During Tarantino season on SBS ONE, NITV ain't messing around. Who better to bring you the best of Blaxploitation, the genre that has had such an influence on his work? Sundays in January (9:30pm).
SBS Movies

10 Dec 2014 - 3:28 PM  UPDATED 4 Feb 2015 - 10:13 AM

Foxy Brown

(Screened Sunday January 4, 9:30pm)

(USA, action/crime/thriller)

Director: Jack Hill
Starring: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown
What's it about?
Blaxploitation queen Pam Grier, who later starred in Tarantino's 1997 homage Jackie Brown, plays sexy badass Foxy Brown, "a whole lotta woman", who goes on a vengeance rampage when her federal agent boyfriend is murdered by mobsters. Foxy takes a job at a "model agency", where she tracked down the hitmen, then proceeds to unleash her wrath, thanks to her "black belt in bar stools" and an Afro haircut big enough to conceal her gun.


Buck and The Preacher

(Screened Sunday January 11, 9:30pm)

(USA, adventure/drama/western)

Director: Sidney Poitier, Joseph Sargent
Starring: Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee
What's it about?
It wouldn't be too far-fetched to see the influence of Western classic Buck and The Preacher (1972), one of the first films directed by an African-American, on Tarantino's Django Unchained. Here, ex-soldier Buck (Sidney Poitier) works as a trail guide at the end of the Civil War, helping freed slaves find places in the West where they can settle. But a ruthless gang of outlaws try to stop him and keep the people travelling with Buck working as slaves. When Buck meets a con man calling himself the Preacher (Harry Belafonte), the two men band together against the gang.



(Screened Sunday January 18, 9:30pm)

(USA, horror/thriller)

Director: William Crain
Starring: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas
What's it about?
Classically-trained actor William Marshall gives a heartfelt performance in this fun and camp Dracula reboot, as an 18th-century African prince named Mamuwalde, who is turned into a vampire and locked in a coffin by Count Dracula. Two centuries later, Mamuwalde rises from his coffin to find himself in modern day Los Angeles and starts attacking people. When Mamuwalde later meets Tina (Vonetta McGee), he believes he's found the reincarnation of his deceased wife Luva.



(Screened Sunday January 25, 9:30pm)

Director: Jack Hill
Starring: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui
What's it about?
Boobage, afros and arse-kicking guaranteed in this unofficial Foxy Brown prequel, which launched Pam Grier as Blaxploitation icon. She stars as Coffy, a nurse seeking revenge for her younger sister, who got hooked on heroin. She doesn't hesitate to use her considerable charms, passing herself off as a drug-addicted prostitute to gain access to, then inflict a violent death on, the drug lords she holds responsible for the decay of her city. "Coffy: she'll cream you!" 


Hollywood Shuffle

(Screened Sunday February 1, 9:30pm)

(USA, comedy)

Director: Robert Townsend
Starring: Robert Townsend, Craigus R. Johnson, Helen Martin
What's it about?
This hilarious satire of the film industry follows Bobby Taylor in his attempts to become a successful actor, and the many obstacles he encounters through a series of skits (for instance, a "Black acting school" where white actors teach students the art of Jive Talk, or a Siskel & Ebert spoof: "Sneakin' in the Movies"). Produced, directed, and co-written by Robert Townsend, the film reflects Townsend's real-life experiences, when the only roles available to Black actors were for thugs, or when he was regularly told he was too black or not black enough for certain roles.

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