New York City and Los Angeles exploitation fans will have the rare opportunity to attend a 35mm screening of Ozploitation classic Stone in the coming months. While a groundbreaking success and highly controversial upon its release in Australia, Stone is sadly unknown outside of its native country. Sandy Harbutt co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in this ambitious, gritty, genuine biker genre innovator, now championed “the dark side of Easy Rider“ and the forerunner to Mad Max and The Road Warrior.
From Cinefamily’s screenings notes:
It triggered Australia’s exploitation explosion, and remains one of the most infamous biker movies in genre history! Never before screened in Los Angeles, Stone is the full-throttle saga of an undercover cop (Ken Shorter) who infiltrates the outlaw Grave Diggers (led by producer/director/co-writer Sandy Harbutt), a vicious clan with vengeance in their hearts, violence on their minds, and 150 horsepower of screaming steel between their legs as they thrash down the highway on a one-way trip to hell. This fantastically whacked-out biker parade, featuring a host of recognizable faces from Mad Max, Picnic At Hanging Rock and The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert co-starring with members of the Sydney chapter of the Hell’s Angels, is highlighted by a host of top-notch psychedelic touches: slo-mo bike accidents, hallucinogenic trips, death-defying freefall cliff stunts — and a soundtrack full of lysergic swamp-funk rhythm section work, electronic percussion, didgeridoo and treated keyboards all intermingling to create an insane orgy for the ears, one equal to the killer brawls and falls in this ultimate Down Under classic!
Stone will screen at Film Society Of Lincoln Center in NYC on August 13th featuring a pre-show onstage turntable warmup by Andy Votel of B-Music/Finder’s Keepers Records who recently reissued Billy Green’s legendary Stone soundtrack on LP and CD. The event is also co-presented by Other Music and WFMU.
Stone will screen in Los Angeles at Cinefamily on September 12th including a special DJ set from Andy Votel and a biker rock afterparty with motorized footage curated by Cinefamily’s own Tom Fitzgerald.