Brian Trenchard-Smith is an Anglo Australian film and television director, producer, and writer, with a reputation for large scale movies on small scale budgets. Quentin Tarantino referred to him in Entertainment Weekly as one of his favorite directors. His early work is featured in Not Quite Hollywood, an award winning documentary released by Magnolia in August 2009. Born in England, where his Australian father was in the RAF, Trenchard-Smith attended UK's prestigious Wellington College, where he neglected studies in favor of acting and making short films, before migrating to Australia.. He started as a news film editor, then graduated to network promos before he became one of a group of young people that, as he recalls, "pushed, shoved, lobbied and bullied the government into introducing investment for Australian made films." He persuaded Australia's largest distribution-exhibition circuit at the time, the Greater Union Theater Organization, to form an in-house production company that he would run. The company made three successful films in a row, and his career was underway. In parallel careers, he was also founding editor of Australia's quarterly Movie magazine for 6 years, and has made over 100 trailers for other directors in Australia, Europe, and America. Among his early successes were the 20th Century Fox release The Man From Hong Kong, a wry James Bond/Chop Sockey cocktail, the Vietnam battle movie Siege Of Firebase Gloria, and the futuristic satire Dead End Drive-In, a particular Tarantino favorite. BMX Bandits, showcasing a 15-year old Nicole Kidman, and Miramax's The Quest, starring ET's Henry Thomas, won prizes at children's film festivals in Montreal and Europe. He has also directed 43 episodes of television series as diverse as Silk Stalkings, Time Trax, Five Mile Creek, The Others, Flipper, Chemistry, and the Showtime docudrama DC 9/11: Time Of Crisis, one of five movies he made for the network.
Among Trenchard-Smith's recent films are Porky's - The College Years, a re-imagining of the famous 80's franchise of teen comedies, Long Lost Son, starring Gabrielle Anwar and Chace Crawford for Lifetime, and the family drama disaster movie Arctic Blast., starring Michael Shanks and Bruce Davison, which premiered on Spanish television as the number 1 movie with a 15.6 market share, and more than 2.5 million viewers. In Dublin he shot The Cabin, a rom-com starring Lea Thompson for the Hallmark Channel. Recently he produced and directed Absolute Deception, a thriller starring Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. for release by Sony Worldwide Acquisitions and Voltage. Currently on release is the quirky buddy comedy Drive Hard , starring John Cusack and Thomas Jane, which he also co-wrote. His latest original screenplay " Blowback " has been optioned by International Film Management for a Thailand/ Australia co-production. His multi-generic body of work has been honored at the Paris Cinema, Karlovy Vary, Melbourne, Brisbane and Toronto Film Festivals. In 2009, he was a judge at Fantastic Planet Science Fiction & Fantasy, and A Night of Horror Film Festivals. In 2012, he was a jury member for the Ithaca Film Festival. He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Masters of Horror circle, and is a contributing guru to Trailers From Hell.com. and Talkhouse Film. His first novel "The Headsman's Daughter' is available on Amazon and Kindle. He is married to Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith, and lives in Los Angeles.