Every mega-successful Hollywood blockbuster is inevitably followed by a flood of knock offs and Star Wars was no exception. It started with Battlestar Galactica. I was lucky to see the movie version and I loved it every minute of it. I didn't know or care that it was in reality a few TV episodes thrown together to exploit a crazed market eager to throw its cash at anything that even vaguely resembled Star Wars. And it was in "Cine-Fi" sound.
From The Herald, May 24 1979
On the back of the clipping - Marcia, Grease and the Shaft 'Sinema.' Yep, it's the 1970s alright.
Arguably the second biggest sci-fi movie event of the 1970s after Star Wars was Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It didn't reach Australia until four months after its USA debut, but like many blockbusters of the 1970s it stayed in cinemas for up to a year or more.
From The Herald 18 Jan 1979
On the back of the clipping you can choose between the oddly named (for a
restaurant) Tramps or use the courtesy coach (!) to go to La Cocotte,
Elgin St Carlton where you can enjoy a 3 course lunch for $6.50. Fetch the coach, Jeeves!
My newspaper movie clipping collection began with Star Wars back in 1977. Actually this one is from 1978 (imagine a film lasting that long at the cinema these days!) as my original October 1977 Sun newspaper clipping disappeared at some point over the years.
From The Herald (Melbourne, Australia) September 1978
This is the back of the clipping. Note the ad for the very crappy 1970
version of Spiderman and the fun mix of ads for family entertainment and exotic dancers.