The first trailer for the writer/director Stephan Elliott’s new film Swinging Safari (formerly titled Flammable Children) hit the net this week, reuniting Neighbours alumni Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue. Even by Elliott’s standards (his best-known films are Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and Welcome to Woop Woop) it is completely batshit crazy, depicting a view of the 70s rife with booze, sun, surf and sex.
The “swinging” in the title refers to the non-dancing kind. There are visions of kink aplenty, positioning the film in a pantheon of raunchy Australian comedies and/or what-the-hell-were-they-thinking feats of cinematic impropriety. This type of film exploded in the 1970s and 80s, after the country’s pernicious censorship laws were relaxed a little and