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Fair Game

Fair Game (Mario Andreacchio, 1986) aka She Was Fair Game; dp Andrew Lesnie; Cassandra Delaney, Peter Ford, David Sandford, Garry Who; three kangaroo hunters terrorise isolated woman, who then kills them; shot around Burra, SA

Quentin Tarantino liked this a lot, and says so enthusiastically in Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild Untold Story of Ozploitation! (Mark Hartley, 2008). He enjoyed the sight of a naked woman being used as a 'hood ornament' (Cassandra Delaney, later Mrs John Denver, tied to the bonnet of a truck being driven around pointlessly by some maniacs).

Most critics ignored it, but Andrew Urban whipped himself into enthusiasm for it:

'Excellent sound work fused with the eclectic score works well to ramp up the tension when half way through the film the tension bar is raised to fever pitch. Delaney looks great with her big hair and skimpy gear, the cinematography is outstanding and the tricked up workhorse of a truck with its fat tyres, menacing, red-eye headlights and winged-horn bullbar an iconic presence. It's to the front of this machine beast that Delaney's Jessica is stripped and strapped like a figurine on the prow of a ship - but not as a respected mascot, more as a live prize in a dead end game. Iconic stuff.'

The dp was Andrew Lesnie, who later won an Oscar.

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