Although selection is already quite good and there's no free space currently, FYC:
The Punisher (1989)
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Oh yes, I forgot that was filmed in Sydney! I'll try adding it to the list. 
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Mad Max movies
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I suggested this 4+ years ago but it didn't get any traction. Perhaps you'll have better luck.

My list, if you want to compare:
https://www.imdb.com/list/ls070958580/

Not sure if all the titles you chose actually fall into the category of Ozploitation...but I'm probably wrong. :)
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Yeah they are very similar- you have some I don't have which is cool. Are there any titles in particular which strike you as irrelevant or don't belong? I'm all up for feedback!
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Ozploitation means more than just a film set in Australia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozploitation

I suggest taking off The Punisher and removing Fury Road from the list of Mad Max films.
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Ok I'll The Punisher off- it was suggested by Nikolay and while it was made in Australia and uses iconic locations such as Luna Park, the story is set in New York.

I believe Mad Max: Fury Road still qualifies as Ozploitation- yes a lot of the film was filmed in Namibia but the cast is largely Australian (and put on Australian accents if they're not), the crew were mostly Australian and even some scenes were filmed in Australia including the climactic truck turnover.
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Well, the only reason Fury Road was not filmed mostly in Australia was an unusually rainy weather which made everything green. And yes, they filmed plenty of pick-ups and reshoots in Australia and the setting is still there, as well. 
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Yes, Broken Hill isn't quite as dry as it once was... I do think they made a good call though and the movie was spectacular! 
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There was plenty of greenery around in the first film. It was the only one that made any sense 
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They all make sense- the first is a dystopian film and the rest are set further in a post-apocalyptic future.
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Yeah, I never got the "dystopian" aspect in the first film. In the first one he was a cop in a functioning police force until his captain put him on stress leave because he wanted to quit after they'd had trouble with a gang of flouncy bikers. They still had plenty of businesses operating, diners, mechanics, & towies, and still had hospitals to patch them up. Guessing by Johnny breaking the lock on the RACV phone on the side of the highway, they still had roadside assist. What sort of dystopia affords a cop in a depleted police force the chance to take leave with their wife, sprog, & spaniel dog for a beachside holiday? 
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The beginning of the first Mad Max film opens with text reading that it's set in the "not too distant future". George Miller made it intentionally vague to make the audience wonder what caused this increased chaos- was it the government? was it the power of gang violence? was it the economy? Despite this there's still running business and services, still remnants of our civilisation. However, the power of the police force is declining, with bureaucrats and shady lawyers defending the clearly guilty gang members. The police force is only operating on the basis to make 'heros' and to fend off the threat of gang members and vehicular collisions, without them the gangs will essentially take over the world. It's all satirical and when Max is forced to act as a vigilante to cruelly execute scum like Johnny the Boy- it's a clear statement on where the future is heading, which is what dystopian literature always does. By the second film the world has suffered atomic wars and huge economic crisis- transforming the setting into a truly post-apocalyptic future and not just one that is dystopian.
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Rob Webster, atmosphere in the first Mad Max (1979) was meant to be more of "before it goes to hell" rather then "we're already there". It actually does a fairly good job at depicting seemingly functioning society descending into chaos under pressure of (largely omitted in the actual movie) political and economical issues. 

That movie became a personal cherished favorite of mine (to a point when I was inspired to pursue my driver's license by it) way before area where I was living quite suddenly burst into a budding war conflict zone in mere months. I'm not saying it looked and felt exactly like what we see in the movie, but it was similar enough for me to never shrug off the association afterwards. Similarly to the movie businesses worked, people lived their life and despite some incidents most of the people were quite sure it will hardly be a problem. I'm pretty sure by that time there were enough people like Max in the are already: devastated after loosing everything. They then either fought on some side or drifted away.  
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Ozploitation means, Australia as a country or a continent?
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Both!
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Mad Max.
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I suggested taking Fury Road off more for financial reasons. The budget was probably as much as all the others combined. From the Wiki entry: Ozploitation films are exploitation films – a category of low-budget horrorcomedy, and action films.

And yet, it is on their list as well so...
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Hmm I don't think budget should matter honestly- it has the foundations of an Ozploitation genre film thus it makes my list.
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Thanks :)
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If comedy is part of Ozploitation, why didn't Crocodile Dundee make the list?
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Ozploitation means there needs to be an exploitation- whether it be sex, violence, horror, action, etc. With the comedy's on the list they exploit some of those things. I think Crocodile Dundee might be too mainstream. Possibly it exploits the scenario of Australian culture meeting with American culture? Either way despite its reputation I feel it doesn't belong with the other Ozploitation films.  
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I can't think of a movie that exploits the Australian way of life better than Croc Dundee.
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He needed a bigger didgeridoo, a larger knife, and a case of Fosters instead of a Six Pack!
That's Ozploitation!

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Not the best, but my favorite is Turkey Shoot. I can't believe I watched it as a kid with my parents. We didn't know what it was before we put the cassette on.

I still don't know what it is after seeing it more than once.