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In defense of wet fish slapping


This is an interesting piece from the Fairfax that is decrying the fact that the ABC movie show has declined to do on onscreen review of “Wolf Creek 2”

They dismissed the locally made horror film in the final seconds of their ABC-TV review program At The Movies this week with the words, ”We’ve chosen not to review Wolf Creek 2, but on our website you’ll find interviews with director Greg McLean and actor John Jarratt”. (Said interviews were filmed, it seems, without the involvement of either of the show’s hosts.) In declining to consider a movie that topped the local box office last weekend with a haul of $1.7 million, they handed its makers an almighty slap across the face with a wet fish. More importantly, they abnegated their responsibility as Australia’s most-watched movie critics. Yet Stratton reviewed the film for The Australian. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/big-bad-wolf-margaret-and-david-snub-local-horror-movie-20140226-33ihm.html#ixzz2uTHPLW32

Now I may be wrong but it seems to me that the complainant from Fairfax seems to think that because the movie is a financial success that its rather questionable content should be overlooked by David and Margret. Now I happily admit that I do like a good horror film but I have very little time for those which have no moral center, the ones that are just a spalaterfest or “torture porn” do nothing for me but elicit disgust. So I say that David and Margret are perfectly entitled to decline to review ANY film just the same  as Fairfax are even if that film has been made here.

It certainly explains why the Aussie film industry is in the toilet though, they seem to produce either dreary soul searching angsty crap or rubbishy torture porn, what ever happened to films about people that we can like or believe in?

Cheers Comrades




  1. Ray Dixon says:

    Movies, TV drama (and TV reality shows) and comedy are not strong suits for Australia. We should stick to sport, music and corporate greed – things we’re good at. As for the refusal to review this particular movie, the presenters are under no obligation or responsibility whatsoever to review any one movie, Australian or not. It is their decision entirely and complaining about it is like complaining that you don’t like the colour of Stretton’s tie (or Margaret’s ears). So what?

  2. Iain Hall says:

    I disagree that we can’t make good televisual drama, some of the shows produced here are very good indeed the problem with most of the feature films made in the last twenty years is that they are just trying too hard to “worthy”. I don’t endorse your alternative trifectca though, sport is tedious, music I like but its very hard to make a quid from these days and as for corporate greed well I don’t think that we are in any sense ahead of the curve on that at all

  3. richard ryan says:

    Wolf Creek 2—-great movie—-who gives a f#ck about critics—-can’t wait to see Wolf Creek 3—–back packers will be scared—-so many different, ways of killing human vermin. I have given it 5 stars.

  4. richard ryan says:

    Too much imported shit—–from America—–support Aussie films,— you mugs

  5. richard ryan says:

    critics are vermin—–who bludge of other people’s greatness.

  6. GD says:

    Why am I not surprised that Richard Ryan likes Wolf Creek 2?

  7. richard ryan says:

    I like all Aussie movies, movies who stand out for me are Wake in Fright, Lantana, and Mad Max.

  8. Ray Dixon says:

    Well Iain (and Richard), let’s just say that we have different opinions on the quality of Austn movies and television. Of course “some” are good but the vast majority, in my opinion, are crap. Yeah, America makes a lot of crap movies & TV too, but they also make the very best. As does the UK. We suck in that field.

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