DEAD END DRIVE-IN The Pris­oner Of Fender

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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!

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