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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Released 2019
Distributor Columbia Pictures

Quentin Tarantino’s lavish reimagining of the events surrounding Sharon Tate’s murder lends a fairy tale glow to a real-life tragedy. Brad Pitt gives a career-best performance as a stuntman reduced to glorified gofer for the often-pickled and soon-to-be has-been actor played to a T by Leonardo DiCaprio. Due to Barbara Ling’s phenomenal production design, 1969’s Hollywood is alive again—and so is Sharon, thanks to Margot Robbie’s bittersweet turn as the sunny starlet.

About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith has 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.) The Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival recently gave him a career achievement award. His cult hits include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive In, The 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. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane. He hopes to shoot a Sci-Fi action picture in Tianjing, China later this year. Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith. His first novel The Headsman's Daughter is available this summer on Amazon and Kindle.