I am unaware of any book on Australian Cult Cinema. Scott Murray edited in
Australian Film 1978 - 1994 Oxford University Press. Susan Dermody and Liz
Jacka covered some of the more eccentric films in their books on Australian
Cinema. Phil (his surname slips my mind) also covered some Australian films
in his Glossy magazine on exploitation flics. There have been some locally
published fanzines on the subject of cult and exploitation films but these
have stressed Hong Kong films.
When Tarrantino addressed the crowd at the premiere of Kill Bill one, he
mentioned actor John Jarret and direcor Brian Trenchard-Smith. The crowd
murmured approval but I'd be surprised if even ten percent of the audience
had seen Turkey Shoot, Dead End Drive Inn and other Tarrantino favourites.
While studying Cinema I worked at a tiny indy theatre then called the
Mandolin (originally called Mandarin as it showed Hong Kong movies for
Sydney's large Asian community). I had the chance to see many minor films
like Zombie Brigade etc. Except for the Peter Jackson zombie comedies most
had a very limited release or were never commercially released. In fact
Tarrantino has probably seen many more of these films than the average
If I do a Phd I'll do it on Australasian horror/cult/exploitation but right
now I'm busy writing, editing and teaching for a living.
However I will pass your query on to some other interested parties. There
may have been publications that have slipped by me.
All the best
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