US film auteur Quentin Tarantino, in Australia to launch World War II epic Inglourious Basterds at the Melbourne International Film Festival, has a well-known penchant for producing soulful soundtracks, with Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown continuing to tear up undergraduate house parties years after their release.

But Crikey can reveal an unfortunate sequence of events that may go some way to explaining Tarantino's red-carpet surliness at yesterday afternoon's Basterds premier.