DEAD END DRIVE-IN The Prisoner Of Fender
released 19 september 1987 | 15 | blu-ray/dVd Director brian trenchard-smith Cast Ned manning, Natalie mcCurry, peter Whitford, Ollie Hall
Dead End Drive-In may look like a parade of garish ’80s B-movie tropes, but it’s smarter – and weirder – than that.
Global recession has left the world in poverty. Crime is surging and gangs of Quincy Punks roam the streets. Jimmy (Ned Manning) borrows his brother’s Chevvy to take Carmen (Natalie McCurry) to the old Star Drive-In – but the pair soon find themselves trapped inside the parking lot, which is in fact a concentration camp. While Carmen settles into an easy life of partying, Jimmy determines to break out.
Think The Prisoner with Mad Max fashion and drag racers instead of blazers and Mini Mokes and you’re close to the tone. The acting and dialogue are all over the place, but director Brian TrenchardSmith bathes the film in neon lights and amber Australian sunsets, making for a visual treat that also has something to say about how poverty and racism affect society.
Extras An entertaining commentary from director Brian Trenchard-Smith, plus his 1973 documentary “The Stuntmen” and public information film “Hospitals Don’t Burn Down!”. There’s also a trailer and a gallery. Will Salmon
One impressive stunt set the then world record for a jump by a truck, with it reaching a whopping 162 feet.
Someone tell that sheet of paper to move!