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Brian Trenchard-Smith is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Additional Dialogue British born on 1946 at England (United-kingdom)

Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith
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Birth 1946 (78 years) at England (United-kingdom)

Brian Trenchard-Smith (born 1946) is an English film and television director, producer, writer, consultant and actor who is notable for his contributions to the horror and action genre during the 1970s and 1980s in Australia. Most of his work has been in television, and the majority of his films have been direct-to-video releases. His 1970s and 1980s Aussie films were theatrically released. He generally works in the drama, action and horror genres. He has directed 42 movies and TV series including Turkey Shoot, StuntRock, Dead End Drive-In, The Man from Hong Kong, and Leprechaun 4: In Space.

In addition, he also has been credited by Quentin Tarantino as one of his favorite directors.


He was born in England, the son of a member of the Royal Air Force, and lived for a time in Libya, where his father was stationed. His family moved to Odiham, Hampshire and he made his first film at the age of 15 on 8mm, a 2 minute short called The Duel. The following year he made the ten-minute The Chase about a lunatic who escapes from an asylum and chases a boy around the countryside with a bayonet.

He was commissioned to make a film about his school, Wellington College, for prospective parents. He showed this around once he left school, and it helped him get work as an editor's assistant and camera assistant with a French news company in London. However he was unable to get into the union so he moved to Australia in 1965 (his father was Australian).

Trenchard-Smith worked at Channel Ten as an editor, doing news, documentaries and station promos. He moved over to Channel 9 to work as promotions director, then in 1968 he returned to England and went to work in London as a junior writer/producer of feature film trailers at National Screen Service.

In 1970 he returned to Channel 9 as network promotions director, and made his directorial debut with a French TV special Christmas in Australia.

Documentary Filmmaker
After two years at Channel 9 Trenchard Smith formed his own production company, borrowed $16,000 and made a one-hour television special about stuntmen called The Stuntmen featuring Grant Page. This was a success and enabled him to make a number other TV specials, usually with a theme of action and/or danger. Kung Fu Killers, which also featured Page, was particularly successful. Throughout this decade Trenchard-Smith also worked cutting trailers.

Trenchard-Smith was going to Hong Kong to make an $8,000 documentary on Bruce Lee called The World of Kung Fu but arrived on the day Lee died. He turned the documentary into a tribute on Lee, and in the course of making it met Raymond Chow who helped fund Trenchard-Smith's first feature, The Man from Hong Kong (1975). The film was successful internationally launching his career as a feature director.

Feature Director
The Man from Hong Kong was made for The Movie Company, a production company half owned by Trenchard-Smith and Greater Union. The Movie Company then made the documentary Danger Freaks before Greater Union pulled out. Trenchard Smith then made Deathcheaters (1976) which performed disappointingly and spent nine months on a proposed film that never got up, The Siege of Sydney. However he then made a dramatised short Hospitals Don't Burn Down which won a number of awards and was highly successful. Trenchard-Smith then made a film in the US called Stunt Rock which he once called "probably the worst film I have made".

Among his most fondly remembered credits are the cult classic Turkey Shoot (1982) and BMX Bandits (1983), where he worked with a young Nicole Kidman.

For the last twenty years, Trenchard Smith has worked mostly in America. He says his passion project is to do a revisionist history of Richard III.

Usually with

Roger Ward
Roger Ward
(6 films)
Russell Boyd
Russell Boyd
(2 films)
Jimmy Wang Yu
Jimmy Wang Yu
(2 films)
Jerome Ehlers
Jerome Ehlers
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Brian Trenchard-Smith (52 films)

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Lethal Seduction, 1h20
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Amanda Detmer, Dina Meyer, Sam Lerner, Brian Thomas Smith, Brian Trenchard-Smith, Robert Maschio
Rating51% 2.5608952.5608952.5608952.5608952.560895
Mark Richards, 18 ans, vit avec sa mère Tanya, très protectrice avec lui depuis la mort du père du Mark. Sa présence constante empêche Mark de faire des rencontres. Mais un jour, Mark rencontre dans un magasin de bricolage la sublime Carissa, de 25 ans son aînée, qui le séduit. Mark cède à ses avances, et entame une relation avec elle.
Machete Maidens Unleashed!
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Roger Corman, Colleen Camp, John Landis, Sid Haig, R. Lee Ermey, Joe Dante
Roles Self
Rating72% 3.638693.638693.638693.638693.63869
Des femmes plantureuses, des monstres mutants et des agents secrets nains… On trouvait tout cela dans les films de genre philippins des années 70 et 80. Envahissant les drive-ins du monde entier, les Philippines sont devenues un eldorado pour les réalisateurs de films dits « d'exploitation », alliant une main d'œuvre bon marché, un cadre exotique et une règlementation inexistante en matière de santé et de sécurité. Ce documentaire retrace l'histoire d'un genre sans scrupules, sans scénarios, sans frontières et - plus souvent que jamais - sans vêtements…
Not Quite Hollywood, 1h43
Genres Comedy, Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about films
Actors Phillip Adams, Christine Amor, Steve Bisley, Glory Annen Clibbery, Jamie Blanks, Graeme Blundell
Roles Self
Rating75% 3.791333.791333.791333.791333.79133
Not Quite Hollywood documents the revival of Australian cinema during the Australian New Wave of the 1970s and '80s through B-movies including Alvin Purple, Barry McKenzie Holds His Own, Dead-End Drive In, Long Weekend, Mad Max, The Man from Hong Kong, Patrick, Razorback, Road Games, Stork and Turkey Shoot. From 1971 through to the late 1980s, Australian directors began to take advantage of the newly introduced R-rating which allowed more on-screen nudity, sex and violence for audiences restricted to age 18 and over. "Ozploitation"—writer-director Mark Hartley's own portmanteau of "Australian exploitation"—was a subgenre of the New Wave which accounted for the critically panned "gross-out comedies, sex romps, action and road movies, teen films, westerns, thrillers and horror films" of the era, commonly overlooked in Australia's "official film history". The film addresses three main categories of "Ozploitation" films: sex, horror and action.
Deathcheaters, 1h36
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure
Actors John Hargreaves, Drew Forsythe, Brian Trenchard-Smith, Roger Ward, Chris Haywood, Vincent Ball
Roles Hit & Run Director
Rating54% 2.7182852.7182852.7182852.7182852.718285
Steve and Rodney are two ex-Vietnam commandos who do stunt work for television. They are hired by the government to raid the island stronghold of a Filipino racketeer and secure papers from his safe. The two men make the raid and escape using a hang-glider.
The Man from Hong Kong, 1h51
Directed by Jimmy Wang Yu, Russell Boyd, Brian Trenchard-Smith
Origin Hong kong
Genres Thriller, Martial arts, Action, Crime, Martial arts
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films
Actors Jimmy Wang Yu, George Lazenby, Rosalind Speirs, Frank Thring, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Roger Ward
Roles Heavy
Rating65% 3.298423.298423.298423.298423.29842
At Ayers Rock, undercover detectives arrest Hong Kong drug courier Win Chan (Sammo Hung). At Royal Hong Kong Police Police Training School at Wong Chuk Hang where a hang glider piloted by Australian Caroline Thorne (Rosalind Speirs) runs out of air currents and lands on the parade square. She is met by Inspector Fang Sing Leng (Jimmy Wang-Yu) who has coincidentally been chosen to travel to Sydney to interview Win Chan.


Drive Hard
Drive Hard (2014)
, 2h6
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors John Cusack, Thomas Jane, Zoe Ventoura, Damien Garvey, Jerome Ehlers, Carol Burns
Rating43% 2.1534352.1534352.1534352.1534352.153435
Simon Keller, cambrioleur d'envergure internationale, entend engager un conducteur expérimenté pour étoffer son équipe. Il décide de faire appel au service de Peter Roberts, un ancien champion de F1.
Drive Hard
Drive Hard (2014)
, 1h36
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors John Cusack, Thomas Jane, Zoe Ventoura, Damien Garvey, Kellyn Morris, Jerome Ehlers
Rating43% 2.1534352.1534352.1534352.1534352.153435
Former race car driver and American expatriate Peter Roberts has retired at the urging of his lawyer wife, though he resists getting an office job. Instead, he becomes an instructor at a driving school, while waiting for an investment opportunity to open a racing school. After he drops his daughter off to school and learns that he can no longer afford her private school tuition, he takes a fellow American as his first client. The man, Simon Keller, reveals that he has investigated Roberts' finances and personal life. Disturbed, Roberts insists on ending the lesson and returning to the school. Keller agrees but requests that they stop at a bank first, so that he can pay Roberts.
Absolute Deception, 1h29
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Emmanuelle Vaugier
Rating43% 2.1635352.1635352.1635352.1635352.163535
When a widowed reporter is informed by an FBI agent that her deceased husband has just been murdered, the two join forces to uncover a web of deceit that is shocking and more deadly than anyone could imagine.
The Cabin
The Cabin (2011)
, 1h25
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Lea Thompson, Steven Brand, Bel Powley, Orla O'Rourke
Rating54% 2.723012.723012.723012.723012.72301
Two single parents bring their children to Scotland to enter a family-style competition.
Arctic Blast, 1h32
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Origin Canada
Genres Science fiction, Action
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Disaster films
Actors Michael Shanks, Bruce Davison, Alexandra Davies, Saskia Hampele, Indiana Evans, Robert Mammone
Rating39% 1.9880951.9880951.9880951.9880951.988095
The plot is centered around a colossal blast of heavily chilled mesosphere air, spreading over the Earth after a solar eclipse combined with the effects of environmental pollution caused a hole in the ozone layer. The catastrophic event threatens to engulf the entire world in ice. As Hobart, Tasmania, is hit by the cold front with temperatures of below -70 degrees Celsius, causing people to die almost instantaneously, physicist Jack Tait (Michael Shanks) tries to find a solution while protecting his family.
Porky's: Pimpin' Pee Wee
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Whitney Anderson, Barry Livingston, Jacki R. Chan, Sandra McCoy, Christine Nguyen, Nicole
Rating38% 1.9110851.9110851.9110851.9110851.911085
Three college student friends have misadventures over the summer.
Aztec Rex
Aztec Rex (2007)

Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La préhistoire
Actors Ian Ziering, Dichen Lachman, Jack McGee, Shawn Lathrop, Marco Sanchez, Will Snow
Rating30% 1.5378951.5378951.5378951.5378951.537895
Taking place in 1521 on the coast of Mexico, a group of Aztecs worships and makes sacrifices to a pair of living Tyrannosaurus rex. A group of conquistadores led by Hernán Cortés later arrive on the location and venture into the forest to make camp. One of the Tyrannosaurs crosses the path of one of the conquistadores and devours his horse. His fellow conquistadores do not believe his story and continue to venture through the dense forest. An Aztec who is not aware of the Tyrannosaur is eaten, while another witnesses the event with an expression of deep horror and surprise. Later, the conquistadores try to kill the tribe of Aztecs, but are put to sleep by a hidden Aztec with a tube of tranquilizer darts. Hernán Cortés surrenders and demands a truce, but realizes they cannot understand him. He murmurs to himself that they are savages, not realizing the chief can understand English, and is knocked out. Once he regains consciousness, he meets an English-speaking female Aztec. She tells him the Aztecs call the Tyrannosaurs "Thunder Lizards". Later, Hernán Cortés is offered up as a sacrifice, but is freed by his new friend, Gria. It is revealed that of Hernán's fault, the female, who was the chief's daughter, was consumed by one of the Tyrannosaurs. The chief becomes enraged, but he does not know that his daughter Ayacoatl is actually alive. The chief orders a sacrifice of all the conquistadores, but his mind changes when his daughter returns. The daughter's marriage is postponed when a Tyrannosaur kills an Aztec girl. The conquistadores set out on a mission to kill the Tyrannosaurs with cannons and muskets. They succeed in killing the male at the loss of one of their companions. At night Cortez and his soldiers rob the temple of gold and try to escape to the coast. They leave lieutenant Rios and sergeant Mendoza to the mercy of the Aztecs as they had become to friendly with them. In their escape to the coast all but Cortes are devoured by the female Tyrannosaurus. Sergeant Menoza is mortally wounded by the Tyrannosaurus. Rios and shaman Xocozin set out to try to kill the animal but Rios has been secretly drugged by Xocozin who tries to kill him. Xocozin leaves Rios to his fate and heads to the village where he is confronted by the Chief who found out his betrayal. Xocozin and the Chief fight with the latter being mortally wounded. Eventually Rios is found by Ayacoatl and Fra Gria, who marries them. At the altar Xocozin is mortally wounded by Rios. Ayacoatl then cuts out Xovozin's heart to use as bait for the female Tyrannosaurus who then is killed in a gunpowder explosion. Fra Gia and Cortes are picked up by a Spanish ship but are warned by Rios not to return to the valley, which Cortes never did when he conquered the Aztec empire. Fra Gia returned to Spain, became a saint and the inventor of Sangria. Ayacoatl and Rios become rulers of the tibe.
Long Lost Son
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Gabrielle Anwar, Craig Sheffer, Chace Crawford, Michael McConnohie
Rating55% 2.7561252.7561252.7561252.7561252.756125
Kristen a perdu son fils et son mari lors d'une tempête en mer. Quatorze années plus tard, lors d'une soirée entre amis, elle aperçoit son mari et son fils sur un film de vacances tourné dans les Caraïbes. Kristen décide alors de partir immédiatement à la recherche de son fils sur l'île de Santa Alicia, mais un nouvel ouragan se prépare...
In Her Line of Fire, 1h30
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about terrorism, Transport films, LGBT-related films, Aviation films, Dans un avion, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Mariel Hemingway, David Keith, Jill Bennett, David Millbern, Robbie Magasiva, Jesse Hutch
Rating36% 1.822481.822481.822481.822481.82248
'Air Force Two', the aeroplane carrying the Vice-President of the United States and his staff, is flying over the South Pacific, when it's damaged by an electrical storm. It's forced to ditch in the ocean off the coast of the (fictional) country of San Pietro, near Solomon Islands.
Tides of War, 1h35
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Transport films, LGBT-related films, Submarine films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Adrian Paul, Catherine Dent, Mike Doyle, Kent McCord, Matt Battaglia, Mark Deklin
Rating48% 2.4096052.4096052.4096052.4096052.409605
The film takes place primarily in the waters off the coast of North Korea with some scenes set in Hawaii. As it opens, an American submarine under the command of Commander Habley is attacked by an enemy submarine that has no sonar signature. Although it survives the fight, the American submarine is badly damaged and Tom, Habley's Executive Officer and lover, is killed.