Hippie Hippie Shake (2009)
What started out as a simple period biopic about an Australian humor magazine that was accused of immorality in the 1960s — go figure — became a mystery for the film world when its director quit during post-production. A finished version apparently exists but the studio seems to have no interest in releasing it, possibly due to the negative reactions of some of the very real and very alive persons depicted in it. Which is a shame because, well, the 1960s, right?
This is a bizarre film, not because of what’s in it, but because of how it was made. Director Roger Avary filmed it while filming another film; he shot an extra 70 hours for his feature film “The Rules Of Attraction” and made of it a whole second film. So what’s holding up release? Everything. The actors did not know they were being filmed for another movie, for which they were not contracted, and the writer of the original story, Bret Easton Ellis, hadn’t given permission for his work to be used that way. So if it’s ever shown in public, it will be attacked by a pack of lawyers and ground into the dust. Which is a shame, because from all reports it’s actually kind of watchable.