Set in the dystopian future of 21st Century Melbourne (Australia), this low-budget mating of Mad Max and The Rocky Horror Picture Show postulates class wars when – following the “Middle-Class Revolution of 1990” – control of Australia is handed over to a repressive suburban power elite – the “subbies” – and its ruthless law enforcement arm, The Squad.
Non-conformists and rebels – mostly young and fashionably punk – live in walled-in inner-city ghettos and are subdued by a drugged water supply and exhaust their remaining frustrations in gang warfare.
Sarah (future Comedy Company star Mary-Anne Fahey) and Bear (Mike Bishop) – who come to be known as Cisco and Pancho – occasionally burst out of the inner-city through Checkpoint Charles in their low-slung Batmobile-style black Corvette to harass the cops, create havoc in the suburbs and leave a trail of elegantly-wrought anarchy wherever they go.
Independently made and lumberingly satirical (the nightclub where the hero and heroine perform is called ‘Alvin’s Hole’), Future Schlock was a financial flop, only recovering half of its $80,000 production cost at the box office and has dated badly.
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David J.G. Hirst
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