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Centrespread (1981)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 15 October 1981 (Australia)
The Story of a photographer's struggle in the glamorous world of nude modeling.

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Tony Paterson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kylie Foster Kylie Foster ... Niki
Paul Trahair Paul Trahair ... Gerard
Mark Watson Mark Watson ... Mark
Ivor Louis Ivor Louis ... Editor
Jack Neate Jack Neate ... Old Man
Edson Annan Edson Annan ... Boss
Paula Carter Paula Carter ... Waitress
Colin Moglia Colin Moglia ... Droog
Carmen J. McCall Carmen J. McCall ... House Model
Helina McCall Helina McCall ... Bald Lady
Mark Bonnet Mark Bonnet ... Rapist
Nicci Lane Nicci Lane ... Motorbike Girl (as Brenda Knowles)
Simon Boyce Simon Boyce ... Seducer
Julie Christy Julie Christy ... Seducer
Amber Amber ... Paint Girl
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The Story of a photographer's struggle in the glamorous world of nude modeling.

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Year.....2010 AD. Location.....Xernon. Mission.....Ultimate.....Centrespread.....Girl See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1981 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Centerspread See more »

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Budget:

AUD600,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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In the UK, the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) ordered cuts totaling two minutes and ten seconds in order for the film to secure an '18' rating. The BBFC website states: "This work was cut. To obtain this category cuts of 2m 10s were required". This UK version of 'Centrespread' (1981) is now available on the Australian Blu-Ray release. See more »

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Softcore faux-Sci Fi Ozploitation masterpiece
2 April 2014 | by duncamaxSee all my reviews

When I was younger I read a book about the history of cinematic Sci-Fi by the late John Brosnan. He spent some time discerning between "classical sci-fi" which deals with the implications of future technology or circumstances (such as 2001, Mad Max II or Bladerunner); "space opera" fare (which are "universal myth"-type films adapted to a sci-fi setting; Star Wars is the obvious example); and finally - films/story lines which could just as easily be set in the current day and have nothing to do at all with sci-fi beyond using its trappings as a marketing hook (Outland might be an example). Naturally an aficionado of sci-fi like Brosnan was contemptuous of the last category.

Some time later I saw Centrespread on late-night TV and I immediately thought "Wow! This is exactly what he was talking about in his book!" The premise of the plot as I understand it (from memory; this was about 1994) is that in the dystopian future, the powers-that-be published a porn mag to keep the rebellious masses docile; the protagonist is a photographer working for that publication. Beyond the costumes, sets and occasional references to the "badlands of Sector G", it's a soap opera about the photographer, his model and his boss. Other than that, it looks and sounds like it's set in late-'70s Adelaide and the surrounding environs like Maslin Beach (conveniently clothing-optional for the location shots); which as a native of the locale is fascinating to me. The only thing dystopian about it is the grim and shocking vision of cameras that were apparently going to get encumberingly larger rather than smart-phone sized. We dodged a bullet there, kids!

The stilted acting, uninspired dialogue and crummy effects are naturally awesome, but I'll second everybody else and suggest that it could have used more nudity. I'll also assume that the budget could have stretched further if they'd just set it in the Adelaide of the day rather than the vaguely Mad Max-ian future - the story wouldn't have suffered.

One of those fascinating films which purport to say something about the future they're set in but end up saying more about the past they were produced in. I'd watch it again - hopefully next time accompanied.


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