Australia, 1986 (MIFF 2017, Sci-Fi)

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith

One of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite Ozploitation films, Dead-End Drive Intakes us to a world where there's a party every day, a movie every night, and all the junk food you can eat. What more can a kid want ... except to get out.

In the dark future of 1995, society has collapsed and crime is everywhere. Drive-in cinemas have been turned into high-security prisons, with juvenile delinquents fenced in and provided with all the food, drugs, booze and music they need to remain complacent. When a young man named Crabs and his girlfriend Carmen are mistakenly trapped inside the compound, they must do everything they can to escape the gangs, corrupt police, and evil cinema owner so they can escape the horror of the drive-in and return to the outside world.

This action-horror-science fiction is directed by the legendary Brian Trenchard-Smith (BMX Bandits; Turkey Shoot, MIFF 2008). Filmed in 1985 and a classic of the Ozploitation movement, it was in part inspired by the plight of Vietnamese boat people in Australia and its potent engagement with racism, immigration and mandatory detention – or our society’s lack of progress on the same – continue to make it frighteningly relevant to our current world.

'Takes on subversion, the immigrant crisis, the culture clash between generations, and Australia's paranoia over the changing demographics of its country … The result is a pulse-pounding action explosion that is just as fun to watch in-between the explosions as during them.' – Screen Anarchy

Please note - this film screens as part of MIFF's Sci Fi Marathon. All tickets to the event are 18+


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