This Ozploitation cult classic would be a major influence of Quentin Tarentino’s portion of Grindhouse, the modern cult classic Death Proof.
Jessica runs an animal preserve in the Australian Outback. However, as of late, a group of hunters have been invading the preserve in order to score some major game. When Jessica discovers a joey was shot in the leg, she intends to nurse the baby kangaroo back to health. Soon enough, she meets the trio of hunters who are causing trouble for her. Sunny, Ringo, and Sparks are the ones who are causing trouble and despite all efforts from Jessica to have them stop, the efforts prove futile.
After constant taunting, the trio decide to make an example out of Jessica. They attack her and tie her up to the grill of their vehicle. Jessica is so disturbed by what’s happened that she passes out. Upon waking up, she decides enough is enough. She hatches a plan to get rid of the hunters by any means necessary. When the hunters continue to prove their relentlessness, an incident forces Jessica to take them head on and ensure that the hunters now become “fair game”.
This 80’s Ozploitation cult classic is getting its footing again Stateside as the film was released in theaters yesterday. This film is a prime example of the “female revenge” film and a pivotal scene in the film would be the basis for a pivotal scene in Quentin Tarentino’s Death Proof film, part of the Grindhouse compilation with Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror the other half. The tone of the film does have its similarities to American “female revenge” films, but the level of exploitative T&A here is tame compared to their Hollywood counterparts.
Cassandra Delaney is excellent in the role of mild-mannered animal preserve director Jessica, who soon transforms into the strong-willed warrior who slowly hatches a plan to stop three hunters who first hunt kangaroos until they make Jessica’s life more miserable by killing the other animals. However, it is when Jessica is not raped, but tied to the vehicle on and they tear pieces of her clothing that she decides to seek revenge for both herself and the animals.
What’s interesting here are that the trio of hunters all have different personalities, which make more for the stereotypes of these brand of villains and their motive of being hunted and taken down. Peter Ford’s Sunny is the headstrong leader of the group who has a stone face and reacts with such a look. David Sandford’s Ringo is the most psychotic of the bunch and it’s clear via his reactions that something clearly isn’t all there in his head. Then comes Garry Who’s Sparks, the bumbling goofball member of the trio who tends to think he can get the upper hand on Jessica, but her mettle proves different. The plan of revenge is in stages, but one the final ten minutes arrive, then the action amps up and will satisfy fans of the genre.
Fair Game is a well-made Ozploitation female revenge flick. While it may be tame compared to its American counterparts, the cast do well enough to satisfy fans of the genre, making this a film not to be completely ignored.
WFG RATING: B
Dark Star Pictures and Umbrella Entertainment presents a Southern Films International Pty Ltd. Production. Director: Mario Andreacchio. Producers: Harley Manners and Ron Saunders. Writer: Rob George. Cinematography: Andrew Lesnie. Editing: Andrew Prowse.
Cast: Cassandra Delaney, Peter Ford, David Sandford, Garry Who, Don Barker, Carmel Young, Adrian Shirley, Wayne Anthony.
The film was re-released in North American theaters on July 8 and will be available On Demand on July 12.