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It’s be a long promotional journey for Wolf Creek 2.
What started with the premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September of 2013, continues almost 1 year later with the BluRay and DVD release.
So I can empathise with the croaky, coughing voice of John Jarratt during our 15 minute phone interview.
“I’ll give the odd interview in the ensuring years and stuff, like whenever I get an interview with anything else I do, I’ll talk about Wolf Creek. But as far as campaigns are concerned, you guys today and a bit more next week and the pressure will be off from that point.”
A theme prevalent in the many interviews Mr Jarratt has conducted centers on Wolf Creek 2’s popularity in the download industry. A point he firmly presses to end our interview.
“Don’t pirate independent films. If you are going to do that, do it with the big Hollywood blockbusters. Pay for it or you will kill the goose that laid the golden egg and you won’t see Wolf Creek 3”.
The only thing missing was the above statement being spoken in the voice of Mick Taylor.
Jarratt’s film career began at a remarkable time in the industry. You can correspond his debut and subsequent roles with the renaissance period of Australian filmmaking – the mid 1970s -1980s.
“It was a glorious period right up to The Man From Snowy River and Crocodile Dundee. And then around 1985, Film Finance Corporation came into being and a whole lot of bureaucrats had far too much to say about the creative industry.
And then in the late 1990s, Baz Luhrmann and P J Hogan came screaming back up the ladder with the lunatics slowly getting to the asylum. I think it has been slowly growing ever since.
I think Wolf Creek also put an end to the smack films in the back streets of Melbourne or the coming of age films, they seem to all die off and good solid genre pictures have started to come back through like Animal Kingdom. I think it is in a good place.
In the 1980s it was just Mel Gibson as the only one who came out of the Australian film industry, now there’s 30-odd major movie stars and tv stars in the world today that are Australian. And we’ve always had fantastic crew. In the next 20 years, we are going to be a force to be reckoned with”.
One of the strengths of Wolf Creek 2 is a concerted effort to inject some absurdity and deeper humour into the character of Mick Taylor, which results in occasions where you will catch yourself laughing, and feel guilty about it.
“That’s what I was aiming for. It’s good to laugh, even if it is inappropriate.” Jarratt reassures me.
Wolf Creek 2 set pieces are really well thought out and executed, with a particular wonderful nod to Spielberg’s Duel.
“Don’t be afraid to steal good stuff from previous movies. Tarantino’s very good at that and that’s what makes him interesting. You shouldn’t be ashamed of taking something that’s worked and reworking it. That’s how genres grow.”