CANNES 2007 Press release
Lizzie and Johnny go cruising in his 68 GT Mustang looking for some action, and find more than they expect. Johnny’s exotic ex-girlfriend underworld member Ming catches wind of Lizzie and Johnny being in town ... and her Boss wants them. The underworld attempts to ransom the life of Lizzie’s closest and dearest friend Tammy to get to Johnny. Lizzie and Johnny are not pleased!
Lizzie is also a woman searching for love and a stable relationship. As part of her often sensual and erotic journey, her interest in Martial Arts and her connection to Johnny throws her headlong into the dark and frightening underworld scene.
Stephen, "I always liked the idea of cruising around and finding great characters, the mechanic, the steel worker, the girls at Uni. and putting them all together in a film and making them superstars."
BIOGRAPHY FOR THE DIRECTOR STEPHEN HUTHNANCE
Stephen Huthnance obtained his degree at LaTrobe University Melbourne Australia and majored in cinema studies. In 1987 he made The Way of the Warrior a documentary on Martial Arts, for the Documentary Cinema unit.After The Way of the Warrior, he knew he could make a full feature narrative film.
In 1991 he first started shooting on video various scenes with a young University student named Marie. They became partners. Unfortunately with the pressures of a mortgage and the new married life they lacked the funds to continue with the film.
Years later with the mortgage under control Stephen and Marie went for it. Their aim was to make an Australian cult classic! Filming started with three of them, Stephen, Marie and their mate Jim. There was no crew, no actors, no script, no set and most importantly no money. After adding another 10 years to the Mortgage they had their money. One problem solved
In 2000 Stephen set to writing and developing the script that was flexible enough to allow the actors the freedom to be themselves. This is where this film comes into its own. The script was a living document adapting itself to the unique actors he enlisted.
With Stephen’s martial arts (Black belt in karate), security and academic background, he had no end to the number of "colourful characters" that were more than happy to help him out. He now had his actors.
The entire movie was filmed on a "shoe-string" budget. "The crew" would be the actors on the set who weren’t acting.
Stephen used his extensive and diverse network of friends to access all the resources he needed. His mates helped secure the loan of filming sites, cars, animals and all the things he needed.
This film smells of authenticity. Everything in the film is for real there were no special effects in the film. It’s full of real Australian characters that brings to the fore a tougher part of Melbourne's subculture. You see these characters in their own clothes, own work environment, own cars and practicing their own skills. This was a conscious decision by Stephen to use them on the screen in place of "real" actors. He threads them together in a narrative so you can experience the essence and the spirit of each character. The style stands out from other films.
As stated by John Benson Media Studies LaTrobe University
"This film redefines Australia in a different way than most mainstream films. It shows the Australian culture as it has never been shown before! I think it will become an Aussie Cult film"
Stephen's contact at Australian Film and Finance Corp. stated, "Marie is a fantastic actor. The film is compelling. There is definitely an audience for it. A small production company couldn't have done it for under one million dollars."
This movie is a testament to Stephen’s sheer determination, drive and adaptability, which produced a full feature super 16mm film ( 86 mins.) for just under $50,000. This movie is a truly remarkable achievement.
The short in the festival is a reworked 30 min. version of the film.
|Information from earlier contacts|
This 68 GT Mustang is starring in a film called LIZZI, which was made in Australia. It is powered by a 302-4v with a 600 Holley (700 secondaries) and a high rise manifold.
That's why the back of the bonnet is stuck up. A mild cam, extractors and a 2" twin system and straight through mufflers make it a noisy beast.
"It beat four 351 69 mustangs at the drag strip (all street registered) and one big block Chevy."
Lizzi and Johnny meet and they go cruising in his 68GT Mustang, looking for some action and find more than they expect.
They get in contact with underworld gangs.
The film is an action adventure and includes a chase with a big block GTO 65 Pontiac coupe.
Maybe not so interesting on a Mustang site, but this would be no insider site, if we would not have a look at the back of Francis.
His back is fully covered by this nice little tattoo.
Francis is one of the films underworld figures called the "Croc" in real life. He was really bitten by one of his pet crocodiles on 16th Jan this year. It ended up on the TV news and in the newspapers.
The official website
|An official internet site about the film can be found at www.lizzieandjohnny.com.|