Brian Trenchard-Smith

Film Director / Television Director / Film Producer / Television Producer / Writer / Screenwriter / Actor | * 1946 (78) | England (United Kingdom (UK))
Brian Medwin Trenchard-Smith (born 1946) is an English-Australian filmmaker and author, known for his idiosyncratic and satirical low-budget genre films. His filmography covers action, science fiction, martial arts, dystopian fiction, comedy, war, family, thriller, romance and erotica, and his works tend to be cross-genre pieces. After gaining experience as a writer and editor of film trailers, Trenchard-Smith made documentary films for Australian television, many of which focused on stunt performers and martial artists, including his frequent collaborator Grant Page. He made his directorial debut with The Man from Hong Kong (1975), the first film to be produced as an international co-production between Australia and Hong Kong. Many of Trenchard-Smith's films over the next decade became notable examples of the Ozploitation cycle, including Deathcheaters (1976), Stunt Rock (1978), Turkey Shoot (1982), ()
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Brian Trenchard-Smith is an Anglo Australian film and television director, producer, and writer, with a reputation for large scale movies on small scale budgets, many of which display a quirky sense of humor that has earned him a cult following. Quentin Tarantino referred to him in Entertainment Weekly as one of his favorite directors. His early work is featured in Not Quite Hollywood, an awardwinning documentary released by Magnolia. Among his early successes were the 20th Century Fox release The Man from Hong Kong, a wry James Bond/Chop Sockey cocktail, the Vietnam battle movie Siege of Firebase Gloria, and the futuristic satire Dead End Drive-In, a particular Tarantino favorite. BMX Bandits, showcasing a 15-year old Nicole Kidman, and Miramax's The Quest, starring ET's Henry Thomas, won prizes at children's film festivals in Montreal and Europe. He has also directed 35 episodes of television series as diverse as Silk Stalkings, Time Trax, The Others, and Flipper. Born in England, where his Australian father was in the RAF, Trenchard-Smith attended UK's prestigious Wellington College, where he neglected studies in favor of acting and making short films, before migrating to Australia. He started as a news film editor, then graduated to network promos before he became one of a group of young people that, as he recalls, "pushed, shoved, lobbied and bullied the government into introducing investment for Australian made films." He persuaded Australia's largest distribution-exhibition circuit at the time, the Greater Union Theater Organization, to form an in-house production company that he would run. The company made three successful films in a row, and his career was underway. In parallel careers, he was also founding editor of Australia's quarterly Movie magazine for 6 years, and has made over 100 trailers for other directors in Australia, Europe, and America. Among his 39 movies, 5 were commissioned by Showtime, including the remake of the World War II classic, Sahara, the highly rated, Happy Face Murders, starring Ann-Margret, and DC 9/11: Time of Crisis, with Timothy Bottoms as President Bush. His frequently repeated family drama for Lifetime, Long Lost Son starring Gabrielle Anwar, introduced future Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford to audiences in the title role." I knew from his first scene, he was going to be hot." In 2009, Trenchard-Smith shot Porky's - The College Years, a re-imagining of the famous 80's franchise of teen comedies. His recent ecological thriller Arctic Blast, starring Michael Shanks, was chosen to premiere at the 2010 Possible Worlds Canadian Film Festival in Sydney. Trenchard-Smith writes for as The Genre Director, and is a contributing guru to He is married to Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith, lives in Los Angeles, and is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Most frequent genres for this person: Action | TV Movies | Drama

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Movies with Brian Trenchard-Smith as Actor(6)

as himself2020 Tales of the Uncanny
as himself2008 Not Quite Hollywood
as Hit & Run Director1976 Deathcheaters
as Henchman in elevator shaft1975 The Man from Hong Kong

Movies with Brian Trenchard-Smith as Crew(65)

Directing/Director2014 Drive Hard
Writing/Screenplay2014 Drive Hard
Production/Executive Producer2014 Elimination Game
Directing/Director2013 Absolute Deception
Directing/Director2011 The Cabin
Directing/Director2010 Arctic Blast
Production/Producer2009 Malibu Shark Attack
Directing/Director2009 Pimpin' Pee Wee
Directing/Director2007 Aztec Rex
Directing/Director2006 In Her Line of Fire
Production/Producer2006 In Her Line of Fire
Directing/Director2006 Long Lost Son
Directing/Director2005 Tides of War
Production/Producer2005 Tides of War
Directing/Director2003 The Paradise Virus
Production/Producer2003 The Paradise Virus
Directing/Director2003 DC 9/11: Time of Crisis
Directing/Director2002 Seconds to Spare
Writing/Writer2002 Seconds to Spare
Directing/Director2002 Sightings: Heartland Ghost
Directing/Director2001 Megiddo: The Omega Code 2
Directing/Director2000 Britannic
Writing/Writer2000 Britannic
Directing/Director1999 Happy Face Murders
Directing/Director1998 Voyage of Terror
Directing/Director1998 Atomic Dog
Directing/Director1997 Doomsday Rock
Directing/Director1996 Leprechaun 4: In Space
Directing/Director1996 Escape Clause
Directing/Director1995 Leprechaun 3
Directing/Director1995 Sahara
Directing/Director1994 Night of the Demons 2
Directing/Director1993 Official Denial
Crew/Thanks1992 Resistance
Directing/Director1989 Strike of the Panther
Directing/Director1989 Out of the Body
Directing/Director1989 The Siege of Firebase Gloria
Crew/Additional Dialogue1988 Day of the Panther
Directing/Director1988 Day of the Panther
Directing/Director1987 Dangerfreaks
Writing/Writer1987 Dangerfreaks
Directing/Director1986 Dead End Drive-In
Directing/Director1986 Frog Dreaming
Directing/Director1986 Jenny Kissed Me
Directing/Director1983 BMX Bandits
Directing/Director1982 Turkey Shoot
Production/Co-Producer1982 Blood Tide
Directing/Director1979 Day of the Assassin
Directing/Director1978 Stunt Rock
Writing/Screenplay1978 Stunt Rock
Directing/Director1978 Hospitals Don't Burn Down
Directing/Director1976 Deathcheaters
Production/Producer1976 Deathcheaters
Writing/Story1976 Deathcheaters
Directing/Director1975 The Man from Hong Kong
Writing/Screenplay1975 The Man from Hong Kong
Directing/Director1975 The Love Epidemic
Writing/Writer1975 The Love Epidemic
Directing/Director1974 Kung Fu Killers
Production/Producer1974 Kung Fu Killers
Writing/Writer1974 Kung Fu Killers
Directing/Director1973 The Stuntmen
Production/Producer1973 The Stuntmen
Writing/Writer1973 The Stuntmen
Directing/Director1973 The World of Kung Fu

TV Shows/Series with Brian Trenchard-Smith as Crew(7)

Directing/Director2011 Chemistry
Directing/Director2000 The Others
Directing/Director1995 Flipper
Directing/Director1994 High Tide
Directing/Director1993 Time Trax
Directing/Director1991 Silk Stalkings
Directing/Director1988 Mission: Impossible

Born: 1946 in England (United Kingdom (UK)) (current age: 78 years)
Languages: German (DE), English (EN)
Educated at: Wellington College
Other names for Brian Trenchard-Smith (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Браян Тренчард-Сміт"
Brian Trenchard-Smith frequently works together with these people:
Grant Page (9x, Crew)
Mark Hartley (7x, Crew)
Roger Ward (6x, Actor)
Kevan Lind (5x, Crew)
Alan Lake (5x, Crew)
Jeffrey Schenck (5x, Crew)
David Lewis (4x, Crew)
Dennis A. Pratt (4x, Crew)
Peter Bernstein (4x, Crew)
Rob Stewart (4x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:115820, Added: 06/27/2018, Last updated: 02/22/2024