Buckeye and Pinto is a parody of traditional westerns. It merges contemporary Australian references with knowing winks to the films and TV of the filmmakers’ childhoods. They shot the film around Kinglake, Victoria, during the summer of 1977 with director Phil Pinder recounting the film’s development in a cartoon strip for Filmnews (at left).
In 1978 the collaboration continued with Terror Lostralis, the story of the ill-fated journey of Flight 27 from Bombaruppa to Port Lumbago. The film was shot around Bacchus Marsh, Mt Macedon, Erskine Falls near Lorne and a tourist trail called The Canyon. During filming the filmmakers faced many tribulations including car crashes, police visits and being kicked out of a scout camp in the middle of the night.
Narrated by Tracy Harvey, Terror Lostralis is a wonderful take on both adventure films like Tarzan and 1970s disaster films. It includes gratuitous shots of Australian fauna, along with a continued play on Australian place names. Writer and actor Mitchell Faircloth recalled, ‘We figured the best way to make the film was to attempt to make it on a grand scale and let the cheapness take care of itself. Therefore, Terror Lostralis is not a B-grade send-up, but is in fact, authentic B-grade.’