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Zulu Dawn

Released 1980
Distributor American Cinema Releasing

Cy Endfield, who directed 1964’s Zulu, wrote the book and screenplay for this 1979 prequel helmed by Douglas Hickox. It’s a similarly sprawling epic featuring even more Hollywood heavyweights including Burt Lancaster, Peter O’Toole, John Mills, and Bob Hoskins in a small role. Despite all the firepower—on the battlefield and in the cast list—the film failed to make the same impact as Endfield’s original.

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.