Hollywood Bulldogs from Jon Spira
Today’s Hollywood stunts utilize green screens, CGI, and even trained specialized stuntpeople who went to school for this profession. However, the yesteryear’s stuntmen that dominated before the 1990s came from a variety of backgrounds to take beatings and risk their lives on screen as documented in Jon Spira’s Hollywood Bulldogs: The Rise and Falls of the Great British Stuntmen.
Here is the official synopsis of the documentary:
Hollywood Bulldogs tells the rough-and-tumble story of a small community of British stunt performers who went on to dominate Hollywood in the 1970s and 80s. They choreographed and performed the iconic action sequences of 007, Indiana Jones, Superman, Rambo, Star Wars, Conan, and the Alien films and pretty much everything since. They crashed cars, jumped from burning buildings, shot, stabbed, kicked, and punched their way into cinema history.
LRM Online’s Gig Patta talked with documentary director Jon Spira on his latest project with Hollywood Bulldogs. We talked about his admiration of these tough-as-nails unsung heroes of cinema. Despite being in some of the most iconic scenes, the documentary puts the faces to the actual stories with those impressive moments and scenes.
Jon Spira directed a few documentaries that included Walking Into Film History: Alan Clarke’s Steadicam Shots, Anyone Can Play Guitar, and the Star Wars-related documentary Elstree 1976. Also, he is a credited writer for a couple of episodes in the sci-fi series Lexx.
Hollywood Bulldogs: The Rise and Falls of the Great British Stuntmen documentary is currently streaming on Popcorn Flix for free.
Watch the exclusive interview with director Jon Spira below. Let us know what you think of the interview.