Seventies ‘Straya goes on a wacky Safari MOVIE
Writer and director Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) has gathered an all-star Australian ensemble cast to tell his 1970s tale of a whale beached in Queensland.
Eccentric couples Keith (Guy Pearce) and Kaye Hall (Kylie Minogue), Rick (Julian McMahon) and Jo Jones (Radha Mitchell), and Bob (Jeremy Sims) and Gale Marsh (Asher Keddie) live in the same suburban street and their children congregate to cause havoc in the neighbourhood.
Budding filmmaker Jeff Marsh (Atticus Robb) uses all the kids in the street to perform stunts that get increasingly more dangerous as the film progresses. The parents are more interested in throwing a fondue party and exploring the sexual revolution than disciplining their children but after an evening of experimentation goes wrong, the families start feuding.
Oscar-winning designer for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Lizzy Gardiner again teamed up with Elliott for this film.
Gardiner’s use of bad facial hair and outlandish outfits takes viewers on a blast back to the past.
While the beginning of the film is all hilarity, the storyline goes a little haywire after the party scene but this movie is more about fun and reminiscing.
The cast have embraced their wacky, larger-than-life characters and are not afraid to show a lot of flesh — budgie smugglers are a prominent item of clothing.
While this film doesn’t come close to the heights of Priscilla, it is a whole lot of ridiculous fun that is a visual feast for anyone with a penchant for the 1970s.
Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue in Swinging Safari.