Stone

( two- disc set) ( R18+) Um­brella ( 95 min­utes) $ 39.95

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Ian Cuth­bert­son

‘‘ OK, Go Down, you got it. But, be­lieve me, whoever got you’s gonna get got, too.’’ Th­ese are the nearly laugh­able words ut­tered by Un­der­taker, leader of the fic­tional but ap­pro­pri­ately named Gravedig­gers bikie gang, at mem­ber Go Down’s funeral. Sandy Har­butt, who plays Un­der­taker, co- wrote, di­rected and pro­duced Stone , a clunky clas­sic of Aus­tralian cin­ema of the 1970s. In the first few min­utes a clean- en­vi­ron­ment spokesman is as­sas­si­nated JFK- style at a rally to save the parks. Then, in quick suc­ces­sion, three mem­bers of the Gravedig­gers come a crop­per. One has his head neatly re­moved by ra­zor wire stretched across a high­way, one is driven off a cliff to a wa­tery grave he shares with his bike, and our mate Go Down ex­its via that ac­tion film sta­ple, the ig­ni­tion- wired car bomb. Keen- eyed read­ers of Re­view ’ s television pages will have no­ticed last week’s cov­er­age of Out­law Bik­ers: Hells An­gels , in which Jay ‘‘ Bird’’ Dobyns at­tempts to in­fil­trate the Hells An­gels mo­tor­cy­cle gang to find out whether they are en­gaged in or­gan­ised crime. Per­haps the mak­ers had Stone in mind, in which the epony­mous hero ( Ken Shorter) at­tempts to get to the bot­tom of the bikie mur­ders by in­fil­trat­ing the Gravedig­gers. Along the way there is plenty of sex, drugs and rock ’ n’ roll, as well as a thump­ing ’ 70s sound­track with syn­the­siser freak- outs and the big blues voice of the in­cred­i­ble Doug Parkin­son.

EX­TRAS: Fea­turettes, in­clud­ing of the 25th an­niver­sary screen­ing at­tended by 35,000 bik­ers

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.