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FAIR GAME: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
A young woman, Jessica (Cassandra Delaney) running a wildlife sanctuary in the Australian outback is in for trouble when she is confronted by three kangaroo hunters, Sony (Peter Ford), Ringo (David Sandford) and Sparks (Gary Who). Bored with killing kangaroos, they decide to kill the animals in the sanctuary, and when they see how attractive the owner is, they decide to have a little "fun" with her, too.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Cassandra Delaney went on to marry John Denver, composer Ashley Irwin went on to work in Hollywood (notably as music arranger for many Academy Awards), cinematographer Andrew Lesnie went on to win an Oscar for Lord of the Rings and debuting director Mario Andreacchio went on to direct a bunch of TV drama, and some notable children's films, like Napoleon and The Real Macaw. But back in 1986, Australian cinema was coming to the end of its era of genre filmmaking - as explored by Mark Hartley in his film Not Quite Hollywood (2008). Fair Game belongs in that frame, a good B movie for those who like the outback action version of the thriller genre. Three louts and a lone young woman, where games get dangerous.

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.

But Jessica is feisty and resourceful and the battle see saws as she tries to outwit and outfight the three goons, especially in the extended and exciting climactic sequence. Good stunt work, some fiery chase sequences, energetic direction and the ever persistent score drive a well executed action thriller that has had little recognition - until now, perhaps.

Published September 25, 2008

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FAIR GAME: DVD (M)
(Aust, 1986)

CAST: Cassandra Delaney, Peter Ford, David Sandford, Garry Who, Don Barker, Carmel Young, Adrain Shirley, Wayne Anthony

PRODUCER: Ron Saunders, Harley Manners

DIRECTOR: Mario Andreacchio

SCRIPT: Rob George

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Andrew Lesnie

EDITOR: Andrew Prowse

MUSIC: Ashley Irwin

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Kimble Hilder

OTHER: Glenn Boswell (action co-ordinator)

RUNNING TIME: 82 minutes

PRESENTATION: Full screen 4:3

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Beyond HE

DVD RELEASE: September 17, 2008







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