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Road Games: rewatching classic Australian films

22 May 2014 9:48 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Combining a festering sense of dread with sassy, Tarantino-esque dialogue, this Hitchcockian outback thriller has lost none of its menace

Alfred Hitchcock had many appreciators and imitators, but few directors could legitimately claim to being a true "student" or "scholar" of the master of suspense. Australian filmmaker Richard Franklin was a rare exception.

Franklins first in-person interaction with Hitchcock literally took place in a school. In the late 1960s, Hitch as if to reinforce his reputation for twists and surprises unexpectedly took up an offer extended by the young film aficionado to speak to students at the University of Southern California. Franklin would visit the set of two Hitchcock films (1968s Topaz and 1976s Family Plot) and in 1983 direct the underappreciated Psycho II, returning Anthony Perkins as a much older Norman Bates.

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