Stone (1974 film)
|Directed by||Sandy Harbutt|
|Produced by||Sandy Harbutt|
|Music by||Billy Green|
|Edited by||Ian Barry|
|Distributed by||British Empire Films|
|28 June 1974|
|Box office||$1.57 million|
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 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.
- Ken Shorter as Stone
- Sandy Harbutt as Undertaker
- Helen Morse as Amanda
- Hugh Keays-Byrne as Toad
- Vincent Gil as Dr. Death
- Bindi Williams as Captain Midnight
- James H. Bowles as Stinkfinger
- Rebecca Gilling as Vanessa
- Roger Ward as Hooks
- Lex Mitchell as Ballini
- Susan Lloyd as Tart
- Dewey Hungerford as Septic
- Slim de Grey as Inspector Hannigan
- Owen Weingott as Alder
- Michael Robinson as Pinball
- Ros Spiers as Whore
- Bill Hunter as Barman
- Billy Green as 69
- Deryck Barnes as Doctor Townes
- Harry Lawrence as Caretaker
- Garry McDonald as Mechanic
- Terry Bader as Hamburger
- Drew Forsythe as Fred
- Fred Scheiwiller as Ted
- Tony Allyn as Birdman
- Reg Evans as Solicitor
- Bruce McPherson as Go Down
- Jim Walsh as Bad Max
- John Ivkovitch as Zonk
- Rhod Walker as Chairman
- Ray Bennett as Sergeant Larson
- Neville Overall as Scrag
- Barry Butler as Buzzard
- Peter King as Ferret
- David Bracks as Boots
- Lachlan Jamieson as Hip
- Ros Talamini as Sunshine
- Victoria Anoux as Flossie
- Jane Gilling as Eurydice
- Margaret Ure as Jay
- Jude Matthes as Blue
- Eva Ivkotich as Tiger
- Julie Edwards as Karma
- Karyn Love as Skunk
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.
Filmink magazine said "The biker movie was the modern day Western of choice in the 1960s" but argued this was one of the few Australian films to "embrace it as a story option."
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
- Kurnell on Botany Bay for the opening scene at the first British landing site of Captain James Cook in 1770. Google Map link
- The Domain across from the Art Gallery of NSW; public forum and the assassination. Google Map link
- Lurline Bay for the stunt ride off the cliff into the ocean. Google Map link
- Gore Hill Cemetery, near Royal North Shore Hospital. Google Map link
- F3 Freeway, north of Sydney (including crossing the Hawkesbury River many times, including in the wrong direction) for the funeral procession. Google Map link
- Balmain for the pub ("Forth & Clyde" -now closed) Forth & Clyde Hotel and street fight scenes. Google Map link
- Northern Beaches,including Bilgola Beach and Avalon. Google Map link
- Neutral Bay and Mosman streets for the "race" and crash scenes (the park has two ovals, an upper and lower, the race starts at the top of Montpelier St at Forsyth park and goes up through Premier St then across to Alfred St next to the fwy and down to Eaton St then back to the first part of Montpelier St at the bottom of Forsyth park then up to where Stone crashes at an s-bend turn in the middle of the park). Google Map link
- Middle Head Fortifications on Sydney Harbour at the Gun emplacements. Google Map link
- Beehive Casemate Interior scenes for the gang’s hide out were shot inside the Beehive Casemate in Obelisk Bay and made to look as though it was part of the Middle Head Fortifications.
- Washaway Beach for the dawn swim scene. Google Map link
- Lane Cove (mostly Burns Bay Road and River Road) for various group riding scenes. Google Map link
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.
|Directed by||Richard Kuipers|
|Produced by||Richard Kuipers|
|Music by||Billy Green|
|Edited by||Andrea Lang|
|11 December 1999|
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.
- Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998 p278
- Vagg, Stephen (24 July 2019). "50 Meat Pie Westerns". Filmink.
- Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office
- David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p262
- Richard Kuipers, 'THE STONE TRIP - 25 YEARS IN THE MAKING', Urban Cinefile accessed 30 September 2012
- Stone on IMDb
- Stone at the National Film and Sound Archive
- STONE at The "Oz Film Database" Australian Film Database at Murdoch University
- STONE FOREVER -25 Years of Stone at the "Urban Cinefile" database
- The official site of the Stone movie remake - currently in development
- Article in FilmInk about STONE and the remake
- Stone Forever at Australian Screen Online
- Stone on IMDb
- Stone at Oz Film
- Stone Forever at Oz Film