Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smithhas been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting. (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.)  His cult favorites include The Man from Hong KongTurkey ShootBMX BanditsStunt RockThe Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s.

 

He recently directed The Cabin, a blended family romantic comedy starring Lea Thompson, which premiered on Hallmark, and Absolute Deception, a female driven suspense mystery thriller starring Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Emmanuelle Vaugier which is now available on DVD, PPV, and via download. He is currently shooting a quirky buddy action comedy Hard Drive with John Cusack and Thomas Jane.  Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith, Ph.D.  His dream project – the true story of England’s most maligned King of England, Richard the Third.

 

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

2008
Focus Features
A charmingly retro film recalling the...
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The Mummy ’59

1959
Universal
When Hammer signed their deal with Universal they seemed prepared to enthusiastically...
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From Russia With Love

1963
United Artists
The success of Dr. No proved to be no fluke...
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Russian Ark

2002
Wellspring Media
Director Alexander Sokurov’s camera leads us through the rooms of Russia’s Hermitage Museum in...
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Daughters of Darkness

1971
Maron Films
Belgian director Harry Kumel’s most accessible film is a measured, erotic Euro horror...
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The Stranglers of Bombay

1960
Columbia Pictures
One of the most critically reviled of Hammer Films’ period...
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Inglourious Basterds

2009
The Weinstein Company
A die-hard believer in the power of film (in particular 35mm), Quentin Tarantino reimagines...
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Dance with a Stranger

1985
The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Though the seemingly ubiquitous Albert Pierrepoint doesn’t appear in Mike...
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Let Him Have It

1991
Fine Line Features
The hangman Albert Pierrepoint (of Pierrepoint – The Last Hangman)...
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Pierrepoint – The Last Hangman

2007
IFC First Take
Timothy Spall stars in a fascinating character study...
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The Double Hour

2011
Samuel Goldwyn Films
A puzzle box masquerading as a film noir, The Double Hour is the feature...
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Devil-Ship Pirates

1964
Columbia
Like its predecessor The Pirates of Blood River, Hammer’s second pirate saga overcomes its...
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The Mouse that Roared

1959
Columbia
The nearly bankrupt country of Grand Fenwick declares war on...
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The Hidden Fortress

1960
Albex
Combining brilliant action sequences (filmed for the first time in sumptuous widescreen...
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Sound of Noise

2010
Police investigate a ticking time bomb which turns out to be a...
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We Need to Talk About Kevin

2011
Oscilloscope Pictures
Lynne Ramsey’s chilling 2012 US-British horror...
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Holy Motors

2012
Indomina Group
Dream logic rules the day in Leos Carax’ multi-layered film in which a mysterious...
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Duck, You Sucker

1972
United Artists
Considered one of his most overtly political films, this final Sergio Leone...
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Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah

1963
20th Century Fox
Sergio Leone was an (uncredited) second...
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The Colossus of Rhodes

1961
MGM
Seven years before conducting a master class on the art...
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Django Unchained

2012
The Weinstein Company
Quentin Tarantino continues his revisionist history of the world with this kinetic revenge saga...
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Ran

1985
Orion Classics
Like Orson Welles, Akira Kurosawa found it difficult to find backing for projects in his later...
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Seven Samurai

1956
Columbia
BTS details the troubled production of one of Kurosawa’s greatest achievements, a mythic and...
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Rashomon

1951
RKO Radio Pictures
Rasho-mon is the name of the gate to the city of Kyoto, the medieval setting of...
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Inherit The Wind

1960
United Artists
1960 audiences who saw Stanley Kramer’s film version of Jerome Lawrence and...
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The Pirates of Blood River

1962
Columbia
There aren’t a lot of movies about Huguenots,...
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The Horror of Frankenstein

1970
Hammer
Generally considered the nadir of the Hammer Frankenstein series, this...
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The Phantom of the Opera ’62

1962
Hammer Films
Cary Grant starring in a Hammer...
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Enter the Dragon

1973
Warner Bros.
A huge international hit, this first Chinese martial arts movie produced by...
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After Hours

1985
Warner Bros.
A hapless Griffin Dunne tries to make his way home from New York’s Soho...
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Becket

1964
Paramount
Out of circulation for decades, Peter Glenville’s acclaimed film of Jean Anouilh’s 1959 play was recently...
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Mutiny on the Bounty

1962
MGM
Filmed previously in 1915, 1933 and 1935, this souped-up version...
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The Survivor

1988
Columbia Broadcasting System
Brian Trenchard-Smith created this trailer for an Aussie supernatural thriller that never made it...
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Billy Liar

1963
Continental Distributing
One of the key works in the early British “kitchen sink” movement, John Schlesinger’s...
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Django

1973
Horse Man
Although it  made almost no impact in the American market, Sergio Corbucci’s violent entry in Europe’s ...
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The Mighty Peking Man

1978
WW Entertainment
Quintessential seventies cheese from the Shaw Bros. Hong Kong factory....
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Stunt Rock

1982
Film Ventures International
Here’s what you need to know about STUNT ROCK: Grant Page (Australian wild man)...
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At the Earth’s Core

1976
AIP
After hitting pay dirt with The Land That Time Forgot,...
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Land Raiders

1970
Columbia
Brian Trenchard-Smith is one of the LAND RAIDERS Like some other gurus, Brian Trenchard-Smith...
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Never Take Candy from a Stranger

1961
Astor Pictures Corporation
Controversial and little seen in its...
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Where Eagles Dare

1969
MGM
World War II meets James Bond. Elliot Kastner’s action-packed, enduringly popular superproduction...
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How the West Was Won

1962
Cinerama Releasing Corporation
The second dramatic film shot in three-panel Cinerama,...
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Battle of the Bulge

1965
Warner Bros.
The flat plains of Spain make a visually inaccurate backdrop...
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Dr. No

1963
United Artists
The first entry in the greatest tentpole series of all time, seven of which...
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The Last Wave

1978
World Northal
A hypnotic achievement from Peter Weir’s Australian mystical period. He claimed got...
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The Man from Hong Kong

2007
Universal
Brian Trenchard-Smith’s fourth directorial effort is a kinetic,...
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The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

1958
Columbia
A generation of baby boomers were forever enchanted...
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Hell to Eternity

1960
Allied Artists
Allied Artists, the scruffy B-picture studio which sprang from the lowly origins...
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Revolt of the Slaves

1961
United Artists
Regrettably, we haven’t paid much attention here at TFH to...
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