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Do not adjust your drive-in speaker...


This is the ultimate B-movie feast from the wild, wild East!

Producer: Veronica Fury


Writer/Director: Mark Hartley
Contact: Veronica Fury
Ph: +617 3847 1101 / M: +61401 888 733
Email: veronica@furyproductions.com

Website: www.machetemaidensunleashed.com
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
One Line Synopsis and Short Synopsis

One Page Synopsis

Directors Statement

Producers Statement/Making of Notes

Key Credits List

Mark Hartley Biography Writer / Director / Co - Editor

Veronica Fury Biography Producer

Biographies of Key Creatives

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Interviewee List and Select Interviewee Biographies

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Credits

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Credit Block

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Tech Specs

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MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED!: Synopsis

One Line Synopsis


A fast-moving, no-holds-barred exploration of the blood-drenched and action-packed world of
Filipino genre filmmaking.

Short Synopsis
Karate-kickin midgets! Paper-mch monsters! Busty babes with blades! Filipino genre films of
the '70s and '80s had it all.
Boasting cheap labour, exotic scenery and non-existent health and safety regulations, the
Philippines was a dreamland for exploitation filmmakers whose renegade productions were soon
engulfing drive-in screens around the globe like a tidal schlock-wave!
At last, the all-too-often overlooked world of drive-in filler from Manila gets the Mark Hartley
(NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD) treatment in Machete Maidens Unleashed!. This is the ultimate
insiders' account of a faraway backlot where stunt men came cheap, plot was obsolete and the
make-up guy was packin heat!
Machete Maidens Unleashed! features interviews with cult movie icons Roger Corman, Joe
Dante, John Landis, Sid Haig, Eddie Romero and a large assembly of cast, crew and critics,
each with a jaw-dropping story to tell about filmmaking with no budget, no scruples,
no boundaries and - more often than not - no clothes.
Strap yourselves in - and join us for a non-stop Filipino femme-fest, all the way from the jungles
of the Pacific via the trash cans of the critics!

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MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED!: Synopsis


One Page Synopsis
Machete Maidens Unleashed! is the first detailed examination and celebration of Filipino genre
filmmaking a world where stunt men came cheap, plot was obsolete and the make-up guy was
packin heat!
From the early '70s well into the '90s the Philippines was a back-lot for a bevy of renegade Bmovie makers and cinema visionaries alike. The country was utilized for its inexpensive labour,
exotic locations and distinct lack of rules. A tidal schlock-wave of genre work emerged that
somehow managed to capture the raw, chaotic energy of contemporary Filipino culture. These
productions (a cavalcade of monster movies, jungle prison movies, blaxploitation and kung fu
hybrids) were miraculously made at a time when the country's political situation was repressive
at best. But, this was a revolution that even the Marcos dictatorship couldnt crush!
Machete Maidens Unleashed! begins with the partnership of acclaimed local filmmakers Gerry
de Leon and Eddie Romero whose gore-drenched BLOOD ISLAND trilogy went straight from
jungles of the Pacific to the trash cans of the critics, but in the process found large and
enthusiastic drive-in audiences across America.
When legendary maverick producer Roger Corman was introduced to Romero and de Leon he
instantly discovered the Philippines was economically suited to low budget filming. Corman
quickly set up camp and produced a number of highly successful "Woman In Prison" films
starring genre favourites Pam Grier and Sid Haig.
Throughout the 70s and 80s the appetites of thrill-hungry cinemagoers around the globe
continued to be satisfied by prolific local auteurs Cirio H. Santiago (TNT JACKSON) and Bobby
A. Suarez (CLEOPATRA WONG) and in the late 1970s Francis Ford Coppola re-invigorated
a whole new epoch of filmmaking by choosing to shoot the infamously troubled production,
APOCALYPSE NOW in the Philippines.
Our journey climaxes in 1981 when this country fights back and reclaims its very own special
national identity via the inaugural Manila International Film Festival and accompanying Film
Market. Conceived to showcase the Philippine's glorious screen culture, the market's biggest
success was FOR Y'UR HEIGHT ONLY, a low budget, home-grown James Bond spoof starring
an 83cm primordial dwarf named Weng Weng. The film sold to countless international territories
and is now arguably the most well known exemplar of the Filipino genre film abroad.
Machete Maidens Unleashed! is everything you ever wanted to know about drive-in filler from
Manila! The ultimate insiders' account of genre filmmaking in the Philippines, it boasts a role call
of local and international survivors from this period, including many visiting American B-movie
starlets who were totally unprepared for this devil-may-care school of filmmaking. Sitting
alongside the talking heads are a dazzling array of outrageous film clips from key Philippineslensed productions. This is the ultimate Filipino femme-fest!

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MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED!: Directors Statement


MARK HARTLEY Writer/Director/Co-Editor
When I was first invited to join this project it was focussed on the story of a Filipino dwarf actor
named Weng Weng who had appeared in a number of so-bad-theyre-good James Bond spoofs.
To be honest I knew very little about Weng Weng or genre filmmaking in the Philippines, but the
producer thought that the aesthetic I had brought to my debut feature doc, NOT QUITE
HOLLYWOOD, would be perfect to tell this incredibly strange tale.
NQH had explored a niche subject matter Australian exploitation films and I really had no
interest in telling an even more obscure story. But I was getting flown to Queensland for a
meeting so I thought I should at least do some research so I appeared to know what I was
talking about when I declined the offer to direct this documentary.
However, after hitting the world wide web, I quickly discovered there was a broader and more
interesting (at least to me) story to explore.
In 1972 President Marcos declared Martial Law in the Philippines and with military might took
control of all facets of day to day life in that country - including control of the media. In a nutshell
the Philippines was in the grip of a brutal dictatorship. Fighting back was forbidden, chaos was
contained, indecency was punished and there was absolutely no sign of revolution yet, these
were the key ingredients of the Women in Prison films that the legendary b-movie mogul, Roger
Corman, was producing over there at that time!
I thought if I could re-invent this documentary to be predominantly a fish-out-of-water story about
a motley group of Americans going over to this very dangerous foreign land (for the sake of
saving a few bucks) and producing subject matter that was outlawed over there, then that would
certainly be a documentary I would be keen to be involved in. I figured it would also provide an
interesting back-story to a cavalcade of jaw-dropping clips from the films produced by Corman
and others at this time.
It would also provide me with an opportunity to meet some of my childhood film idols, as
filmmakers like Joe Dante (Gremlins), Allan Arkush (Rock N Roll High School) and Steve
Carver (Lone Wolf McQuade) were all working for Corman at the time and involved in the
marketing of his Filipino productions. Recruiting John Landis (An American Werewolf In London)
as a genre specialist was also a major thrill for me.
Thankfully the producer and the broadcaster liked my take on this tale and the whirlwind
began. The project took me and the core crew from NQH around the globe as we raced on a
tight budget and short schedule to document this wild, untold story - battling along the way
extreme blizzards, deaths of interviewees and the unpredictable nature of shooting in the
Philippines. Hopefully that adventure is reflected in some small way in whats up on the screen.
Enjoy.

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MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED!: Producers Statement/Making of Notes


VERONICA FURY Producer
I first came across the story when I met Andrew Leavold of Trash Video fame. I was interviewing
him for another project I was developing and he was wearing a t-shirt embossed with the slogan
The Search for Weng Weng. I asked him who that was. Andrew told me he had been travelling
to the Philippines in a crazy quest to find out what happened to his favourite Filipino B grade
movie star Weng Weng a pint sized James Bond parody. I was smitten with the story!
After some persuasion we brought in renowned Not Quite Hollywood director Mark Hartley.
This inspired us to explore producing an essay style documentary on this important era - the
history of American B Grade exploitation filmmaking in the Philippines under the Marcos regime
and MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED! was born.
Amanda Duthie, ABC Commissioning Editor and Head of Entertainment and the Arts
championed the project and soon MIFF Premire funds were attached Screen Australia,
Screen Queensland, and Film Vic secured the deal. The next step was not easy - we had a brief
to make a complex genre history film for a broad audience and we only had 8 months to make it
in time for MIFF 2010 premire!
We pulled in the whole creative team from NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD why reinvent the wheel
and with Line Producer Melissa Hines ruling the roost we finished the film in record time.
The result is a well balanced film that is at once funny, informative and historically relevant. It
works for both genre fans and a general audience. To Mark Hartleys credit the film is
intelligently crafted and tightly edited with his co-editor Sara Edwards. Jamie Blanks score helps
drive the tight titillating story along.
Hey, lets go where the action is!

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MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED!: Key Credits


Writer/Director
MARK HARTLEY
Producer
VERONICA FURY
Editor
SARA EDWARDS
MARK HARTLEY
Cinematographer
KARL VON MOLLER
Composition
JAMIE BLANKS
PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE
AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Commissioning Editor
AMANDA DUTHIE
PRODUCED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF
FILM VICTORIA
Investment and Programs Manager: Jana Blair
PRODUCED WITH THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OF
SCREEN QUEENSLAND
PRODUCED WITH THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OF
The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) Premiere Fund
Executive Producer: Mark Woods
An initiative of the State Government of Victoria, Australia
PRINCIPAL INVESTOR
SCREEN AUSTRALIA
Investment Manager: Julia Overton

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MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED!: Crew Biographies


MARK HARTLEY Writer/Director/Co-Editor
Mark Hartley is a multiple ARIA award winning and AFI award winning filmmaker.
In 2008 his highly acclaimed debut feature, "Not Quite Hollywood" - featuring Jamie Lee Curtis,
Dennis Hopper, Barry Humphries and Quentin Tarantino - was selected as opening night film of
the Melbourne International Film Festival before having a 50 print Australian theatrical release
through Madman Entertainment and theatrical seasons in the United States and the United
Kingdom courtesy of Magnolia Films and Optimum Releasing.
At the 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards "Not Quite Hollywood" won Best Documentary and
Mark was awarded the inaugural "AFI Documentary Trailblazer" award. He also received an AFI
nomination for Best Editing.
"Not Quite Hollywood" also won both the 2009 Filmink award and the Film Critics Circle
Association (FCCA) award for Best Documentary - voted by a national body of professional film
critics in Australia.
Prior to embarking on "Not Quite Hollywood", Mark was Australia's busiest music video maker,
directing over 150 promos for local and international artists including Powderfinger, The Living
End, Sophie Monk, The Cruel Sea and Joe Cocker. He has received a total of 8 ARIA
nominations, winning two statuettes (he tied with himself at the 2000 awards). He has also won
a Tui for "Best Music Video" at the New Zealand Music Awards and has been nominated for an
International MTV Award.
In addition, Mark directed the official music video of the XXVII Olympic Games, the video for
Walt Disney's theatrical release, "The Jungle Book 2" and was commissioned by Screentime to
direct the debut music videos for the first two "Popstars" winners.
Mark has also directed a number of long form documentaries on classic Australian Films working
in collaboration with Peter Weir, Bruce Beresford, Gillian Armstrong, Fred Schepisi and Phillip
Noyce. These documentaries have been released internationally through Criterion in the United
States and Second Sight in the United Kingdom. He was recently involved in the production of
the International Blu-ray release of "Baraka" and has also created content for Severin Films and
Blue Underground in the United States.
MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED! is Marks second theatrical feature film.

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VERONICA FURY Producer


Veronica Fury is an award winning producer and company director of Fury Productions Pty Ltd.
Fury Productions is one of Queenslands busiest factual production companies making content
for Australian and International audiences via major television broadcasters, festivals, and DVD
sales.
Upon graduating from Griffith Universitys acclaimed Film School in 2003 she produced two
QPIX documentaries for ABC as part of the Odd Jobs initiative. After a stint at Network Ten in
Brisbane she produced (with Mark Chapman for Big Island Pictures) a one-hour historical
documentary for SBS TV entitled Black Soldier Blues (dir Nicole McCuaig) which was shortlisted for the prestigious NSW Premiers Award in 2006.
After setting up Fury Productions she completed a two part series titled The Glamour Game
(dir/s Susan Lambert & Aviva Ziegler) for SBS in 2007 and in 2008 produced the highly
renowned AFI, FIFA, FIFO nominated Fairweather Man (dir Aviva Ziegler) for ABC which went
on to tie with Bright Star for the highly prestigious NSW Premiers Award in 2010. In 2009 she
produced World Champion Santa (dir David Downey) for ABC and is currently producing The
Trouble with St Marys (dir Peter Hegedus) for ABC and The Curse of the Gothic Symphony
(dir Randall Wood) for ABC and 2011 MIFF Premiere Fund.
Fury Productions has a large number of exciting documentary projects in various stages of
financing including First Fagin (dir Alan Rosenthal) for ZDF/ARTE and Mysteries of the Human
Voice (dir Stefan Moore) for ARTE France.
Fury Productions is currently in an exciting growth period and is expanding to produce a broad
range of high quality screen content. Projects like the ACTF and Screen Queensland funded live
action childrens series The Mango Street Kids is now in second stage development. And a
number of long form factual series are in development under a joint venture with one of New
Zealands premier production companies Greenstone Pictures.
Machete Maidens Unleashed! is Veronicas first feature length documentary.

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SARA EDWARDS Co-Editor


Sara Edwards began her editing career at production company Famous by Tuesday - where
she cemented a long-standing relationship with director Mark Hartley. Together they have
worked on numerous TVCs and music videos including the Aria award winning Madison Avenue
clips. In 2002 Sara began a freelance career and has since worked on many special features for
Umbrella Entertainments DVD releases including Careful He Might Hear You, Lonely Hearts
and Patrick, as well as the Channel 9 TV series "Snake Tales" and two animated children's
series for Channel 10.
Sara co-edited Not Quite Hollywood with Jamie Blanks and Mark Hartley for which she was
nominated for Best Editing in the 2008 AFI Awards. She has returned to the team to co-edit
Machete Maidens Unleashed!.

KARL VON MOLLER Director of Photography


Since graduating from the Swinburne Film & TV School, Karl has worked as a Cinematographer
in advertising and music videos - and it's here that Karl and director Mark Hartley first worked
together.
In recent years, Karl has been shooting long form drama. He shot additional material for the
feature films "Subterano", "The Honourable Wally Norman" and "Under the Gun" followed by the
AFI winning short "Break & Enter" produced by Melanie Coombs. Karl has shot documentaries
on many varied subjects including "Marrying In" by Lea Bolton and "Original Schtick" for Maciej
Wszelaki.
More recently Karl was Cinematographer on the horror films "Storm Warning" and "Long
Weekend". He also photographed the Australian component of "The Bank Job" directed by
Roger Donaldson. Mark Hartley and Karl regrouped on the documentary "Not Quite Hollywood"
and again on "Machete Maidens Unleashed!".

JAMIE BLANKS - Composer


Jamie Blanks started making slasher films in his early teens, chopping up friends and relatives.
In his 20s he graduated to killing off some of Hollywoods rising stars in the horror flicks Urban
Legend and Valentine.
Recently Jamie has directed, edited and scored two Ozploitation movies penned by Everett
DeRoche - the gore drenched Storm Warning and a remake of the 1978 Colin Eggleston
classic, Long Weekend. Jamie has also written the scores to the motion pictures "Crush" and
"Needle". He co-edited Not Quite Hollywood, receiving an AFI nomination for his effort, and
has returned to compose the original music for Machete Maidens Unleashed!.

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MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED!: Interviewees


Interviewee List
Carmen Argenziano, Allan Arkush, Judy Brown, Andrea Cagan, Colleen Camp, Steve Carver,
Roger Corman, Leigh Christian, Marlene Clark, Joe Dante, Jon Davison, Marissa Delgado, Nick
Deocampo, R Lee Ermey, Eddie Garcia, Franco Guerrero, Sid Haig, Gloria Hendry, Jack Hill,
Darby Hinton, Mark Holcomb, Lenore Kasdorf, Rosanne Katon, Jayne Kennedy, Leon Isaac
Kennedy, Paul Koslo, John Landis, Marrie Lee, Margaret Markov, Jan Merlin, Dick Miller,
Christopher Mitchum, Eddie Nicart, Trina Parks, Danny Peary, Barbara Pokras, Corliss Randall,
Susanne Reed, Ricardo Remias, Eddie Romero, Fred Roos, Laurie Rose, Digna Santiago, Jane
Schaffer, Sam Sherman, Dean Tavoularis, Pete Tombs, Joe Viola, Patrick Wayne, Celeste
Yarnall, Joe Zucchero.

Select Interviewee Biographies A-Z


Allan Arkush Director/Former New World Trailer Editor
Allan is an Emmy-winning television director who began his career
in the New World trailer department selling cheap and cheerful Bmovies to an appreciative drive-in audience.

Allan Arkush (L) & Joe Dante (R)

Allan worked his way up through the New World ranks to co-direct
HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD with Joe Dante and achieved cult
immortality when he directed the Ramones in ROCK N ROLL
HIGH SCHOOL.

Judy Brown Actress


After being menaced by live cobras and subjected to all manner of
medieval torture devices in her two Filipino forays, THE BIG DOLL
HOUSE and WOMEN IN CAGES, Judy realised there were much
easier ways to make a living and opened a Bed and Breakfast in
Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

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Andrea Cagan Actress


Decades before Andrea became the celebrated author of the #1
New York Times bestselling biographies of Diana Ross and Grace
Slick, she was stripped nude and hosed down in the titular
chamber featured in Roger Cormans Filipino opus, THE HOT
BOX and declared that it was empowering to women in the
process.

Colleen Camp Actress


Colleen Camp made her film debut in BATTLE FOR THE
PLANET OF THE APES, and just when she thought she couldnt
appear in a worse film she was sent to the Philippines to star in
EBONY, IVORY & JADE.
She has gone on to amass over 100 motion pictures and
television credits including most recently a belated PORKYS
sequel, PIMPIN PEEWEE.

Steve Carver Director/Former New World Trailer Editor


Steve began his career in New World Pictures trailer department
coining such immortal taglines as, They wanted love - she gave
them terror and death.
He eventually topped this achievement when, serving as Director,
he teed off a sweater wearing David Carradine against Chuck
Norris for the ultimate kung fu showdown in LONE WOLF
McQUADE.

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Marlene Clark - Actress


In the 70s Marlene Clark was an exploitation cinema mainstay
appearing in such films as, BEWARE! THE BLOB, GANJA AND
HESS, SLAUGHTER, SWITCHBLADE SISTERS and ENTER
THE DRAGON.
She journeyed to the Philippines to portray a predatory reptile in
NIGHT OF THE COBRA WOMAN and then subjected herself to
an onscreen rape by a dozen over enthusiastic midgets in BLACK
MAMBA all in the name of art.
Roger Corman - Producer
Affectionately known as the King of the Bs, Roger has produced
close to 400 films as well as served as director on over 50
features, including a series of celebrated Edgar Allan Poe (loose)
adaptations. His credits include THE LITTLE SHOP OF
HORRORS, X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES, THE WILD
ANGELS and BLOODY MAMA.
In the early 70s, in an effort to save a dime, he relocated
production of a number of Women In Prison films to the
Philippines beginning with THE BIG DOLL HOUSE.
His B-grade productions have been the launching pad for
countless A-grade filmmakers including Martin Scorsese, Francis
Ford Coppola, Ron Howard and James Cameron.
R Lee Ermey Actor/Military Advisor
A US Marine Corps veteran, R Lee was cast in his first movie
while attending the University of Manila in the Philippines. He was
soon recruited as a technical advisor to director Francis Ford
Coppola on APOCALYPSE NOW.
He is now best known for his role as tough drill instructor Gunnery
Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's FULL METAL JACKET
and has made a lucrative career out of playing the same character
ever since.

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Joe Dante Director/Former New World Trailer Editor


Joe Dante began his film making apprenticeship in New Worlds
trailer department. Alongside Allan Arkush he co-directed the
thinly disguised New World spoof, HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD
before hitting box office boffo with the belated JAWS rip-off,
PIRANHA. He has continued to bring his B-movie sensibility to big
budget
Hollywood
productions
including
GREMLINS,
INNERSPACE and SMALL SOLDIERS.
Allan Arkush (L) & Joe Dante (R)

Jon Davison Producer/Former New World Director of Advertising


In 1972 Jon Davison began working in the New World advertising
and publicity department. His many contributions to the company
include coining the tagline for the sordid STREET GIRLS: Wet
dreams in open jeans.
Davison famously bet Roger Corman he could produce the lowest
budget film New World had made at the time and delivered
HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD in 10 days for under $60,000.
He graduated to producing Hollywood blockbusters including
ROBOCOP and STARSHIP TROOPERS.

Eddie Garcia - Actor


Eddie Garcia is a respected and prolific Filipino actor and director.
His 400+ credits include many US co-productions including
BEAST OF BLOOD, THE BEAST OF THE YELLOW NIGHT,
BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA, THE WOMAN HUNT and
SAVAGE SISTERS.
Remarkably, even with these credits under his belt, he is the most
awarded person in the history of the Filipino Academy of Movie
Arts and Sciences.

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Franco Chito Guerrero Actor


A member of Bobby Suarezs stock company of actors, Franco
appeared as the love-interest in THEY CALL HER CLEOPATRA
WONG and then (more convincingly) as a cross-dressing crimefighter in DEVILS ANGELS.
He finally achieved drive-in fame as the low budget Filipino
Charles Bronson, portraying the stone-faced vigilante, THE ONEARMED EXECUTIONER.

Sid Haig Actor


Big, bald and bearded, Sid Haig has cut an imposing figure across
the big and small screen for over 50 years, appearing in such
seminal exploitation films as SPIDER BABY, FOXY BROWN,
GALAXY OF TERROR and THE DEVILS REJECTS.
In the early 70s he was a mainstay of Filipino genre cinema
notching up many credits including THE BIG DOLL HOUSE, THE
BIG BIRD CAGE, BLACK MAMA WHITE MAMA, BEYOND
ATLANTIS, THE WOMAN HUNT and SAVAGE SISTERS.

Gloria Hendry - Actress


Gloria is best known for being the first African American love
interest to 007 in LIVE AND LET DIE. Riding high on her Bond girl
fame, Gloria ignored the advice of her agent and took the top
billed role in the Philippines-lensed SAVAGE SISTERS. Her bigscreen acting career is yet to recover.

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Jack Hill Producer/Director


Jack Hill is justifiably regarded as exploitation cinema royalty.
After discovering Pam Grier working as a receptionist he cast her
in a number of films that single handedly launched the Women In
Prison genre (THE BIG BIRD CAGE, THE BIG DOLL HOUSE),
breathed new life into the blaxploitation genre (COFFY, FOXY
BROWN) and in the process established Grier as cinemas
number one Soul Sister of the 70s.

Darby Hinton - Actor


Darby graduated from portraying Daniel Boones son for Disney to
slicing open female Karate champ Jillian Kesners costume in the
place of foreplay with his very own ratchet knives for Cirio H.
Santiago in FIRECRACKER.

Rosanne Katon - Actress


Playboy playmate turned exploitation Queen, Rosanne journeyed
to the Philippines to karate kick her way to freedom in a couple of
Cirio Santiago adventures, EBONY, IVORY & JADE and THE
MUTHERS.
Her other genre credits include MOTEL HELL, THE SWINGING
CHEERLEADERS, and ZAPPED!

Jayne Kennedy - Actress


A former Miss Ohio USA, Playboy cover girl and Ding-a-ling sister
on ROWAN & MARTINS LAUGH-IN, Jayne ass-kicked her way
through the Filipino jungle in THE MUTHERS an experience
which served her well when it came time to tackling the world of
male-dominated sports announcing. She fought her way to being
one of the first women to infiltrate this field.

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Paul Koslo - Actor


Paul cemented his cult status by appearing in a number of
eccentric Hollywood gems (VANISHING POINT, THE OMEGA
MAN, FREEBIE AND THE BEAN) and starring alongside The
Duke in ROOSTER COGBURN. His big screen debut involved
taking on the entire Chinese army in the action-packed counterculture classic, THE LOSERS, shot in the Philippines.

John Landis Producer/Director


John started his filmmaking career at the age of 21 dressed in a
gorilla suit helming the simian satire SCHLOCK - and has gone on
to direct (minus the ape suit) some of Hollywoods most
successful films including ANIMAL HOUSE, THE BLUES
BROTHERS, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON,
TRADING PLACES, COMING TO AMERICA and Michael
Jacksons THRILLER music video.

Marrie Lee - Actress


Marrie Lees career began at age 17 when she answered an
advert in the paper asking, "Are you smart, sexy and seductive?".
She auditioned in a miniskirt and won the title role in Bobby A.
Suarezs THEY CALL HER CLEOPATRA WONG.
Marrie braved all manner of injuries as she reprised the role in two
sequels of decreasing quality and safety conditions (DYNAMITE
JOHNSON and THE DEVILS ANGELS) before hanging up her
karate kicking Go-go boots for good.

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Margaret Markov - Actress


Margaret Markov was one of the leading go-to girls when it came
to casting statuesque, liberated blondes in 70s drive-in epics. She
appeared in PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW and THE HOT BOX
before being paired with Pam Grier to great effect in BLACK
MAMA, WHITE MAMA and THE ARENA.
She married B-actor turned A-producer Mark Damon and promptly
retired to Beverly Hills.
Dick Miller Actor/Writer
A regular fixture in not only the films of Roger Corman, but also
his many protgs, Dick established himself as one of the most
beloved character actors ever to appear on the drive-in screen.
His countless credits include A BUCKET OF BLOOD, THE
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, NEW YORK NEW YORK, THE
HOWLING, GREMLINS and THE TERMINATOR.
Dick was paid $500 to rewrite the TNT JACKSON script and
hasnt put pen to paper since.
Christopher Mitchum - Actor
Following in the footsteps of his father, Robert Mitchum, Chris
began his film career appearing in John Wayne pictures. He
quickly graduated to portraying a biker battling Sasquatch in
BIGFOOT and just when he thought his filmography couldnt
contain any more obscure titles, he starred in a number of Filipino
martial arts B-movies including COSA NOSTRA ASIA and
MASTER SAMURAI safe in the knowledge that no one back in
the US would ever see these crimes against cinema.
Eddie Romero Producer/Director
Eddie is considered a pioneer of Filipino cinema and a National
treasure. After teaming up with established local filmmaker Gerry
de Leon and US producer Kane Lynn, Eddie started making films
for the lucrative US drive-in market. He delivered a large quota of
blood, breasts and beasts in such titles as TERROR IS A MAN,
BRIDES OF BLOOD, BEAST OF THE YELLOW NIGHT, THE
TWILIGHT PEOPLE, THE WOMAN HUNT and SAVAGE
SISTERS.
Eddie was named National Artist of the Philippines in 2003.

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Fred Roos Producer


Fred is an Academy Award winning producer whose long-standing
partnership with acclaimed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola
started with him employed as casting director on THE
GODFATHER. He graduated to producing PART II of the
GODFATHER saga and was responsible for locating the muchtroubled production of APOCALYPSE NOW to the Philippines. A
decision he, remarkably, does not regret.
Laurie Rose - Actress
After playing her quota of stalked co-eds (THE ROOMATES,
WORKING GIRLS, BLOOD VOYAGE), Laurie journeyed to the
Philippines where her roles broadened to portraying a kidnapped
and violated nurse (THE HOT BOX) and white flesh sold into
slavery (THE WOMAN HUNT).
After retiring from acting she reinvented herself as International
belly dance star and instructor, Mesmera.
Samuel M. Sherman Producer/Distributor
Sam started his film career cutting trailers and designing wild
advertising campaigns for Hemisphere Pictures Filipino
productions. After creating the Oath of green blood to help sell
THE MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND he partnered with
filmmaker Al Adamson and produced a slew of low-budget drive-in
fodder including DRACULA Vs FRANKENSTEIN, PSYCHO A
GO-GO, BLAZING STEWARDESSES and GIRLS FOR RENT.
Brian Trenchard-Smith - Director
Since his karate chopping directorial debut, THE MAN FROM
HONG KONG, Brian has applied his high-camp sensibility to over
30 feature films working in niche genres unexplored by most
mainstream directors the atomic-dog genre, the killerleprechaun genre, to name but a couple. However, his greatest
achievement is surviving directing Wings Hauser in the
Philippines-lensed THE SIEGE OF FIREBASE GLORIA.

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Dean Tavoularis Production Designer


Dean is an Academy Award winning production designer whose
impressive list of credits include BONNIE AND CLYDE,
ZABRISKIE POINT, LITTLE BIG MAN, THE GODFATHER trilogy
and HEAT. While making APOCALYPSE NOW in the Philippines,
Dean spent months building grand and painstaking sets only to
see them demolished by hurricane Olga. To this day he is still
unable to watch the film.
Joe Viola Writer/Director
Straight out of the advertising industry, Joe partnered with novice
producer Jonathan Demme to bring a duo of exploitation classics
to the drive-in screen for Roger Corman ANGELS HARD AS
THEY COME and the Philippines based THE HOT BOX.
After penning the Pam Grier vehicle, BLACK MAMA, WHITE
MAMA, he turned his talents to the small screen writing for shows
as diverse as THE BIONIC WOMAN and LAW & ORDER.
Patrick Wayne - Actor
Boasting a square jaw, blue eyes and 62 frame, there was no
doubt actor Patrick Wayne would end up in the Philippines battling
humanoid fish creatures in BEYOND ATLANTIS.
As well as appearing in a large number of westerns many
alongside his father, John Wayne Patrick starred in the largescale fantasy adventures SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER
and THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT.
Celeste Yarnall - Actress
Boasting a CV full of ultra cool cult TV credits (including THE
WILD, WILD WEST, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. and STAR
TREK) as well as roles in BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE and
LIVE A LITTLE, LOVE A LITTLE, Celeste went from being wooed
by both Elvis Presley and Captain Kirk to being terrorised by a
paper-mch-faced monster in BEAST OF BLOOD (1971).
Celeste didnt think of this as a career hiccup until she discovered
her dressing room in the Philippines was a cave that also doubled
as the mens latrine!

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MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED!: Complete Credit List


Writer/Director
MARK HARTLEY
Producer
VERONICA FURY
Editors
SARA EDWARDS
MARK HARTLEY
Cinematographer
KARL VON MOLLER
Original Music
JAMIE BLANKS
Line Producer
MELISSA HINES
ABC Commissioning Editor

Amanda Duthie

Associate Producers

Andrew Leavold
Mark Hartley

Production Co-ordinator

Susan Hadwen

Camera Assistant

Angelo Sartore

Sound Recordist
Unit Production Co-ordinators

Production Assistants

Make Up

Jock Healy
Daniel Hooker (Los Angeles)
Geraldine Hawkins (London)
Rob Most (New York)
Jason Tarrayo (Philippines)
Leollyne Teng (Singapore)
Ella Holmes
Marlane Ghmed
Amelia Paxman
Karina Astrup
Alex Noble
Maria Cullati

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Additional Camera
Additional Sound

Vincent Monton
Mickey McMullen

Stills Camera

Karl von Moller

On-line Editor

Sonia Cook

Post Supervisor
IT Consultant
Colourist
Post Co-ordinator
Sound Post Production
Sound Mixer
Sound Editors
Soundfirm Facilities Co-ordinator
Graphic Design, Animation &
Supervision
Animators

Stills Animation
Production Accountants
Legals

Sara Edwards
Tony Corr
Stanley Lopouzanski
Paul Cross
Deluxe Melbourne
Soundfirm Australia
Robert Mackenzie
Andrew Neil
Jamie Blanks
Kathy Charles
Marcus Cobbledick
Madman
Roger Blayden
Matt Griffiths
Eric Ocson
David Barrett
Famous by Tuesday
Vickie Gest
Jacinta Morris - CORPACC
Peter Bolam
Bolam Legal
Shaun Miller
Marshalls & Dent Lawyers

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Auditor
Insurance Broker
Completion Guaranty provided
through

Peter Campbell-Innes
Ham Brothers
H W Wood Australia
First Australian Completion Bond
Company Pty. Ltd

OUR DEEPEST APPRECIATION TO OUR INTERVIEWEES


Carmen Argenziano
Judy Brown
Steve Carver
Marlene Clark
Marissa Delgado
Leo Fong
Sid Haig
Darby Hinton
Rosanne Katon
Paul Koslo
Margaret Markov
Christopher Mitchum
Danny Peary
Corliss Randall
Eddie Romero
Digna Santiago
Brian Trenchard-Smith
Joe Viola

Allan Arkush
Andrea Cagan
Roger Corman
Joe Dante
Nick Deocampo
Eddie Garcia
Gloria Hendry
Mark Holcomb
Jayne Kennedy
John Landis
Jan Merlin
Eddie Nicart
Efren C. Pinon
Susanne Reed
Fred Roos
Jane Schaffer
Dean Tavoularis
Patrick Wayne
Joe Zucchero

Alan Birkinshaw
Colleen Camp
Leigh Christian
Jon Davison
R Lee Ermey
Franco Guerrero
Jack Hill
Lenore Kasdorf
Leon Isaac Kennedy
Marrie Lee
Dick Miller
Trina Parks
Barbara Pokras
Ricardo Remias
Laurie Rose
Sam Sherman
Pete Tombs
Celeste Yarnall

FILM CLIPS
TERROR IS A MAN
THE RAIDERS OF LEYTE GULF
THE WALLS OF HELL
BRIDES OF BLOOD
MAD DR OF BLOOD ISLAND
BEAST OF BLOOD
Courtesy of Independent-International Pictures, Sam Sherman
THE BIG DOLL HOUSE
WOMEN IN CAGES
THE BIG BIRD CAGE
THE HOT BOX
NIGHT OF THE COBRA WOMAN
SAVAGE!

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FLY ME
THE WOMAN HUNT
TNT JACKSON
COVER GIRL MODELS
HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD
UP FROM THE DEPTHS
FIRECRACKER
Courtesy of New Horizons Picture Corp
HOLLYWOODS WILD ANGEL
Courtesy of Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc
IMELDA: POWER, MYTH, ILLUSION
Courtesy of Unico Entertainment, Inc.
BEAST OF THE YELLOW NIGHT
THE TWILIGHT PEOPLE
Production Company: Four Associates Ltd
BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA
1973 Orion Pictures Corporation
All Rights Reserved.
Courtesy of MGM MEDIA LICENSING
SAVAGE SISTERS
1974 Orion Pictures Corporation
All Rights Reserved.
Courtesy of MGM MEDIA LICENSING
CIRIO SANTIAGO INTERVIEW FOOTAGE
Courtesy of The Weinstein Company
A DECADE UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Courtesy of The Independent Film Channel LLC
BEYOND ATLANTIS
THE MUTHERS
Production Company: Dimension Pictures
EBONY, IVORY & JADE
Courtesy of Media Group International Limited
APOCALYPSE NOW
1979 American Zoetrope
All Rights Reserved

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HEARTS OF DARKNESS
1991 American Zoetrope
All Rights Reserved
STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE
Courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd.
Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope & 1977 and 1997 Lucasfilm Ltd.
All rights reserved. Used under authorization.
Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable law.
COSA NOSTRA ASIA
MASTER SAMURAI
BIONIC BOY
THEY CALL HER CLEOPATRA WONG
DYNAMITE JOHNSON
DEVILS ANGELS
THE ONE ARMED EXECUTIONER
Courtesy of BAS FILMS
VAMPIRE HOOKERS
Production Company: Cosa Nueva
THE LOSERS
Courtesy of American Movie Classics Company LLC
THE IMPOSSIBLE KID
Production Company: Liliw Films International
FOR YUR HEIGHT ONLY
Courtesy of Spectacular Films
FOOTAGE COURTESY OF
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Library Sales,
Andrew Leavold, AP Archive, Joe Dante,
ITN Source/Reuters, Thought Equity Motion
STILLS AND ADDITIONAL ARCHIVAL MATERIALS COURTESY OF
Allan Arkush, Jan Ashley, Andrea Cagan, Steve Carver,
Cultural Center of the Philippines, Franco Guerrero, Jack Hill,
Eric L Hoffman, Margaret Markov, Dick Miller, Mowelfund Institute,
MPTV/Austral, Philippines Information Agency, Corliss Randall,
Eddie Romero, Fred Roos, Laurie Rose, Digna Santiago,
Sam Sherman, Suarez Family/BAS Films, Pete Tombs

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MUSIC
LETS GO WHERE THE ACTION IS
(BOYCE / HART) 1966 Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc.
Performed by TOMMY BOYCE and BOBBY HART
All rights administered & licensed by EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd.
THE PRODUCERS WISH TO THANK
Tikoy Aguiluz, Jose Mari Avellana, Roy Arabejo, Arianne Ayers, Matt Cowal
and Tom Quinn at Magnolia Pictures, Hadrian Belove, Vicky Belarmino,
Helen Bernhagen, Jock Blair, Caroline Boyce, Mark Alan Brown,
Helen Canham, Zac Carlson, Lars Nilsen and Tim League at the Alamo Drafthouse,
Sonia Cenidoza, Hannah Collett, Sue Collins, Joe Connor,
Nina Dandan, Elijah Drenner, Jane Franken,
Paul Harris, Luz Linda Johnson, Anna Kamasz, Lucy Maclaren, Mike Malloy,
Xavier Mendik, Richard Moore, Greg Newman, Alan Osborne, Chris Poggiali,
Fred Olen Ray, Renegade Factual, Jeffrey Schwartz, Jess St Bruno,
Margy Stimson, Ant Timpson, Brian Udovich, Luigi Verzosa,
Calum Waddell, Ros Walker, Corine Moisy Fegan & Jude Weaver,
Todd Wieneke, Brendan Young
SPECAL THANKS
David Barrett and Tony Corr
Adapted from Andrew Leavold's THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG project
Produced in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Produced with the assistance of

Investment and Programs Manager: Jana Blair


Produced with the financial assistance of

PRINCIPAL INVESTOR

Investment Manager: Julia Overton


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MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED!: Credit Block

SCREEN AUSTRALIA, FURY PRODUCTIONS, BIONIC BOY PRODUCTIONS in association with


AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE FUND,
FILM VICTORIA and SCREEN QUEENSLAND present MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED!
director of photography KARL VON MOLLER original music JAMIE BLANKS edited by SARA EDWARDS and MARK HARTLEY
line producer MELISSA HINES associate producers ANDREW LEAVOLD and MARK HARTLEY
produced by VERONICA FURY written and directed by MARK HARTLEY

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MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED!: Technical Notes

Production Format:

HDV 16:9 Anamorphic

Release Formats:

Digital Betacam 16:9 Anamorphic


HD Cam 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound Configuration:

Tracks 1 & 2 Stereo Mix


Tracks 3 & 4 M&Es

Date of Production:

2010

Release Date:

2010

Duration:

Feature Release 84
Television Release 55

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