Oz (1976)

Australia, 1976
85m [USA], 103m [Australia]
35mm film, Eastmancolor
4-Track Stereo, English

An Australian fantasy film directed by Chris Löfvén.

Plot Summary

Teenage groupie Dorothy is following a rock band on tour when she’s involved in a traffic accident and knocked unconscious. When she comes to, she’s in a strange fantasy world where she has apparently killed someone. Befriended by a gay clothes shop owner who gives her a pair of red shoes, Dorothy sets off to see the final performance of rock star The Wizard, picking up a brainless surfer, a heartless mechanic and a cowardly biker along the way.

Credits

Crew
Director: Chris Löfvén
Australian Film Commission, Count Features, Davis Equities Corporation Investment Partnerships, Inter Planetary, O&O Associates Ltd
Funding: Australian Film Commission
Producers: Lyne Helms, Chris Löfvén
Associate Producer: Jane Scott
Script: Chris Löfvén
Novel: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum *
Assistant Director: Walter Boston
Continuity: Jan Tyrell
Director of Photography: Dan Burstall
Editor: Les Luxford
Music: Wayne Burt, Baden Hutchins, Ross Wilson, Gary Young
Sound: Danny Dyson
Production Designer: Robbie Perkins
Locations: Korumburra Drouin Road, Poowong, Victoria, Australia; Manchester Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Palais Theatre, St. Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Wallan, Victoria, Australia

Cast
Joy Dunstan (Dorothy)
Graham Matters (Wally/Wizard/record salesman/tram conductor/doorman/face at party)
Bruce Spence (Bass player/Blondie the surfie)
Michael Carman (drummer/Greaseball the mechanic)
Garry Waddell (guitarist/Killer the bikie)
Robin Ramsay (Glin, The Good Fairy)
Paula Maxwell (Jane)
Ned Kelly (bouncer/truckie)
Lorraine West (waitress)
Beris Underhill (hotel receptionist)
Russell Thompson (1st gay)
Gino Lattore (2nd gay)
Roland Bonnet (manager)
Jim Slade (promoter)
Martin Allen (1st boy at dance)
Alan Pentland (2nd boy at dance)
Neil McColl (3rd boy at dance)
Phil Motherwell (1st truckie’s mate)
Steve Millichamp (2nd truckie’s mate)
James Williamson (3rd truckie’s mate)

Alternative Titles

20th Century Oz – US title
Oz: A Rock n Roll Road Movie – advertising title

Extracts included in
The Whimsical World of Oz (1985)

See also
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

References

Books

  • Australian Film 1900-1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production by Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper p.382 – illustrated credits, synopsis