Brian Trenchard-Smith is a film director born in London, England in 1946. He is most famous for his multiple Australian films in the 1970s and 1980s.
Born the son of a Royal Air Force officer, he lived in Libya and England as a child. He made his first films on 8mm film as a teenager. Once he was unable to get into the film union in the UK, he moved to Australia.
He worked as an editor at Channel Ten, but soon borrowed $16,000 and produced a documentary about stuntmen. With this success, he started making more documentaries.
After building connections with Hong Kong, he started filming movies there. He started editing Australian films, and then produced them throughout the 80s.
In 1990 he moved to Los Angeles, returning to Australia periodically to shoot films there.
The Man from Hong Kong (1975)
Hospitals Don’t Burn Down (1977)
Stunt Rock (1978)
Turkey Shoot (1982)
BMX Bandits (1983)
Dead End Drive-In (1986)
Jenny Kissed Me (1986)
Out of the Body (1988)
Day of the Panther (1988)
Strike of the Panther (1989)
The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989)
Night of the Demons 2 (1994)
Leprechaun 3 (1995)
Leprechaun 4: In Space (1998)
Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001)
In Her Line of Fire (2006)
Arctic Blast (2010)
Absolute Deception (2013)
Drive Hard (2014)
Gil has a bachelor’s in communication, and attended film school in Los Angeles. He worked in film & media production for several years, traveling to over 45 countries, before cofounding a marketing company. Obsessed with feel-good 80s teen comedies, sword-and-sorcery films, and gritty sci fi noir, Gildner is a fan of the weird and campy. His favorite films include Blade Runner, Alien, Mad Max, and Drive.