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.) His cult favorites include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, The Siege of Firebase Gloria. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky buddy action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane.

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Talkhouse Film Contributors Remember George A. Romero

By Filmmakers | July 17, 2017

Talkhouse Film Contributors Remember George A. Romero

Lloyd Kaufman, Darren Lynn Bousman, Larry Fessenden, Rodney Ascher, Emily Hagins and more remember the much-loved father of the zombie movie.

How I Swayed the 2004 Presidential Election with My Pro-Bush 9/11 Movie (Even Though I’m a Leftie)

By Brian Trenchard-Smith | November 2, 2016

How I Swayed the 2004 Presidential Election with My Pro-Bush 9/11 Movie (Even Though I’m a Leftie)

Veteran director Brian Trenchard-Smith on the story behind him making the propagandist TV movie DC 9/11: Time of Crisis.

Brian Trenchard-Smith (Turkey Shoot) Talks the Challenges of Making Movies with Animals (Part 2)

By Brian Trenchard-Smith | January 16, 2016

Brian Trenchard-Smith (Turkey Shoot) Talks the Challenges of Making Movies with Animals (Part 2)

The veteran director concludes his two-part piece about his love of animals, and how to get the best out of them on camera.

Brian Trenchard-Smith (Turkey Shoot) Talks the Challenges of Making Movies with Animals (Part 1)

By Brian Trenchard-Smith | December 12, 2015

Brian Trenchard-Smith (Turkey Shoot) Talks the Challenges of Making Movies with Animals (Part 1)

The story of the Director, the Actor, the Guest Star Who Has Seen It All, and a very large, very hungry African lion called Sudan.

Brian Trenchard-Smith (The Man From Hong Kong) Talks His Ill-Fated Trip to Meet Bruce Lee, and the Legacy of the Dragon

By Brian Trenchard-Smith | October 10, 2015

Brian Trenchard-Smith (The Man From Hong Kong) Talks His Ill-Fated Trip to Meet Bruce Lee, and the Legacy of the Dragon

A director whose documentary on the martial arts star was halted by his death, looks at Lee's remarkable life and achievements.

Brian Trenchard-Smith (BMX Bandits) Talks the Unique Ingenuity of the Stones… the Other Stones.

By Brian Trenchard-Smith | August 29, 2015

Brian Trenchard-Smith (BMX Bandits) Talks the Unique Ingenuity of the Stones… the Other Stones.

A master low-budget filmmaker celebrates the work of Andrew and Virginia Stone, the B-movie world's answer to Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville.

Brian Trenchard-Smith (Drive Hard) Talks Turkey Shoot, a Good B-Movie Deed, Finally Rewarded

By Brian Trenchard-Smith | April 25, 2015

Brian Trenchard-Smith (Drive Hard) Talks Turkey Shoot, a Good B-Movie Deed, Finally Rewarded

The journeyman director looks back on one of his most controversial films, and how it caused a (literal) stink among journalists in the U.K.

Brian Trenchard-Smith (Drive Hard) Talks the Dark Side of Co-Production – and the Time Glenn Ford Squeezed His Balls

By Brian Trenchard-Smith | December 20, 2014

Brian Trenchard-Smith (Drive Hard) Talks the Dark Side of Co-Production – and the Time Glenn Ford Squeezed His Balls

The veteran director looks back on a particularly messy job for hire, and a "testicular encounter" with a legendary Hollywood star.

Brian Trenchard-Smith (Drive Hard) Talks Making a War Movie in a War Zone

By Brian Trenchard-Smith | October 18, 2014

Brian Trenchard-Smith (Drive Hard) Talks Making a War Movie in a War Zone

The veteran director recalls making a movie about the Vietnam War in the Philippines — where a real conflict was taking place at the very same time.