MONSTER PICTURES in association with DEATH RIDES A RED HORSE presents THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG Director of Photography JORDAN ARABEJO Original Music DAMIAN DEVAUX, FRANCIS DE VEYRA, THE SCREAMING MEANIES, THE CHUDS, ROY ARABEJO Sound Design CORINNE DE SAN JOSE Edited by JAMES SCOTT Line Producer KRISTINE KINTANA Produced & Written by DANIEL PALISA, ANDREW LEAVOLD Directed by ANDREW LEAVOLD

ANDREW LEAVOLD (DIRECTOR, CO-WRITER, CO-PRODUCER):

Andrew owned and managed Trash Video, the largest cult video rental store in Australia, from 1995 to 2010. He is also a published author, researcher, film festival curator (Brisbane International Film Festival, Melbourne Underground Film Festival), musician, TV presenter, occasional filmmaker, and above all, unrepentant and voracious fan of eccentric and lowbrow cinema.


Lesbo-A-Go-Go (2003), Leavold's no-budget exercise in recreating a Sixties Doris Wishman-style exploitation feature, was followed by Bluebirds Of Peace And Destruction (2006), a hyper-real reconstruction of a famous Brisbane vampire slaying. The Search For Weng Weng, now in the first months of release, chronicles Leavold's quest to find the truth behind the 2'9" Filipino James Bond. His research on genre filmmaking in the Philippines formed the basis of Mark Hartley's documentary Machete Maidens Unleashed! (released internationally in 2010), on which Leavold is also Associate Producer. A PhD student at Brisbane’s Griffith University, Leavold’s thesis is soon to be published as a book entitled “Bamboo Gods And Bionic Boys: A History Of Pulp Filmmaking In The Philippines”.

With writing partner Daniel Palisa, Leavold has completed the action script Blood Red Sea, a bloodthirsty mercenaries-versus-modern pirates tale to be shot in the Philippines, now in the funding stage. Palisa and Leavold also worked on celebrated Filipino digital filmmaker Khavn de la Cruz’s short Zombie Mariachi (2007) and joined Khavn on stage performing a live improvised score for Squatterpunk (2007) at the 2007 Brisbane International Film Festival.

DANIEL PALISA (CO-WRITER, CO-PRODUCER):

Brisbane-based producer, writer, SFX and prosthetics artist, film concept artist and film festival programmer specializing in obscure, cult and genre film, working with the Brisbane International Film Festival for nine years. Palisa developed a keen interest in Philippine genre cinema after taking on a production role on Andrew Leavold's The Search For Weng Weng documentary in 2008 and formed part of the Australian contingent for Khavn De La Cruz' Brockas backing band scoring his film, Squatterpunk (2007). Palisa has spent the better part of twelve years working as a SFX artist on numerous shorts and features and has just completed co-writing Blood Red Sea which is now in the financing stages of development.

 

"First and foremost, this project has been a labour of love, and we have tried our very best to maintain it on our own terms, to this point a self-funded and self-sacrificing exercise in one man's obsession for a disposable hero, who had been exploited and forgotten about by the pop culture machine. If the years chasing down his story has taught us anything, it's that even the little guy, under the most cruel and debilitating circumstances imaginable, can rise up and become something extraordinary."