Seven­ties ‘Straya goes on a wacky Sa­fari MOVIE

Broome Advertiser - - Happenings Lifestyle - Swing­ing Sa­fari (M) Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Ju­lian McMa­hon, Radha Mitchell, Jeremy Sims and Asher Ked­die Di­rec­tor Stephan El­liott Re­view An­nelies Gart­ner

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.

Pic­ture: Vince Val­i­tutti

Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue in Swing­ing Sa­fari.

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