Welcome to Woop Woop

Welcome to Woop Woop

Welcome to Woop Woop

Australian comedy, director Stephen Elliott's follow-up to The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based on the book The Dead Heart by Douglas Kennedy. After a deal gone bad, a New York crook named Teddy (Johnathon Schaech) escapes to the outback. Specifically, he finds himself in the strange, dilapidated and incestual town of Woop Woop - a place born from the residents of an abandoned asbestos mine, that exports only dog food (Kangaroo road-kill), and occasionally kidnaps strangers like Teddy to keep the population up.

1998Rating: 18106 minsAustralia
Comedy
Director:
Stephan Elliott ('The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert', 'Easy Virtue')
Writer:
Michael Thomas
Cast:
Johnathon SchaechRod TaylorSusie PorterRichard Moir

Welcome to Woop Woop / Reviews

Variety

Variety

A uniquely off-the-wall comedy that has the nature of an elaborate private joke played out on a lavish scale. Highly peculiar rather than outright funny, Stephan Elliott's first outing since "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" displays his trademark outrageous humor, energy and tackily florid visuals and will fascinate and entertain those who manage to tune into his strange wavelength here.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

As with Priscilla, the antipodean landscape glows with a beautiful, bright golden hue, and Elliott has cast his film with the bastard offspring of George Miller's post-apocalyptic rogues. Woop-Woop may be oppressively strange at times, but it's a nice change of pace from the sense and sensibility of most Hollywood spectacles.

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SBS

SBS

Elliott's film is very light on plot, but if you`re not offended by these outrageous characters, there`s plenty to enjoy in this well made film, and the frequent juxtaposition of romantic songs from those wonderful old musicals and the far from romantic denizens of Woop Woop makes for some great moments of hilarity.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, which saturate ''Welcome to Woop Woop,'' Stephan Elliott's nightmarish satire of Australian bourgeois provincialism, will certainly survive being dragged through the dirt of this desperately unfunny farce. Whether Mr. Elliott, who made his reputation directing ''Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,'' emerges unscathed is another matter.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Gloriously batty love letter to Australia. Stephan Elliott’s follow-up to Priscilla confused audiences and critics, but this mad, kitsch, bittersweet film is the mother of all send-ups...

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