Director Sandy Harbutt
Costume design Helen Morse
Genre Action, Drama, Adventure
|Release date 28 June 1974|
Writer Sandy Harbutt, Michael Robinson
Genres Action Film, Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Adventure Film, Indie film, Crime Fiction, World cinema, Action/Adventure
Cast Ken Shorter (Stone), Sandy Harbutt (Undertaker), Deryck Barnes (Dr. Townes), Hugh Keays-Byrne (Toad), Roger Ward (Hooks), Vicente Gil (Dr. Death)
Similar movies Survival Zone, Savages from Hell, The Final Alliance, Hells Angels Forever, Dawn of the Dead, Mad Max
Tagline Take The Trip
Wil greenstreet aka billy green stone 1974 aust biker movie
Stone is a 1974 Australian biker film written, directed and produced by Sandy Harbutt. It was a low budget movie by company Hedon Productions
- Wil greenstreet aka billy green stone 1974 aust biker movie
- Stone Forever
Police officer Stone goes undercover with the Gravediggers outlaw motorcycle gang, to find out who is murdering their members, one by one.
The film stars Ken Shorter and features Rebecca Gilling, Bill Hunter and Helen Morse. The film's soundtrack was composed by Billy Green and featured some members of his group Sanctuary. Motorcycles featured include the legendary Kawasaki Z1(900). Stone initially rides a Norton.
The promotional trailer Video on YouTube features narration by radio and media personality John Laws. The film was featured in the documentary, Not Quite Hollywood, in which Quentin Tarantino enthuses about his admiration for the film.
When several members of the GraveDiggers outlaw motorcycle club are murdered, Sydney detective Stone (Ken Shorter) is sent to investigate. Led by the Undertaker (Sandy Harbutt), a Vietnam war veteran, the GraveDiggers allow Stone to pose as a gang member. Leaving behind society girlfriend Amanda (Helen Morse), Stone begins to identify with the Undertaker and his comrades Hooks (Roger Ward), Toad (Hugh Keays-Byrne), Dr Death (Vincent Gil), Captain Midnight (Bindi Williams), Septic (Dewey Hungerford) and Vanessa (Rebecca Gilling), the Undertaker’s girlfriend. Amid violent confrontations with the Black Hawks, a rival gang the GraveDiggers hold responsible, Stone uncovers a political conspiracy behind the killings. When the truth is revealed, Stone must choose between his job and his loyalty to the GraveDiggers.
Sandy Harbutt got the idea in 1970 when he wrote a script for an episode of the TV series The Long Arm in which he was appearing.
The Australian Film Development Corporation invested $154,000 in the film. The remainder of the budget and most of the technical facilities were provided by Ross Wood Productions in Sydney. The movie was shot in late 1973.
The Hells Angels club (Sydney) provided assistance during production.
All Sydney, Australia
Although Stone was given an "R" rating it grossed $1,572,000 at the box office in Australia, which is equivalent to $10,611,000 in 2009 dollars. It made a profit to its investors within 18 months.
Several of the cast went on to appear in Mad Max (1979).
Stone Forever is a 1999 documentary about Stone. Richard Kuipers was contacted by David Hannay and Sandy Harbutt to film a bike ride commemorating the film's 25th anniversary, which led to a full documentary about the impact of the film and the fate of the people who made it.
ReferencesStone (1974 film) Wikipedia
Stone (1974 film) IMDb Stone (1974 film) themoviedb.org