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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

A cen­tre­piece of this Oz­ploita­tion sea­son of cult Aussie movies is The Ad­ven­tures of Barry McKen­zie (Satur­day, 9.15pm, World Movies) from 1972. One of the great un­der­rated Aus­tralian come­dies, now largely for­got­ten, Bazza McKen­zie at the time crashed through classes, gen­ders, eth­nic­i­ties and na­tion­al­i­ties. Cre­ated by Barry Humphries, pro­duced by Phillip Adams and star­ring Barry Crocker, it was a cat­a­lyst in the res­ur­rec­tion of the lo­cal film in­dus­try, the first Aus­tralian movie to sell more than $1 mil­lion worth of tick­ets at the na­tional box of­fice. With its rib­ald hu­mour, in­ven­tive Aussie slang, great songs, slap­stick, loads of beer, vi­o­lence, vom­it­ing, vam­pires, pros­ti­tutes and kung-fu fights, the movie is a hoot, a riot, and an ab­so­lute cracker. Not quite in the same league but very funny is Humphries’ Les Pat­ter­son Saves the World (Wed­nes­day, 9.30pm) in which the un­couth, chun­der­ing Pat­ter­son teams up with Dame Edna Ever­age (also, of course, played by Humphries) to save the world from a vir­u­lent bio-ter­ror at­tack. Also star­ring Gra­ham Kennedy, Pamela Stephen­son and Joan Rivers, it’s hardly a wa­ter­shed in Humphries’ ca­reer, but none­the­less wor­thy of in­clu­sion.

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