At The Movies with Heath Killen – New Wave

by Jenny Butler
Tuesday 15th November 2011

Another fantastic day full of film posters with Heath Killen. As part of his Guest Blog this week, Heath has offered an amazing giveaway – a customised movie poster depicting the Australian film of your choice! Just leave a comment between now and 10.00pm Thursday – the winner will be drawn randomly and announced on Friday. Good luck! – Jenny x

If you haven’t seen the ozploitation documentary ‘Not Quite Hollywood‘ – I recommend doing so immediately. It’s a fascinating insight into the Australian culture of the time, and a snapshot of the film industry during a particularly frenzied and innovative period. This was a period of low-budget, high concept genre film making that  helped launch the careers of some of the giants of Australian film.

Some of the more interesting Australian film posters emerged from this time too. We see a broader range of illustration styles. Airbrushing. Collage. Typographic experiments and some pretty lurid imagery. It’s all shlock, sex and surrealism.

This is an era that has become ripe with nostalgia. Much of the design is actually pretty good, and the bad is bad in the best possible way. Impossible not to love.


by Jenny Butler
Tuesday 15th November 2011


  • Colleen 5 years ago

    Great work!

  • Rebbecca 5 years ago

    somehow, these movie posters remind me of summers spent at my nanna’s house! at her local supermarket, they had movie posters stuck up in the entrance – and they were always really old movies.

  • pete 5 years ago

    the bmx bandits is very atari with lots of colour

  • janne Blacker 5 years ago

    This would be a PERFECT gift for my son- in law.

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    a great way to celebrate oz cinema

  • Fiona 5 years ago

    I love movie posters! And these are such awesome designs!

  • Chris Bowden 5 years ago

    I like how ‘Bliss’ is described as an outrageous comedy

  • Mummageorge 5 years ago

    A mazing! I am 50 and was around for all those movies. Great to see those posters again.
    Alvin…oh Alvin.

  • Mads 5 years ago

    Awesome design and amazing knowledge you have Heath!
    Count me in for the giveaway please!

  • Alison 5 years ago

    fabulous stuff

  • Kelly 5 years ago

    A hilarious look at old graphic design :)

  • bj 5 years ago

    Love the take on the designs.
    I am awed by creativity!

  • Margie 5 years ago

    such a great era… the old 10Ba tax scheme did wonders for the Australian film industry then…

  • Lillie 5 years ago

    Will ‘Puberty Blues’ feature this week…everyone loves a fish-faced mole!

  • elissa c 5 years ago

    So many new (old) movies to check out

  • BusiChic 5 years ago

    That poster for Bliss is wonderful stuff. And BMX BANDITS – totally captures the era!

  • Kylie 5 years ago

    These posters really make me want to see these films, some again and others for the first time. I think I’ll give BMX Bandits a miss though…

  • daisy 5 years ago

    i think the Dogs In Space design actually holds up pretty well?! you just inspired me to google image search for the Romper Stomper movie poster as i cannot recall what it looked like and was expecting it to appear here possibly. and Starstruck for the matter too. great guest blog, have enjoyed all the fascinating design trends showcased this week! p.s… if i won the very fabbo prize of my very own poster I would pick the 1982 Oz gem Ginger Meggs!

  • Phoebe 5 years ago

    I love these ones, and the comment that the bad are bad in the best possible way.

  • Daniel Ng 5 years ago

    Fast! Fierce! Fantastic! haha That is so good, love it! That Patrick one gives me the chills.

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