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Seeing as the Gene Siskel Film Center is currently hosting a weeklong run of Wake in Fright, the forgotten Australian classic that’s been enjoying retrospective screenings all year, I figured I’d present my Top Five Ozploitation films.

Not familiar with the term? A subcategory of the Australian New Wave, which produced such notable films as The Devil’s Playground and Picnic at Hanging Rock, Ozploitation is an era of Australian cinema—generally cited as lasting from the mid-70s to the early 80s—that depicted Aussie culture at its most inane. Utilizing various forms of genre technique, it presents a wide array of films that range in style and, of course, quality. But like any brand of exploitation cinema, there are few diamonds to be found in the rough.

Those diamonds are: