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Alvin not purple enough.. [Aug. 16th, 2008|10:00 am]
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From the Northern Territory News

August 15th, 2008

THE star of the '70s sex romp film Alvin Purple says his main regret is that the landmark film was too serious.

Graeme Blundell, now an arts writer for The Australian, said the film wasted time dealing with serious issues such as censorship and should have been simpler.

"You just want unadulterated sex romp action - the serious bits get in the way," he said.

Made after a change in censorship laws allowed R-rated material, it was a product of its time and hailed as a classic.

Blundell will be in Darwin to see it screened this weekend as part of the Darwin Festival, in the National Film and Sound Archive's Big Screen program.

Alvin Purple will follow the documentary Not Quite Hollywood, about "Ozploitation" films and those days when nudity, sex and horror were still shocking. Blundell is worried Australia is veering back towards a period of wowserism.

"We are certainly with Rudd - not that you'd expect anything else from a Catholic Queensland right-winger," he said.

But it won't get as bad as when police would burst out of the audience at plays and arrest Blundell for directing naughty material packed with swear words.

"We're not returning to the horrible days of the 1960s and 70s where I was getting arrested for offensive language in public because of the language I was using," he said.

"It was all becoming quite ludicrous and absolutely ridiculous."

But while the swinging 60s may have seen moral outrage from wowsers, he says it wasn't based on much "immorality" in real life.

Risque art wasn't replicated in the bedroom, he said.

"The irony is that very little went on in people's homes," he said. "The 60s didn't arrive in Australia until halfway through the 70s."