Brian Trenchard Smith discusses style, storytelling and scene construction.
In this highly engaging and visual presentation, legendary Australian film director, Brian Trenchard Smith, will provide personal anecdotes on his love and approach to genre cinema, pulling from examples over his 50-year career.
Deconstructing his films and breaking down his craft, you will hear actionable advice on filming and his filmmaking process. As a self-declared raconteur, Brian will enlighten us with his industry insight, humour, and personal stories about his many early Australian cult films — Turkey Shoot (1982), BMX Bandits (1983), Dead End Drive-in (1986) — and broader filmmaking experiences, that has seen him more recently relocate to Hollywood. With a reputation for large scale movies on small scale budgets, many of which display a quirky sense of humour, this presentation promises to be equally entertaining and inspiring from one of the industry’s true survivors that Quentin Tarantino names as a favourite director.
Brian Trenchard-Smith has directed 42 films for Cinema, video, and television, producing, writing or co-writing 12 of them. His body of work, which frequently both celebrates and satirises the standard tropes of various genres, has been honoured at the Paris Cinema, Karlovy Vary, Melbourne, Brisbane and Toronto Film Festivals. He has been a judge at Fantastic Planet Science Fiction & Fantasy, and A Night of Horror Film Festivals and a jury member for the Ithaca Film Festival. In 2016 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival. He has presented over 50 cinema lectures for Trailers From Hell.com. He lives in Oregon with his wife Byzantine historian Dr Margaret Trenchard-Smith.