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Machete Maidens Unleashed!

Machete Maidens Unleashed!

Mark Hartley

  • Country: Australia
  • Year: 2010
  • Language: English
  • Producer: Veronica Fury
  • Screenplay: Mark Hartley
  • Runtime: 85
  • Programmes:

From cult cinema documentary director Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood) comes this account of the wild and unruly world of genre filmmaking in the Philippines when the country was a back-lot for a bevy of B-movie mavericks and cinema visionaries.


screening times

    • Sunday September 12
    • 8:00:00 PM
    • AMC 10
    • Tuesday September 14
    • 5:00:00 PM
    • AMC 10
    • Saturday September 18
    • 12:30:00 PM
    • AMC 7

Note: indicates Premium Screening.

official description

Two years after schooling the Midnight Madness crowd with Not Quite Hollywood, a dizzying doc on Australia’s genre cinema of the seventies and eighties, Mark Hartley returns with another ambitious assessment of all things ’sploitation. This time, we’re taken on a trip to examine the decade-spanning, B movie movement in the budget-friendly Philippines.

Machete Maidens Unleashed! begins in the early seventies, when the country’s low production costs and exotic locale encouraged many American filmmakers to shoot there. In a country with considerably narrower views on the subject of taste, dozens of monster movies, women-in-prison flicks and blaxploitation actioners were being churned out at an increasingly rapid rate, and familiar names like Roger Corman and Pam Grier were often along for the ride. This prolific output continued right through the decade and climaxed with Francis Ford Coppola’s seminal Apocalypse Now, which left dozens of sets and props for lo-fi filmmakers to recycle for years to come.

In the early eighties, the country finally saw its own raunchy renaissance, with an international film festival, lucrative film market and distinct brand of filmmaking to call its own. At the centre of this creatively fertile period was the James Bond send-up For Y’ur Height Only, starring the somewhat legendary cult icon Weng Weng as a pint-sized secret agent.

In order to flesh out (pun absolutely intended) the country’s cinematic heyday, Hartley’s esoteric exposé features candid interviews from Corman, Joe Dante, John Landis, Eddie Romero and a slew of renowned filmmakers, actors and critics, all of whom provide revealing, often scandalous, anecdotes about this no-holds-barred era and region in movie making. So sit back and enjoy one of the most outlandish studies in film history ever told. You’re going to need a bigger video store.

Colin Geddes

director bio

Mark Hartley was born in Melbourne and studied at the Swinburne School of Film and Television. He began his career in the film industry as an editor and went on to direct more than one hundred and fifty music videos. Since 2003, he has developed DVD special features for Australian films. His feature documentaries include Not Quite Hollywood (08), which screened at the Festival, and Machete Maidens Unleashed! (10).

full credits

Principal Cast: Roger Corman, Joe Dante, John Landis, Sid Haig, Eddie Romero.
Veronica Fury
Karl von Moller
Sara Edwards, Mark Hartley
Jock Healy, Rob McKenzie
Jamie Blanks
International Sales Agent:
 Celluloid Nightmares, ABC Commercial
Production Company:
Fury Productions
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