Award Winning film “The Argentinian Escape” officially released online!

The Argentinian Escape: I’m incredibly excited to announce that this award winning adventure short film has now been officially released online! An army pilot travels to South America on vacation with his fiancee where she is kidnapped and he is drawn into a dangerous encounter with an underground Argentinian narcotic smuggling operation.

Official Poster For THE ARGENTINIAN ESCAPE

Official Poster For THE ARGENTINIAN ESCAPE

After an amazing premiere in Perth, “The Argentinian Escape” has traveled to the United States where it was nominated for two awards as well as being nominated for further awards and winning one at the 2013 West Australian Screen Awards! I’m very proud of this film and of every person who has been responsible for bringing it to life, and now it can be shared with everybody on the web. Please watch in full-screen and maximum image resolution, and read below for some exciting background material on the production.

The film was produced in 2011 following the incredible success of “Double Cross” (you can watch that film here). My aim as a director and producer was to open up my film-making to a much more emotionally satisfying adventure narrative which would appeal to a more broad audience than before. I could never have predicted the support that I gained from the superb cast and crew that jumped on board to make this film a reality. Everybody involved in the filming did an incredible job, and the post-production team took the film way beyond the next level in terms of production value.

Official Selection Laurels for 2012 Action On Film Festival

Official Selection Laurels for 2012 Action On Film Festival

Of course, one of the especially exciting results of the film is its international success with a number of awards. Briefly, the awards success list reads:

2012 Action On Film Festival in California.

  • Nominated Best Original Music Composition–Sam Cutri (competing against long-form feature films!)
  • Nominated Best Breakout Action Star–Stuart Bender

2013 West Australian Screen Awards.

  • WINNER Best Music Composition (Short Form)–Sam Cutri
  • Nominated Best Use of Visual Effects–Stuart Bender
Sam Cutri showing his WINNING award for music composition

Sam Cutri showing his WINNING award for music composition

For some fascinating behind the scenes clips that reveal the secrets of how such a production is accomplished, please check out these following snippets:

Finally, I want to thank each and every single person who contributed to this film. It was a massive undertaking by all involved, and I’m totally proud of the final result. Enjoy the film!

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Film credits:

Produced by Stuart Bender

Directed by Stuart Bender

Written by Stuart Bender and Robert Livings

Cinematography by Marc Finn

Camera assistant/focus puller: Vaughn Clements

Grips: Travis Mijat and Shane Day

Location sound by  Julian Costa and Luke Griffiths

Editing and colour grade by Cristian Broadhurst

Sound design by Luke Griffiths

Original music composition by Sam Cutri

“Tango Voodoo” ©2011 by Cathie Travers, Performed by Saggezza

Visual Effects by Stuart Bender

Production design by Rachel Winning

Tango dancers: Matt Mackay and Grace Morrissey

Car stunts by Michael Bozza
Cars provided by Bozzauto Film Vehicles
Fight choreography by Dave King
Aircraft pilot Peter Hill
Airfield liaison Ashley Smith
Thanks to Northam Aeroclub
Spanish translation by Celeste Sciacchitano and Bryn Bender
Stills photography by Alex Howell, Rob Securo and Wade Ranson
Behind the scenes crew: Mark Rooke-Jones, Alex Cahill, Sean O’Keeffe and Marissa Bahar
Cast: Stuart Bender, Rachel Winning, Bruce Denny, Dave King, Adam Burstein, Lynn Crasto, Michael Bozza, Wade Ranson, Vedran Yaksich, Valentina Carboni, Aimee Facchini, Natalia Sampaio and Luke Farrell.
Guest starring: Marcelo Lopez
Assistant producer: Luke Griffiths
Produced by Stuart Bender Films (2012)

Behind the scenes: Claremont Showgrounds shootout!

Behind the scenes of the climactic shootout in “The Argentinian Escape!” This week shows you how we filmed at the Claremont Showgrounds.

Special thanks to Matt, and the Royal Agricultural Society of WA for arranging access to the showgrounds. Thanks also to Kevin Clarke for providing the awesome cars to add that interesting touch to the location.

Remember to click the very simple links at the end of the video for more exciting behind the scenes and completed action films!

Behind the scenes of the TANGO SHOW in Stuart Bender’s “The Argentinian Escape”

To set the authentic flavour for “The Argentinian Escape,” we created sexy a Buenos Aires tango show! See behind-the-scenes of how the amazing music, captivating dancers and beautiful club location kick this film off with a classy touch. Thank you once again to Ryan and the Voodoo Lounge for furnishing us with an amazing location to film in! Thanks also to Cathie Travers and Saggezza for the incredible music, and Matt & Grace for their beautiful tango performance!


This exciting short film will be premiering very soon! Check out some previous behind-the-scenes of the film below:


More behind the scenes: The car chase of Stuart Bender’s “The Argentinian Escape”

This week on the behind the scenes of “The Argentinian Escape” you can see how the filmmakers put together the exciting car-chase that happens during the action-packed climax of the film!

Set in the exotic South American location of Buenos Aires, Argentina, “The Argentinian Escape” is the brand new action adventure film from director/producer Stuart Bender.

Thanks to Michael Bozza and Bozzauto Film Vehicles for their extremely valuable contribution to this particular scene!

Please pass on these clips to other people. Also remember to check out the other behind the scenes clips as we prepare for the release of this exciting followup to last year’s award nominated “Double Cross” (read about Double Cross here).

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[Photo credit: Alex Howell]

Behind the scenes of the hotel fight scene in Stuart Bender’s film “The Argentinian Escape”

An army pilot travels to South America on vacation with his fiancée, where she is kidnapped and he is drawn into a violent encounter with an underground Argentinian drug smuggling operation.

Set in the exotic South American location of Buenos Aires, Argentina, “The Argentinian Escape” is the brand new action adventure film from director/producer Stuart Bender.

Today sees the exciting announcement the upcoming release of the follow-up short film to last year’s extremely succesful film “Double Cross.”

In the months leading up to the release of this exciting film, I’ll be releasing short teaser clips and trailers to whet your appetite. In this first clip you will see the amazing Buenos Aires hotel set designed and constructed by production designer Rachel Winning (and her dedicated team). Massive thanks to Howard Worth, Steve Smith, Keith Coote and Michael Cunningham at Curtin University for their assistance with the studio.

Here are a couple of great sneak-peek photographs from behind the scenes of other parts of the film. There will be video clips and more pictures coming soon over the next few week. Each clip will showcase the incredible work of the best cast & crew I’ve ever worked with!

[Photo credit: Wade Ranson]

[Photo credit: Alex Howell, http://www.AlexHowell.com]

Stay tuned for more, and please enjoy the previous film “Double Cross” which you can read about in the blog post below.