Last week saw the release of the '80s Australian gem 'BMX Bandits'
on Blu-ray here in the States. Thanks to Severin Films, this allowed Cinematical the opportunity to chat with the film's prolific director, the British-born Brian Trenchard-Smith
. And what a chat it was...
There's no point sugar coating it, this is a monster of an interview. But even if you know nothing about Brian Trenchard-Smith, even if you've never seen 'BMX Bandits' or 'Stunt Rock' or 'The Man From Hong Kong,' BTS is a filmmaker worth listening to. He's been around the film industry for decades, making movies the world over and his love for cinema and frustrations with Hollywood make him an absolutely fascinating film figure to listen to (it's just one of many reasons Quentin Tarantino openly calls BTS one of his favorite filmmakers).
So, without further delay, here is Brian Trenchard-Smith talking about everything from giving Nicole Kidman her first feature role to making one of the great, underseen Vietnam war movies to having Bob Weinstein call him an old man.